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How likely is it to be misdiagnosed for PDD-NOS?

I've been feeling pretty confused and depressed lately because of my diagnosis. I may be in denial or something but I was diagnosed with PDD-NOS which when I was younger and now I'm feeling depressed about it and I'm not sure if I fit in with the description. I think it might of been a misdiagnosis and I'm not sure if that is likely the case. The thing is, after reading about it I don't ...
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Socail skills and the spectrum

Have any of you learned social skills to mitigate autism or the other disorders on the autism spectrum such as aspergers or PDD capable of doing the same?
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autism empathy survey

We often hear that autistic kids lack empathy. However, there are two distinct kinds of empathy - cognitive empathy, which is the ability to figure out how another person is feeling, and affective/emotional empathy, which is having the right emotional response to someone else's feelings.

So I've got a survey for parents to fill out about how well their child shows the two different kinds of empathy. I'm also interested in the relationship between empathy ...
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Does She Have Autism or Just Hearing Difficulties?

I need assistance on determining if my daughter falls onto the Autistic Spectrum or if she is a normal child who is behind cognitively due to hearing difficulties as a child.

My daughter Lily is 3 1/2 years old. She had seven hearing infections from about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years. Her mother and I switched doctors after we learned Lily should have had tubes put in much earlier.

The tubes were put in, ...
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Inspiring video

Hi all,
I would love to share this incredible inspiring video with everyone. The video is on Brandon who recovered from autism using the Son-Rise Program! This is just an amazing story: *link removed by Mod*.
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My autistic sister is self-harming. Help me please.

I'm posting this in the self-harm forum as well, but I feel like people who are more familiar with autism could help tailor a response to my needs better.

Today my mom walked in on my 18 year old sister cutting herself. She claimed it was our dogs scratching her, but when my mom looked her in the eye and told her "You are lying to me." She broke down. She claims she has been ...
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Concerned parents

I am concerned about my nearly 4 year old son. He often times laughs when others are crying. He also repeats words or sentences over and over until we acknowledge him by repeating what he says, acknowledging him in other ways is not enough. Lately he has been saying "cake" all the time. If I make him mad by telling him no he says cake, if I say I love you he says cake. I ...
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Help regarding medication

I am working with a 25- year old autistic girl. For the past few years she is very unquiet. She can be smiling one minute- and then suddenly start to scream. She does not talk and her abilty to communicate is very low, so she has no way of explaining anything to us.
She is currently taking Risperidal 3mg and Tegretol (Carbamazepine) 400mg.
They don't seem to help. They make her drowsy for 3-4 ...
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Not bathing

I am working with a young teenage girl who is 16 years old who refuses to bath herself. She has gone over two weeks several times without bathing and even then has to be made by a female worker or her mother to do so. She is able to do so, but is mother has to force her to do so. She has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS. As a young teenager she was able to ...
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Would a therapist tell you if they suspected autism?

I have recently been researching autism and there are a few traits that I meet. No one has ever said it to my face, but last summer a new friend hinted the possibility to me. However, I have been through emotional and physical abuse from my mother, which may have effected me and give me these "traits" I have today. In a nutshell she was a violent bi-polar alcoholic and drug addict, and I learned ...
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