Test Your Autism IQ
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Test Your Autism IQ

There is a lot of mystery surrounding autism and its causes. Take this quiz to test your smarts about autism spectrum disorder.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) occurs in America how often?

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The correct answer is: According to the CDC, autism spectrum disorder occurs in about 1 of every 88 births. Families of all racial, ethnic and social backgrounds anywhere in the world are affected.

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Which of the following is a risk factor for autism spectrum disorder?

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The correct answer is: Children with a sibling or parent with ASD are at a greater risk of having ASD. Autism spectrum disorders tend to occur more often in people who have certain other medical conditions such as fragile X syndrome. About 10 percent of children with an ASD have an identifiable genetic disorder.

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True or false: Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder that typically becomes noticeable during a child's first three years.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Autism often shows up within a child's first 12-18 months.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of the following conditions is an autistic spectrum disorder?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are correct. In addition, pervasive developmental disorder, usually referred to as PDD-NOS, is part of ASD.

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True or false: Boys are four times more likely to have ASD than girls.

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The correct answer is: This is true. ASD is far more common in boys than girls.

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Which of the following is an early indicator of ASD?

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The correct answer is: An early indicator of ASD is no single word spoken by 16 months. Other early signs: no babbling or pointing by age 1, no two-word phrases by age 2, no response to name, loss of language or social skills, poor eye contact, excessive lining up of toys or objects and no smiling or social responsiveness.

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Which of the following is a late indicator of ASD?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are later indicators of ASD, as well as these signs: absence or impairment of imaginative and social play, restricted patterns of interest that seem abnormal in intensity or focus, preoccupation with certain objects or subjects and inflexible adherence to specific routines or rituals.

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True or false: Studies have shown that eliminating gluten from a child's diet will improve the child's autism spectrum disorder symptoms.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Studies have not found evidence to support elimination diets as treatment for autism spectrum disorder.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of the following conditions is common in children with ASD?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. In addition, children with ASD often have other conditions such as learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder.

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True or false: Autism has nothing to do with intelligence.

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The correct answer is: This is true. In recent years, it has become widely recognized that autism has nothing to do with intelligence. Recent studies show that the IQ scores of children on the autism spectrum may not be accurate reflections of their innate intellectual potential.

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True or false: Medication used for attention deficit disorder may sometimes be used to treat autism.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Medications used for attention deficit disorder can sometimes help decrease impulsivity and hyperactivity in autism.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of the following medications are used to treat ASD?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Medicines may be given to decrease anger and anxiety, reduce seizures and improve mood. They may also help decrease repetitive behaviors.

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Children with ASD may also have which of these problems?

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The correct answer is: ASD children often have digestive problems such as stomachaches, heartburn, stomach bloating and diarrhea.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What is applied behavior analysis (ABA)?

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The correct answer is: ABA has been shown to be effective and is a big part of many ASD therapies. This analysis is used to teach the child how to succeed at desired behaviors by analyzing the child's strengths and weaknesses.

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True or false: Seizures can be associated with autism.

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The correct answer is: It's true, a child with autism may have seizures. These may include convulsions or other changes, such as staring off and being unresponsive.

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True or false: Studies have found no connection between autism and childhood vaccines.

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The correct answer is: Some people think childhood vaccines, and especially the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine, may cause autism. But studies have not shown this to be true. It's important to make sure your child gets all childhood vaccines, as they can protect your child from serious diseases.

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Which of the following is true about children with autism and sleep?

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The correct answer is: ASD children may have trouble falling asleep at night or they may wake up many times during the night. They may rock back and forth when they wake. And they may also wake at early hours.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is not true about Asperger's syndrome?

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The correct answer is: Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that was unknown to doctors 25 years ago. It affects boys more frequently than girls, and around 1 in 150 children have it.

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Which of the following is true about Asperger's syndrome?

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The correct answer is: All of the above: Asperger's disorder does not delay other aspects of development. Children with Asperger's disorder may have abnormal social interactions, facial expressions and gestures. But they usually have age-appropriate self-reliance and an interest in the world around them.

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True or false: Young children with Asperger's have normal language development.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A distinction between Asperger's disorder and autism is that young children with Asperger's have normal language development, although the rhythm, pitch and emphasis are irregular.

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It's at age two or three that an autistic child begins showing symptoms of autism spectrum disorders. You pick the child up, and they stiffen up, or may go limp. They no longer smile, don't maintain eye contact, loose language ski...

lls. Autism spectrum disorders include a range of difficulties that can affect social skills, learning, and intelligence. Some children with autism have milder symptoms than others. Medications, education, and behavior management can help autistic children.
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