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does my daughter have autism or some other developmental delay? it's not the same, right?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Get evaluated: Autism often has developmental delay, either social, motor or language. I obviously do not know your daughter, so they need an evaluation to see what the various issues may be.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Autism is specific: Autism(a) is a label used for a specific set of features & is like diagnosing appendicitis. It is specific. Autism is sometimes uses in a broader sense as ASD -autistic spectrum disorder, which includes autism, aspergers & pervasive developmental delay- not otherwise specified. This lumping together of different problems is sort of like having appendicitis spectrum disorder -belly pain.
Answered on Aug 23, 2016
Dr. Cindy Juster
36 years experience Pediatrics
Autism is different.: Autism is characterized by difficulties interacting with others, abnormal communication skills, and restricted repetitive and stereotyped behaviors. Depending on how severe the autism is, someone could also have mental retardation as well. There are many different types of developmental delays.
Answered on Sep 9, 2013
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
They co-occur: 40-68% of children with autism have intellectual disability, an overall iq <70. Dev, delay in a child too young for iq testing is failing to meet 1 or more dev. Milestones by the age 90% of infants-preschoolers do. Autism is qualitative impairments in social communication, reciprocal social interaction & repetive non-functional movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. See firstsigns.Org.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013

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