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whats the variation in development in infants with autism?

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience Pediatrics
Considerable: Children on the autism spectrum present with considerable variation in communication skills, motor + other developmental delays. Changes may be subtle. The m-chat or modified checklist for autism in toddlers is a screening tool for possible autism. Drs use this tool in toddlers from 12-18 mos of age. If an infant has developmental delays- they need referral to a specialist to confirm diagnosis.
Answered on Apr 16, 2016
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
UW website says "in children over 12 mos., preferably over 18 mos." 14 mos. could work. MCHAT.org scores the screen online for parents.
Oct 20, 2012
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
I think there was a " typo." The M-CHAT was validated in children 16-30 months.
Oct 20, 2012
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
I think there was a " typo." The M-CHAT was validated in children 16-30 months.
Oct 20, 2012
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
56 years experience Psychiatry
Great: The view on this keeps changing; please speak with your physician.
Answered on May 11, 2016
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
In infancy: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out!
Answered on Dec 9, 2013

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