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Developmental pediatrician suspects 2-1/2-year-old might have autism. i'm a wreck with worry. please tell me something to make me feel better.

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Right thing: You're doing the right thing by seeking professional help. Please go to autism speaks for more information. There are systems in place to help your child and also help you. Be proactive. Find the best support systems in your area. Don't be put off by your school district's budget constraints. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
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Dr. Pamela Paulhus
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29 years experience
Time: It's okay to be worried. Hang tough, though. Time will tell. Work with the dev pediatrician; maybe even get a second opinion. There are all levels of autism, and many programs available if that turns out to be the diagnosis. The incidence is about 1 in 120 children, so there are many good programs and support systems in place today. Do not give up - your child needs you and vice versa!
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Dr. Neeta Jain
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Autism: Lot of conditions look like autism, also speech disorders are still perceived as autism spectrum disorder. Please let the developmental pediatrician assess your child before you worry.
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