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A 36-year-old member asked:

Could you please tell me symptoms of autism in a two year old boy?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 28 years experience
It varies: Autism is an incredibly complex problem that manifests itself in many ways. If you are looking for a simple answer like you would get for a simpler disease (eg: chicken pox causes fever and rash), then you will be frustrated. There are books on this subject....Big ones. If you are concerned that your child is autistic, you need to see your pediatrician or a pediatric neurologist.
Dr. Allen Lewis
A Verified Doctoranswered
32 years experience
Not all but a few..: Symptoms in ASD are often social & language related. A child may seem hearing-impaired because they don't respond to their name; may have severe sensory or mood regulatory problems due to anxiety or sensory overstimulation; may not speak; nor play with peers. Parents will comment their child seems to ignore, be indifferent to, or even resist affection. Trust your instinct and seek help if worried.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Impairments in : Reciprocal social interaction & social communication + repetitive, non-functional movements manifest differently at different developmental ages. Fill out the developmental & autism-specific screens on www.Firstsigns.Org & take them to your pediatrician, to help your child & others in the practice. You can find " red flags" on the aap's healthy child app or www.Aap.Org. Early intervention is key.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Provided original answer
The Cal. Health Division's Regional Center for Early Intervention will assess your son for free. Try Phyllis Klein, M.ECE, 310-305-7256.
Feb 4, 2013

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Please advise me what to do if my 2 year old is autistic?

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Dr. Keith Ramsey
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine 37 years experience
See Pediatrician: To have your child evaluated for possible autism. Better to know than just wonder. If the diagnosis is autism, then you might to see another specialist. There is an autistic society in many cities where you can get local information and help for practical matters.
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