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My 14 month old sits on his knees raises his hands (usually around bright lights) , grunts, shakes, and exhales. he is delayed. is this autism?

7 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Holly Maes answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

The diagnosis of autism requires your child to have a certain number of criteria to make the diagnosis. While the movement you are describing sounds like it might meet be one of the criteria, there must be a constellation of criteria to actually diagnose. You need to see a professional who is skilled in this area so appropriate diagnosis can be made and the right treatment initiated.

Answered May 6, 2016

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Dr. Johanna Fricke answered

Specializes in Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral

This could be a stereotypy, a repetitive, non-fuctional movement seen in autism with the tensing & relaxing " shudder" of his trunk when excited about the light. If he raises his arms to be picked up, that's non--verbal communication at a 6-9 month level. His early intervention therapists can have you fill out a pddst or do an ados to assess his social communication & social reciprocity.Ask them.

Answered Mar 13, 2013

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