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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?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Only 1 symptom: 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.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
It could be: 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.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Provided original answer
If EI won't diagnose "A"at 14 mos.,video it for your pede to refer to a DBPede. ABA now can really help, but you may have to fight for it.
Nov 18, 2012
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Provided original answer
If EI won't diagnose "A"at 14 mos.,video it for your pede to refer to a DBPede. ABA now can really help, but you may have to fight for it.
Nov 18, 2012
Last updated May 6, 2016

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