A member asked:

My 11 month old is walking, babbling, and smiling/making eye contact. my only concern is that he doesn't do hand gestures. is this an autism concern?

5 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Stephanie Chuipek answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

In fact, the babbling is far more important, and many children develop pointing and gesturing skills closer to 13-15 mos of age.

Answered Apr 2, 2016


Dr. Johanna Fricke answered

Specializes in Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral

It is a social/adaptive delay if he doesn't imitate pat-a-cake, peek-a-boo, wave "bye-bye" back when someone waves to him or turn consistently when you call his name. Tell his pediatrician so he/she can do a thorough physical exam, including vision and hearing. You can find developmental screens at firstsigns.Org. An isolated delay does not = asd, but it should be checked out and monitored.

Answered Mar 29, 2014



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