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A 32-year-old male 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?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephanie Chuipek
Addiction Medicine 40 years experience
Not at all: In fact, the babbling is far more important, and many children develop pointing and gesturing skills closer to 13-15 mos of age.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Not necessarily, but: 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.

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