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is the inability to focus on sounds a possible symptom of autism?

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Dr. Alan Mease
48 years experience Pediatrics
Development: Usually the problem with autistic children is an over sensitivity to sounds. But there are many features necessary to diagnose autism. If you are concerned see your pediatrician and discuss. There are many good screening tools he/she can do such as q-chat plus a complete history and physical assessment.
Answered on Mar 31, 2014
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Dr. Mark Diamond
46 years experience Pediatrics
Hearing: I agree with dr mease. But also make sure the child's hearing is normal!
Answered on Jan 2, 2015
Dr. Kathryn Akin
37 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Could be?: Persons with autism spectrum disorder often have hypersensitivity to loud noises. They can have other sensory problems that could also cause hypo-sensitivity to noises. This child should have their hearing checked by a qualified audiologist. If hearing is normal, sensory issues can often be helped by a qualified pediatric occupational therapist.
Answered on Jul 22, 2013
Dr. William Singer
51 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Get hearing tested: Difficulty focusing on sounds is not necessarily a sign of autism. Before considering that diagnosis, have a thorough hearing evaluation done.
Answered on Jul 2, 2015

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