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What can I expect at my son's 6 month check up for autism? Do they do another evaluation ?

What can I expect at my son's 6 month check up for autism? Do they do another evaluation ?

Teacher/ therapist &: Parent written reports of response to intensive behavioral & educational therapy, verbal interval history & objective clinical assessment of developmental & behavioral progress are vital to determine the efficacy of the current program. Early response to therapy, degree of autism & level of cognitive ability are prognostic indicators. Medical evaluation for causes of autism may be completed. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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If a child is showing signs of autism at an early age, 17 months, does that mean they are more likely to be on the more severe end of the spectrum?

Not necessarily: I find 17 months towards the later end of showing some suggestive findings. Autism is not all one entity although we tend to lump them together under one name. Most will develop many skill sets that might seem unlikely when first diagnosed. Cautious optimism should be maintained as you work with those that will provide needed therapy and direction down this unpredictable road. ...Read more

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My 6 month old had said "mama" a few times then stopped. Is this a sign of autism? I read any loss of language at any age is a sign.

My 6 month old had said "mama" a few times then stopped.  Is this a sign of autism?  I read any loss of language at any age is a sign.

Good question, good: Answers! a 6-mo.Old baby communicates non-verbally;e.g., lifting his/her arms to be picked up. For receptive language, begins to inhibit a behavior;e.g., when you say "no" in a low, firm voice while removing him/her from something you don't want touched. Stranger anxiety, also. The aap's healhy child app can be personalized or go to www.Aap.Org & firstsigns.Org has developmental screens. ...Read more

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I was given a rubella vax just after my son was born. I then nursed him for months. He since has been diagnosed with autism. Connection?

I was given a rubella vax just after my son was born. I then nursed him for months. He since has been diagnosed with autism. Connection?

No: There is no connection between vaccines and autism. There is misinformation from many people about this, including from some non-medical hollywood celebrities. The one researcher who claimed this initially later admitted he falsified the results. ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed with high functioning autism when he was 3 six months later his diagnosis changed to pddnos. What is the difference?

My son was diagnosed with high functioning autism when he was 3 six months later his diagnosis changed to pddnos. What is the difference?

It depends: If the original diagnosis was being used interchangeably with asperger's then the skill set must have changed enough to feel there was not enough specificity for that diagnosis. Pervasive developmental delay- not otherwise specified is a broader category of description. The diagnostic criteria is changing and autism spectrum disorder will be the diagnosis and level of function will be added. ...Read more

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My 4.5 month old has started to move his head side to side like saying "no" very often. Someone told me is a sign of autism. Is this true?

My 4.5 month old has started to move his head side to side like saying "no" very often. Someone told me is a sign of autism.  Is this true?

Not really: Is your child doing this as a reaction to your face? Is your child doing this when you are not looking at him? This sounds like an interaction between you and your child so I do not think this is concerning. Is your child doing any other concerning behaviors? Is he fussy and irritable a lot? No eye contact or does not seem to be interested in people including you the parents? ...Read more

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Could my 8 month old be showing signs of autism she doesn't respond to her name has anger outbursts and stares at lights a lotstares into space also?

Could my 8 month old be showing signs of autism she doesn't respond to her name has anger outbursts and stares at lights a lotstares into space also?

Autism Spectrum: Autism Spectrum Disorder -ASD is a complicated diagnosis. The signs you are describing can be a part of ASD. Here is a website that is very helpful, The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism www.thinkingautismguide.com Discuss your concerns with your child's pediatrician. The doctor can do some developmental screening in the office and might refer you for additional testing. ...Read more

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Both my girls was born with really short bilacords can that cause heath issues like autism I have 4 year old and 5 month old?

Both my girls was born with really short bilacords can that cause heath issues like autism  I have 4 year old and 5 month old?

Having a short : Umbilical cord is associated with a higher incidence of developmental delays, but not specifically autism. Call child find of your local school district for free developmental assessment of your 4-yr.-old & early intervention of your state health division for free assessment of your 5-mo.-old, for peace of mind. If your pede doesn't routinely screen development, use the aap's healthy child app. ...Read more

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I took 5-htp for panic attacks and autism for 1 month and it helped for 6 months after that I was back to panic attacks. Should I take it again?

Have you considered: taking a selective serotonin reuptake medication?. These are regulated with good quality controls. I encourage you to see your primary care provider or a psychiatrist so that you can take a prescription medication. ...Read more

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I was born with autism and for the past 3 months i've been depressed. Could I have depression and autism at the same time?

I was born with autism and for the past 3 months i've been depressed. Could I have depression and autism at the same time?

Yes: People with autism just like anybody else can become depressed. Sometimes the symptoms of autism can lead to depression in which case those symptoms should be addressed. Other times it is just a matter of having two conditions and each can be treated. ...Read more

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Hello , i have a 19 month son who is currently saying mom and dad in greek. Should i be concern of autism, altho he smiles and is interactive ?

Hello , i have a 19 month son who is currently saying mom and dad in greek. Should i be concern of autism, altho he smiles and is interactive ?

Sounds like Greek: Baby babble can often sound like a different language from the family. The child's interaction and engagement make the suspicion of autism low at this time. If there is a concern continue to monitor his development with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My B12 levels were 981 ng/L (range 191 -900) a few months ago & Folate 19 ug/L (range 3.8 -20). Pregnant now & worried re: the studies linking autism.

My B12 levels were 981 ng/L (range 191 -900) a few months ago & Folate 19 ug/L (range 3.8 -20). Pregnant now & worried re: the studies linking autism.

No worries: Autism is a set of symptoms without proven causes, and will likely be found to be several different disorders with a variety of causes. Meanwhile, there will be news of "possible" links to this or to that, as each year goes by. Someday, there will be proven links and proven causes. As always, everything in moderation, meaning take prenatal vitamins but don't overdo it, and eat a variety of foods. ...Read more

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Does my 20th month girl twirling her fingers all the time indicate autism? My sil nurse thinks so and casually mentioned it !

Does my 20th month girl twirling her fingers all the time indicate autism? My  sil nurse thinks so and casually mentioned it
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Need more info: Odd movements are one more "criteria". But socialization deficits are much more important in diagnosis: poor eye-contact, no seeking attention (stretch arms/cuddle), disregard of others, no interactive play, poor emotional reciprocity, poor imaginative play, speech atypicalities, "self-centeredness", poor capacity for empathy. Consult a behavioral pediatrician or child psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between high functioning autism and pdd-nos? My sons diagnosis changed to PDD after his 6 month checkup.

Too early to be sure: It is much too early to be sure what pattern of behavior your child will ultimately develop. Discuss the situation with your pediatrician and get an opinion from an autism specialist. ...Read more

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20 month old has verba, social, and communication delays. Could this be signs of autism and how to differentiate ASD from aa development delay ?

Social interaction : A few things. One it's important to have a hearing test to rule out hearing impairment. A hallmark of ASD is abnormal social functioning such as preferring not to be held or cuddled. Limited eye contact or interest in conversation. ASD often also presents with delays. Delays alone, however, are less likely to have social dysfunction and are usually more specific. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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13 month old daughter has started banging head on floor when frustrated. Should i be worried about autism? She plays peek a boo & gives kisses/interac

13 month old daughter has started banging head on floor when frustrated. Should i be worried about autism? She plays peek a boo & gives kisses/interac

I wouldn't: Head banging is one of the many amplifications of crying used to get your attention. It works well with some and self perpetuates.If you monitor the fit with peripheral vision and wait until it stops before looking directly at or interacting with the kid, it will often stop.This is common in preverbal toddlers. Reward the kid with more attention after they stop a fit than during to end this. ...Read more

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My 10 month baby clenched her fists and shaked with eyes wide open 1st time today when refusing food, like a strong body spasm. Epilepsy or autism or?

My 10 month baby clenched her fists and shaked with eyes wide open 1st time today when refusing food, like a strong body spasm. Epilepsy or autism or?

Likely NEITHER: If there was no change in the baby's mental status and they simply were showing the strong emotion of anticipation to eat then, what they demonstrated can be quite understandable. However, if there are doubts or this has happened before then, you should see a pediatric neurologist. More questions? Write me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR in order to make appointment with me. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
641 doctors shared insights

Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more