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Could you please tell me symptoms of autism in a two year old boy?

Could you please tell me symptoms of autism in a two year old boy?

It varies: Autism is an incredibly complex problem that manifests itself in many ways. If you are looking for a simple answer like you would get for a simpler disease (eg: chicken pox causes fever and rash), then you will be frustrated. There are books on this subject....Big ones. If you are concerned that your child is autistic, you need to see your pediatrician or a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Is liquid melatonin safe for a two year old autistic child who has problems going to sleep? I want to use an herbal treatment, this was recommended by a pediatrician, but have read articles stating not to do so....

Is liquid melatonin safe for a two year old autistic child who has problems going to sleep? I want to use an herbal treatment, this was recommended by a pediatrician, but have read articles stating not to do so....

Melatonin: Liquid melatonin is safe for kids and a great idea for kids with sleep onset problems (kids who cannot fall asleep). Dose can be anywhere from 3-10mg. Some kids need it an hour before bed, some kids need it up to three hours before bed. There are also teas with melatonin if your child doesn't like the liquid. ...Read more

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My two year old hand flaps, but does not have any other signs of autism. What could be happening?

Hand-flapping when : Excited, head-banging ; insistence on night-time rituals are all seen in neurotypical 2-year-olds. Use the developmental screens on firstsigns.Org , then talk to your pediatrician if there are developmental delays or signs of autism. Customize healthychildren.Org or the app for your child's age for useful tips on development ; behavior. ...Read more

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My son is 2 years old & has sleep problems. He has severe anxiety & may be autistic. He won't nap & often will be up 12+ hours. Can we try Melatonin?

My son is 2 years old & has sleep problems. He has severe anxiety & may be autistic. He won't nap & often will be up 12+ hours. Can we try Melatonin?

Best to see good Dr.: This is complex so I advise seeing an integrative MD- see http://tinyurl.com/znoel89 It's safe to try melatonin but I recommend a tiny dose of 0.25-0.5 mg. Magnesium (ideally glycinate or taurate) 200 mg/day may help calm him; also a good B-complex with the L-5-MTHF form of folate (folic acid). Tulsi tea and L-Thenanine may help. You might also try to find a good homeopath- see http://tinyurl.com/lw2suls ...Read more

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What's the best way to know if my 2 year old has autism?

Observation : Because there are no blood tests to test for autism, we rely on behavioral observations. For parents here are a few questions: does your child make eye contact? Will they imitate you? Do they respond to their names? Do they play with a wide variety of toys? Does your child point to show you things? If you answer no to 2 or 3 of these, see your pediatrician and share your concerns. Best! ...Read more

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How can I help my 2-1/2-year-old with suspected autism until he gets approved for services? Is there any intervention i can do on my own while waiting

Autism Intervention: You can learn how to improve the non verbal communication with your child. Please look in the information posted online on this subject, and practice observing the child's responses to your interactions. For example, how is communicating anger, need for affection, hunger, tiredness, etc. And how is expressing relief of tension, pain, or other feelings. Write notes to bring to the evaluation ! ...Read more

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How can I help my 2-1/2-year-old with suspected autism until he gets services? Is there any intervention i can do on my own while we wait for approval

Be proactive : There are many interventions that can be helpful. Some are provided by therapists and some can be undertaken by the parents. While waiting to have services such as speech, ot, pt and behavioral to be put in place look for a provider in your area who understands that additonal interventions may be helpful and can guide you. Check national autism websites for local providers. Be persistent. ...Read more

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Please advise me what to do if my 2 year old is autistic?

See Pediatrician: To have your child evaluated for possible autism. Better to know than just wonder. If the diagnosis is autism, then you might to see another specialist. There is an autistic society in many cities where you can get local information and help for practical matters. ...Read more

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I have been depressed since I learned that my 2 year old has been diagnosed with autism. Does it get better?

I have been depressed since I learned that my 2 year old has been diagnosed with autism. Does it get better?

If You Mean the....: Autism, with proper medically proven therapy, many children show tremendous improvement to the point where total mainstreaming occurs. Unfortunately not always. But the earlier you begin, the better the odds. ...Read more

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