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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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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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A 14 month old raises his hands around bright lights, gruntsand exhales. He is delayed, has curved pinky finger, eats non-food items and has a short neck. Autism?

A 14 month old raises his hands around bright lights, gruntsand exhales. He is delayed, has curved pinky finger, eats non-food items and has a short neck. Autism?

Neurodevelopmental : Disorders of genetic origin can present with dysmorphism (unusual physical features), developmental delays & autistic behaviors. The asq & the m-chat screening tests are at firstsigns.Org. A pediatric visit with the results may lead to referral to a developmental/ behavioral pediatrician. Also, your state's early intervention program can assess development & provide therapy without a diagnosis. ...Read more

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15 mth old crosses her middle and index fingers on 1 hand.she's advanced mentally. She can bear weight on legs but isn't walking.Could it be autism?

15 mth old crosses her middle and index fingers on 1 hand.she's advanced mentally. She can bear weight on legs but isn't walking.Could it be autism?

Gross motor delays &: involuntary posturing may be signs of Cerebral Palsy or genetic neuromuscular diseases like congenital myopathies & mitochondrial diseases, not Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Upper limits of normal for walking = 16 mos. if her muscle tone/strength & deep tendon reflexes are abnormal & she has fine &/or gross motor delays on screening (firstsigns.org), she needs to see a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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Is the cure about autism found?

No: Autism is a label used for a pattern of behavioral, social and learning issues that arise from a poorly defined origin. Supportive care helps the kid over his/her lifetime and most see some improvement. However, no one treatment or group of treatments will cure this process.Ongoing research should help us understand what helps the best. ...Read more

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How to get SSI for autism help?

See your PCP first.: Have your pcp refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist to evaluate the autism then go to the social security office and apply for disability. You can get an application on line. You can contact the social security office and get help from their staff on how to fill the appropriate forms. Once the forms are submitted, they will let you you know if he is qualified ...Read more

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Can you tell me what autism is?

Different processing: Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that effects in individuals ability to connect and relate to the outside world. .If has a wide range of severity and is frequently associalted with nutritional and digestive variations. There are many coping strategies that individuals develop that can lead to a variety of variably dysfunctional symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have autism?

Social Skills?: If you have a problem with everyday reciprocal social interactions to the point that it harmfully impacts your functioning, it's worth having a neuropsychological evalution. Is it hard for you to understand THAT other people may not think what you think, feel the way you feel about things or want to do what you want to do, ? That makes an ASD more likely than just social anxiety or other issues. ...Read more

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What do autistic and autism mean?

"Into oneself" from : the Greek word transliterated incorrectly as " autismos". It's the same root word as for "automatic,", self-driven, etc. Dr. Kanner coined the diagnosis in the 40's for children who responded more to internal cues than to environmental stimuli; e.g., who laughed or cried without an external stimulus or hummed, rocked, & paid no attention to others, now Autistic Spectrum Disorder Level 3. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more