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My son is almost 2 and only speaks 20 words, also doesn't say two word sentences yet. Will his doc test for autism or speech delay at his 2 yr appt?

My son is almost 2 and only speaks 20 words, also doesn't say two word sentences yet. Will his doc test for autism or speech delay at his 2 yr appt?

Screening is key: There are screens and questionnaires utilized by doctors during health checks, which help to detect delays in development, including speech. If there is concern, further evaluation will likely be recommended in those cases. ...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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Speech delay or autism? 3 y/o- says few words but no sentences. knows letters n sounds, helps with clothes/shoes, etc. no mom, dad, hungry, eat, etc.

Speech delay=sure: Whether this is part of autism or a speech/language issue can only be determined by a full evaluation.If you are in the US, there is a program called Child Find operated in all public school districts.Their job is to take any kid 3 and over and identify their special needs and try to make the kid school ready by 6.Contact special services in the area you live and get started. ...Read more

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My 5 yo son diagnosed with autism still mumbles sylablles that we can't understand.Speech theraphy once a week here philpines expensive what can I do?

My 5 yo son diagnosed with autism still mumbles sylablles that we can't understand.Speech theraphy once a week here philpines expensive what can I do?

Special Education : Are special education services for children with autism available?These include speech/language & occupational therapy as well as behavioral therapy. Ask his slt if he has joint attention, the ability to share interest in an object or event with another person, as this precedes social communication. Whether he uses asl, pecs, language or an ipad app, insist that he tell you what he wants. ...Read more

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My daughter has autism she is 7 she is very repetitive with her speech and behaviour is there any medications that could help this thanks ?

My daughter has autism she is 7 she is very repetitive with her speech and behaviour is there any medications that could help this thanks ?

No medication: Although doctors have tried medications thinking these could be related to OCD, there hasn't been much success. The language is due to problems developing original speech, so she relies on phrases that somehow connected with her. The behaviors can be related to sensory needs, a means of self calming or a means of understanding their body and world. Speech and OT can help expand her skills. ...Read more

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Why doesn't my 3-year-old son with autism answer to his name? He knows his name, hears well, and has quite a bit of speech, so he should be able to.

Why doesn't my 3-year-old son with autism answer to his name? He knows his name, hears well, and has quite a bit of speech, so he should be able to.

Common autism trait: One of the hallmarks of autism is the impaired ability to recognize or interact to social cues in the usual way. No one really knows why this happens, but is quite common in autistic children. If possible, a hearing screen can be performed to make sure hearling loss is not a contributing factor. ...Read more

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How effective is online speech therapy for treating autism?

It's not helpful: The point of speech/language therapy for kids with ASD is not only to increase expressive language, it's to increase social communication, conversational turn-taking in real life situations with real human beings whose emotional & verbal response are neither scripted nor always expected. The only thing worse would be to allow hours of screen time or Baby Einstein videos. Speech = articulation. ...Read more

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Can a 3 y/o have delayed start for speech without it meaning he has hearing issues or autism?

Yes! : Definitely, although screening and careful exam for the two co ditions you mention are warranted. Isolated expressive speech delay, we call it. What is his ear infection history? Did he have a social smile at 6 months? Gesture and point by 15 months? These are examples of screening! What does your pediatrician think? Get answers! ...Read more

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Is speech delay a definite sign of autism?

Is speech delay a definite sign of autism?

No.: In fact, nonverbal communication is deficient in autistic children; many children with speech delay are so good at reading nonverbal cues that they have no motivation to start speaking. ...Read more

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Does a severe speech delay always indicate autism?

Definitely not: There are plenty of reasons why a child might have speech delay. Autism is only 1 of them. Has the hearing been checked? Are there other delays in motor or social realms? Likely your child would benefit from a speech and language evaluation at a speech center specialized in children and potentially an ENT evaluation and other workup eg. Developmental evaluation if other delays are present. ...Read more

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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