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How big of a red flag for autism is asymmetrical crawling. My baby is 8 months old and also will twirl her arm and wave left hand up and down on occas?

How big of a red flag for autism is asymmetrical crawling. My baby is 8 months old and also will twirl her arm and wave left hand up and down on occas?

It's more of a red : flag that she needs a neurological exam by her pediatrician. Depending on prenatal, perinatal & post-natal history, there may have been changes in development of the white matter of her brain on the side opposite the extremities she disregards or doesn't use as well. If deep tendon reflexes & muscle tone/strength are asymmetrical, an MRI & pediatric neurology consult are warranted. ...Read more

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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Autism and hand flapping?

Autism and hand flapping?

Self-stim: "hand-flapping" is a prominent form of self-stimulation. It is not clear why it is common in autism, but may have to do with anxiety, an inability to "connect" meaningfully outside of oneself (which seems to be what autistics have in common with blind or deaf persons, who also hand-flap and "stim" a lot), and/or difficulty with effective communication (like retarded persons, who often also "stim"). ...Read more

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Can "hand flapping" be from something besides autism?

Can "hand flapping" be from something besides autism?

Yes: I am not clear what you are seeing. The impt.Thing is to do is speak with your doctor and clear this up. ...Read more

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Can hand flapping be a symptom of anything besides autism?

Just flapping: Not all children with "stereotypies, "repetitive motor movements that seem to have no function, have autism. A two-year old who hand-flaps when excited, but has normal social communication and no other signs of autism. May be developing typically. Less commonly, stereotypies persist into school-age. Tics and compulsions can look like stereotypies. Video it for your pediatrician to check it out. ...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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Do people with asperger's or autism do hand flapping?

Do people with  asperger's or autism do hand flapping?

Sometimes: This movement can be common, can be present all the time or can only be there a little bit, or sometimes not at all. Each individual with autism is an individual. If it is present, i consider it significant. If it is absent it doesn't mean autism is not present. ...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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How can I tell if my child has autism?

In infancy?: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read more

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How to determine if a child has mild autism ?

How to determine if a child has mild autism ?

Evaluation: Evaluation by a developmental pediatrician, developmental psychologist or child psychiatriatrist or psychologist will help to determine diagnosis. ...Read more

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How would a child have medical tests for autism?

How would a child have medical tests for autism?

Medical causes?: Medical evaluation is done in a child with autism to try to find the cause: thorough physical exam, measure head, ears, eyes and more, look for major or minor unusual features, skin pigmentation. Complete neurological exam. Assess all areas of development. Genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x on all; other labs if needed. Mri of brain, eeg if warranted by history or neurological findings. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of a child with autism?

Superficially..: These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. There are varying degress of severity.Early dignosis and appropriate therapy improves greatly the prognosis.The cause currently is unknown. ...Read more

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Is the diagnose of autism always correct in a child?

Is the diagnose of autism always correct in a child?

I cautiously say no-: However, if your child has been diagnosed with any sort of developmental delay, autism or other, the way to help them is the same; intensive, individualized early intervention programming using applied behavior analysis. While receiving the diagnosis that a child has autism is traumatic, there is little time for families to waste. Start the intervention asap! best of luck to you. ...Read more

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How to make an autism child speak?

How to make an autism child speak?

Depends on child: Some children may never acquire meaningful verbal language but the majority will but it is usually delayed. Those who who are not able to express themselves verbally may be able to communicate pictures. The ability to understand others may be present even though the ability to express themselves is delayed. Early intervention with speech and other modalities like music therapy is key. ...Read more

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How can an iep help a child with an autism?

How can an iep help a child with an autism?

Individual education: A coordinated plan to use educational resources benefits any kid with autism. Individual education plans describe the annual review & proposed plans for the coming year in kids with identified learning issues.In most areas, parents meat with the teachers & therapists to review current testing & progress.This keeps people on a common path & allows the parent to sign & approve of plans (or not). ...Read more

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Can autism develop as a result of child abuse at a very early age?

Can autism develop as a result of child abuse at a very early age?

No: Autism is not caused by child abuse, whatever the age--although abuse can certainly lead to lots of other problems, including mental retardation if it includes head trauma. Some abused children do become socially withdrawn, but this is quite different from the social disconnection associated with autism. ...Read more

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At what age will you see a child with autism display social withdrawal?

At what age will you see a child with autism display social withdrawal?

12-18 months: Autism is by definition a derangement in social interaction, among other things. Most parents may not see autism symptoms for what they are until later, and those not familiar with the child may not recognize them either. But looking back, often you can see where the signs began before 1 year of age: not making good eye contact, or looking to mom for social cues. These become more obvious by 2 y. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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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