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What are the early signs of autism in kids?

What are the early signs of autism in kids?

A few things: Red flags include poor eye contact, speech delays, not seeking comfort if scared or hurt, not liking to be held, odd movements that are symmetric on the left and right side of the body, and little interest in social interactions. ...Read more

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Premature (Definition)

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I would like guide to what are early signs of autism?

I would like guide to what are early signs of autism?

ASDs: Asds begin before age 3. some show sxs within the first few months. Others not until 18 to 24 months of age. Early signs relate to so called social reciprocity and active interaction with the environment including reacting to movement, and objects, turning toward sound,  responding to people's faces, and returning a smile.  see more here: http://www. Cdc. Gov/ncbddd/actearly/index. Html. ...Read more

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What are early signs and symptoms of autism?

What are early signs and symptoms of 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 early is autism detected also what is the very early signs of it? Can you please let me know in depth and what procedures are done to detect it?

How early is autism detected also what is the very early signs of it? Can you please let me know in depth and what procedures are done to detect it?

Studies of siblings: Of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder have led to diagnosis & treatment by 12 mos. A baby who does NOT raise arms to be picked up at 6-9 mos., consistently turn to name at 9 mos., wave "bye" responsively & play Pat-a-Cake & Peek-a-boo at 9-10 mos., or point with index finger for desired objects at 12 mos. Needs a multidisciplinary evaluation by your state's Early Intervention Program. ...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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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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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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20 month old has verba, social, and communication delays. Could this be signs of autism and how to differentiate ASD from aa development delay?

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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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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My 2 month old is on Nutramigen. I read that the glutamate levels in it can trigger autism. Is this true & should I be worried about the last 2 weeks that he's been on it? I feel like he acts different now, less focused and unhappy and I'm terrified.

Relax some: You will never relax totally until the kid is running around at 2 -3 chatting and driving you nuts. But ignore the random posts about autism. Present data show emerging evidence that the changes responsible are encoded into the genes of the egg or sperm before or at conception. Once done, exposures in pregnancy or after birth do not amplify or diminish the chances. ...Read more

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Can 22 month old be diagnosed with autism before 3rd b-day? He's been seeing therapist for over 6 months for 40% social and communication delays

Autism: Yes! A good child psychologist with specific training can do so. The ados should be included. Here is an intro video. ...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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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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My 14 month old sits on his knees raises his hands (usually around bright lights), grunts, shakes, and exhales. He is delayed. Is this autism?

My 14 month old sits on his knees raises his hands (usually around bright lights), grunts, shakes, and exhales. He is delayed. Is this autism?

Only 1 symptom: The diagnosis of autism requires your child to have a certain number of criteria to make the diagnosis. While the movement you are describing sounds like it might meet be one of the criteria, there must be a constellation of criteria to actually diagnose. You need to see a professional who is skilled in this area so appropriate diagnosis can be made and the right treatment initiated. ...Read more

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14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags? No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

Prob Ok, but watch: These do not sound like major red flags, since the language and play seem fine. There are screening tools such as MChat and CARS, that can also screen. Does he interacts well with others, make good eye contact? Eat well? Sleep well? Have normal bowel movements? ...Read more

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My 11 month old is walking, babbling, and smiling/making eye contact. My only concern is that he doesn't do hand gestures. Is this an autism concern?

My 11 month old is walking, babbling, and smiling/making eye contact. My only concern is that he doesn't do hand gestures. Is this an autism concern?

Not at all: In fact, the babbling is far more important, and many children develop pointing and gesturing skills closer to 13-15 mos of age. ...Read more

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At what age are you too old to be diagnosed with autism?

Really no upper age: The diagnosis of autism really depends more on when one began to show symptoms. At any age a knowledgeable clinician might recognize relevant symptoms of autism. If the symptoms were present 'in early development' then no matter how old the individual is the diagnosis of autism might apply. The older the individual is the harder it tends to be to get good information about their early life. ...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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Is it possible a child with high functioning autism would show signs until close to 3 years old?

Is it possible a child with high functioning autism would show signs until close to 3 years old?

It's possible that a: Child with autistic spectrum disorder who acquires a large vocabulary but doesn't use it for age-appropriate reciprocal social I communication & has overdeveloped pattern recognition & rote memory is perceived as being precocious in developing preschool skills, while his non-compliance for non-preferred tasks, perseveration in preferred tasks & stereotypies are perceived as personality traits. ...Read more

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What are some signs of autism in a 5 year old girl?

Autism at 5: Doesn’t show a wide range of emotions
shows behavioral extremes (unusually aggressive, fearful, sad, shy)
is unusually withdrawn and not active in social situations
is easily distracted and has trouble focusing on an activity for more than five minutes
doesn’t respond to people or responds only superficially
can’t tell the difference between real and make believe
doesn’t participate in a wide vari. ...Read more

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My 1 year old may be showing signs of autism. Is there a test for this?

My 1 year old may be showing signs of autism. Is there a test for this?

Comprehensive eval: While there are some standard ways to assess autism they are best used as part of a comprehensive evaluation of the child. You are very wise to have the child evaluated early because the earlier effective intervention begins the easier it will be. ...Read more

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Can a child be getting autism after the age of 3 years, or is that too old?

Symptoms Recognized: Childre with autism are born with problem. But depending upon the severity the symptoms are sometimes not seen immediately. ...Read more

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My 7mo cries if a stranger even looks at him. He cries the entire time if I have a babysitter over. Is this normal at this age? Is this a sign autism?

Exactly the opposite: Implicit memory at 5 mos. Leads to recognition of stranger vs. Non-stranger & stranger anxiety at 6 mos. In a neurotypical infant. Have the same sitter come & play with both of you, rolling a ball amongst the 3 of you. Then while the sitter plays with him, say "bye" without showing anxiety; come back in 10 minutes. Smile & resume play. Repeat as needed. Separation anxiety develops at 9 mos. ...Read more

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Is it really true that an older child still walking on his tip toes is a sign of autism?

Is it really true that an older child still walking on his tip toes is a sign of autism?

Not necessarly: Walking on tip toes could be due to a brain condition like cerebral palsy, local condition like short achilles' tendon, muscle problem etc. Best would be to have your child evaluated by an experienced pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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My 10 week old has developed a higher pitched cry over the last few weeks. Is this a sign of autism?

Likely not: The kid likely decided that was the pitch that got your attention and decided to keep using it. Discuss it with the doc at the next routine visit. I know of no way to assess autism in a 10 wk old. ...Read more

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At the age of four the child still walks on his tip-toes. .. I know that's not normal could it be a sign of autism..

At the age of four the child still walks on his tip-toes. .. I know that's not normal could it be a sign of autism..

It could be a sign: Of a problem but does not have to be. Some kids are idiopathic toe walkers. Are there any other signs of developmental delay? Try putting heel lifts in the shoes, but would recommend a neurology consult. (pediatric neurologist). ...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


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