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I have a 4 year old daughter, and ever since she was young she flaps her arms when's she's excited or happy. Could this be a sign of autism?

I have a 4 year old daughter, and ever since she was young she flaps her arms when's she's excited or happy. Could this be a sign of autism?

Unlikely...: Motor stimulation is common and normal in kids who are excited. Autism is characterized by difficulty with interpersonal relationships, communication, using language and abstract concepts. Does your daughter speak, make eye contact, and engage with you and others? If so, she is not autistic - enjoy the flapping because there is nothing better than a happy and excited kid. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more


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My 2 years old daugther showing some signs of having autism. She spins in curcles; sometimes pluginnig her ears; do unusual gestures with her arms; has delay at speach;prettending that she is counting and putting in order her markers or spoons and forks;d

My 2 years old daugther showing some signs of having autism. She spins in curcles; sometimes pluginnig her ears; do unusual gestures with her arms; has delay at speach;prettending that she is counting and putting in order her markers or spoons and forks;d

The American Academy: Of pediatrics recommends developmental surveillance with standardized screening tests at every well-child check + autism-specific screening at 18 & 24 mos. If not done, fill out the screening tests on firstsigns.Org; take her & the results to her doctor. Call your state's early intervention program for assessment & therapy for language delay or autism to promote optimal development. Good luck! ...Read more

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My son who is a adult with autism, I notice his left upper are seems to be swollen or larger than his right upper arm, and a small bump ?

My son who is a adult with autism, I notice his left upper are seems to be swollen or larger than his right upper arm, and a small bump ?

A Stitch In Time...: If he exhibits a lot of pain in that area or if he is reluctant to use that arm or if the skin feels warmer than the other arm or the swelling increases then have him examined by a doctor. Sounds like he bumped or otherwise injured that area or an infection is brewing so if you have any doubts about it, get him checked sooner than later. ...Read more

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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

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What are the signs of autism in babies and toddlers?

What are the signs of autism in babies and toddlers?

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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Son 10m not waving or pointing at stuff to communicate, friend said I should b concerned sign of autism, true? What exercise could I do w/ him 2 help

Son 10m not waving or pointing at stuff to communicate, friend said I should b concerned sign of autism, true? What exercise could I do w/ him 2 help

Early yet: If this is the only concern, it's still early. Many children, especially boys, don't start pointing till 12-14 months of age. Is he showing interest in his surroundings, connecting with key adults visually? Does he like to be held? If this is just normal development, there is no way to speed the process. If you are really concerned see his pediatrician, but don't jump to conclusions. ...Read more

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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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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