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Is it true that hitting your self / hitting your head on the wall a sign of autism?

Is it true that hitting your self / hitting your head on the wall a sign of autism?

See below: This is a behavioral disorder. It is possible that an autistic child shows some of this symptoms, but they are not exclusive to autism. Please talk to child psychiatrist or psychologist to investigate further. ...Read more

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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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?

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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Is head banging a sign of a serious brain condition?

Is head banging a sign of a serious brain condition?

Generally No: If your baby is otherwise healthy and developing normally, headbanging is either a " pacifier" mechanism or an expression of anger, a temper tantrum. In either case, it is best ignored. With an otherwise normal child, it is almost never a sign of of a brain condition. Also children who bang their heads do not cause any serious injury other than an occasional bruise. ...Read more

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Can children with autism have a bigger shaped head?

No: Unless there is an underlying case of macrocephaly from hydrocephalus the "standard" autistic child has a smiler size head to anyone else. ...Read more

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My daughter is 1 and has started to throw herself back when angry I'm worried she might hurt her head I have a son with autism could she have autism?

Not uncommon/maybe: "Counter dependency" is that stage when your kid has started getting around on their own and want you nearby, but doesn't want you interfering in what they are doing. This behavior is not unusual, is seldom done without witnesses, and mostly when they are mad at you.It increases if it grabs your attention, and fades if ignored. This is not specific or predictive of autism. Any kid could be. ...Read more

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Do children with autism have bigger heads?

Do children with autism have bigger heads?

Sometimes: Children who go on to develop autism can experience an acceleration in the growth of head circumference around 6 to 12 months of age. Not that their head was large to start with, but that it grows faster than expected. However, the overlap between this and normal head growth is so large that it is not useful information as far as diagnosing a particular person. ...Read more

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Could a 4 mth old who doesn't hold his head up and his large head be concerns for autism?

Could a 4 mth old who doesn't hold his head up and his large head be concerns for autism?

A 4 months: Old should be holding his head without head lagging unless ex-premie, then need to correct age. You would be more concerned about hydrocephalus and other developmental delays rather than autism. Need to see your pediatrician for complete exam and referral to specialist if indicated. ...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


Head Banging (Definition)

Head banging is surprisingly common among toddlers. Possible causes include being in pain, seeking attention, frustration, ...Read more