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What to do if i feel really awkward when i look someone in the eye. Is it because I have autism?

What to do if i feel really awkward when i look someone in the eye. Is it because I have autism?

It is often part: People with autism are frequently 'more sensitive' to many things. Direct eye contact is often perceived as 'too intense'. And thins make social interaction more difficult because direct eye contact is a part of communication and seen as a sign of respectfulness. This might be worth working on in a counseling relationship. Develop strategies that can help you to become more comfortable with it. ...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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Is "avoiding eye contact" a sure sign of autism? Or could it be a normal thing for 1.5 years child?

Is "avoiding eye contact" a sure sign of autism? Or could it be a normal thing for 1.5 years child?

Could be normal: As they say, there are no "pathognomic signs" -- nothing which definitively establishes that a person has this or that disorder. So it could be normal; it could be not normal but not autism; or it could conceivably be autism. However, it would be unwise to be concerned that avoiding eye contact alone, as an isolated feature, points to autism, when it may be, as you suggest, nothing. ...Read more

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Do people with aspergers have eye contact problems? Or are the people with autism the ones with eye-contact problems?

Do people with aspergers have eye contact problems? Or are the people with autism the ones with eye-contact problems?

Both can: Since asperger's syndrome was a disorder on the autistic spectrum (no longer in the diagnostic manual), both disorders can have similar presentations. The difference lies in severity and impairment. ...Read more

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Is having blood in the eye in a three year old a sign of autism?

Is having blood in the eye in a three year old a sign of autism?

No: likelihood is that your child has experienced some trauma to the eye. See an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Baby boy is a 1month+5days old and he won't look anyone in their eyes. Is it true that is a sign of Autism or Developmental delays ?

Baby boy is a 1month+5days old and he won't look anyone in their eyes. Is it true that is a sign of Autism or Developmental delays ?

Concerning: Visual development in infants is stimulated by contrast, so young infants will often look at the edge of your face or head rather than the eyes, but some brief eye contact, particularly when nursing, is expected. Pediatric ophthalmologists can evaluate your baby for vision loss, otherwise careful monitoring by your pediatrician can help early diagnosis of autism. ...Read more

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My 10 month baby clenched her fists and shaked with eyes wide open 1st time today when refusing food, like a strong body spasm. Epilepsy or autism or?

My 10 month baby clenched her fists and shaked with eyes wide open 1st time today when refusing food, like a strong body spasm. Epilepsy or autism or?

Likely NEITHER: If there was no change in the baby's mental status and they simply were showing the strong emotion of anticipation to eat then, what they demonstrated can be quite understandable. However, if there are doubts or this has happened before then, you should see a pediatric neurologist. More questions? Write me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR in order to make appointment with me. ...Read more

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I want to know if my daughter has autism shes almost 2 and she didn't talk well can't walk well didn't make eye contact when talked to?

Seek medical help: You should take your daughter in for an exam with her physician and discuss your concerns. There are some developmental screening exams that are age specific that can be done that are very effective when screening for autism. And at that time your can determine if further evaluation or work up is needed. ...Read more

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Is delayed speech a sign of autism, he is 16 months and has just started to make eye contact with me and comes to me to be consoled he also asperates on thin fluids and has reflux. Mum is autistic?

Provisionally yes: One in 10 children have signs of autism at a young age but by 3 the ratio is 1 in 80 for boys. The delayed eye contact is more of a concern. The aspiration of thin fluids indicates a problem with autonomic nervous system control. How is the reflux being treated.?He needs a vitamin d level assessed and complete evaluation. ...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