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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 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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How could a 4 year old with autism be different to a 4 year old without?

Delayed speech: A 4 year old with autism will have had delayed speech and language. They will also play alone more and not want to interact with others as much as a non-autistic 4 year old will. There are always grey areas so if you think your 4 year old is not developing normally or talking as the should, see your pediatrician as soon as possible. Early intervention is very helpful at that age for your child. ...Read more

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4 year old has autism, what can we expect?

4 year old has autism, what can we expect?

Prognosis depends : on degree of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, level of cognition & early response to treatment. Treatment is intensive, repetitive, ongoing educational & behavioral therapy geared at your child's developmental age. Yout resource is on http://here.doh.wa.gov/materials/autism-guidebook/13_AutismGd_E10L.pdf. Take care of yourself. It's a marathon, not a sprint. No parent can do this alone. ...Read more

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I have a question about autism with my 4 year old its alot plz email me its easier always lose my comments ryansbabymom.nb@gmail.com?

Healthtap: has a function (at nominal cost ) that will allow you to dialog via your emails. You select the provider that you wish to obtain info from. I would suggest a Developmental specialist, child psychiatrist or child psychologist - or any of the doctors that answer a lot of autism questions on Healthtap. ...Read more

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4 year old toe walkin.does not understand what's being told to her.nonverbal.autism??She's doesn't have any schedule she needs to follow

4 year old toe walkin.does not understand what's being told to her.nonverbal.autism??She's doesn't have any schedule she needs to follow

It happens: Toe walking happens in normal kids and usually fades by 2 but some do at at 4 but these kids usually have tight heal cords.It is not a specific feature of autism.Not understanding what she's told and not speaking are worrisome, but more detailed workup would be needeed to apply a reasonalble label.She could simply be deaf. ...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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Can delayed echolalia be a cause of something other than autism in a 4 yr old?

Can delayed echolalia be a cause of something other than autism in a 4 yr old?

Needs evaluation: Delayed echolalia can be signs of other disorder. In the us if you have concerns about a developmental delay that may affect learning, your school district is required to perform an evaluation at no charge ...Read more

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4 yr old dx with autism proper therapy continues to have behavior issues doesn't know right from wrong and is aggressive improving but not convinced ?

4 yr old dx with autism proper therapy continues to have behavior issues doesn't know right from wrong and is aggressive improving but not convinced ?

Assessed: Have him assessed by a psychologist specializing in autism and other behaviour issues. Behaviour management and medication will be his and your friends. All the best. ...Read more

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