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What's the difference between autism and language delay ?

What's the difference between autism and language delay ?

Autism includes : Language delay. Not everybody with language delay has autism. www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/speech.htm speech and language delay and disorder. www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism what is autism? What is autism spectrum disorder? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. ...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


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What is the difference betweenn language delay and autism?

What is the difference betweenn language delay and autism?

Nowadays, every : child with Receptive &/or Expressive Language Delay needs assessment of overall development & autism-specific tests to rule out Autistic Spectrum Disorder &/or Global Developmental Delay. Deficits in intent to communicate, joint attention, gaze monitoring & reciprocal social interaction with repetitive, non-functional movements point to ASD. See firstsigns.org for developmental screens & M-CHAT. ...Read more

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My son is 2.5 years, had eval done, only showed language delay. But now seems to have a visual stim as well. Autism only? Or possibly something else?

My son is 2.5 years, had eval done, only showed language delay. But now seems to have a visual stim as well. Autism only? Or possibly something else?

Visual stimming: Visual stimming can occur in children with language delay and/or autism. Stimming often occur when a child is overwhelmed with stimuli. More about stimming http://nspt4kids.com/healthtopics-and-conditions-database/self-stimulatory-behaviors/ More about Autism: The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism Resource page http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/p/resources.html ...Read more

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What else can it be apart from autism and hearing if a 2 year old's response to his name is poor and there is language delay.

Ped dev eval: Your child needs an evaluation by a developmental behavioral pediatrician or pediatric neurologist or speech language therapist. If hearing is definitely normal (s/he responds well to almost everything OTHER than his name), autism is a reasonable concern if other elements are present (poor eye contact, limited imaginative play, poor social engagement). Intellectual disability is an area of conce ...Read more

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Does a speech and language delay effect kids in terms of pretend play?

Does a speech and language delay effect kids in terms of pretend play?

It shouldn't impact: representational play, using one environmental object to represent another.A 12-mo.-old feeds, rocks or "reads to" a doll or stuffed animal. A 16-mo.-old sets a table with play dishes or "blows out" birthday candles on a plastic cake. Use developmental screens & M-CHAT on firstsigns.org. Share results with your pediatrician & Early Intervention Program Speech/Language therapist to get an answer. ...Read more

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Could a speech and language delay effect a child in terms of pretend play?

Could a speech and language delay effect a child in terms of pretend play?

Not necessarily: Children are very reislient and adaptive. Pretend play will simply be more nonverbal in this case. Pretend play can also be an outlet for frustration...Encourage the play, read to your child, and hopefully with a known delay there is therapy to help improve the delay... ...Read more

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Could my 3 year old be autistic?he is not yet pottu trained,has speech and language delay passed his hearing test.he throws very violent tempers.

Could my 3 year old be autistic?he is not yet pottu trained,has speech and language delay passed his hearing test.he throws very violent tempers.

It is hard to say ..: You did not provide enough clinical information. Does this happen in all environments or does he save these behaviors for you specifically. Does he exhibit periods of time where he is engaged in activities with other children: does he understand the language you use with him, does he have a range of emotions: happy, sad, etc. You should discuss these questions with your Pediatric Specialist- KB ...Read more

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Could my 3 year old be autistic?he is not yet pottu trained,has speech and language delay pasaed his hearing test.he throws very violent tempers.he do

Maybe/maybe not: Only 75% of kids are potty trained at 3.Any kid with a communication disorder will be frustrated and tend to throw fits. Proper evaluation by a speech and language specialist and developmental pediatrician could give a better picture of what is going on. This could just be a developmental speech/language issue, separate from the label of autism or its related disorders. ...Read more

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Would teaching my 5 month old sign language delay his speech ability? Also any sign language tips?

Would teaching my 5 month old sign language delay his speech ability? Also any sign language tips?

No Delay: There is no evidence that teaching sign language would delay speech ability in the long run. The american sign language association has numerous helpful tips; please review them and discuss this issue with your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can a 3 y/o have delayed start for speech without it meaning he has hearing issues or autism?

Yes! : Definitely, although screening and careful exam for the two co ditions you mention are warranted. Isolated expressive speech delay, we call it. What is his ear infection history? Did he have a social smile at 6 months? Gesture and point by 15 months? These are examples of screening! What does your pediatrician think? Get answers! ...Read more

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Could having delayed language milestone mean you may have autism?

Delayed speech: Autism,patients,hear well,but do not verbalise,delayed speech or language ,may be and indication of hearing loss,this can be tested by special auditory tests,a speech and hearing center,evaluation suggested ...Read more

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Is speech delay a definite sign of autism?

Is speech delay a definite sign of autism?

No.: In fact, nonverbal communication is deficient in autistic children; many children with speech delay are so good at reading nonverbal cues that they have no motivation to start speaking. ...Read more

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Does a severe speech delay always indicate autism?

Does a severe speech delay always indicate autism?

Definitely not: There are plenty of reasons why a child might have speech delay. Autism is only 1 of them. Has the hearing been checked? Are there other delays in motor or social realms? Likely your child would benefit from a speech and language evaluation at a speech center specialized in children and potentially an ENT evaluation and other workup eg. Developmental evaluation if other delays are present. ...Read more

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Hi. My son was diagnosed with a severe speech delay and a processing disorder and could possibly have a mild case of autism. Does this mean he is on t?

Hi. My son was diagnosed with a severe speech delay and a processing disorder and could possibly have a mild case of autism. Does this mean he is on t?

Autism Spectrum: Disorder(asd): yes, possibly. Impairment in 2 major domains: 1. Deficit in social communication ; interaction; 2. Restricted, repetitive pattern of behavior, interests ; activities. Management: individualized acc. To age ; specific needs. Multidisciplinary approach to improve social functioning, communication ; adaptive skills; promote academic functioning/cognition ; reduce negative behavior. ...Read more

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9 month boy doesn't babble consonants, only vowels and gurling sounds like "aga " should I worry of speech delay or autism? All other dev are fine

9 month boy doesn't babble consonants, only vowels and gurling sounds like "aga " should I worry of speech delay or autism? All other dev are fine

Isolated speech: If this is the only issue, you have time to monitor and enhance this delay in speech/language. Work with your pediatrician. Likely you are seeing: he understands that objects continue to exist, even when they are not seen; responds to simple commands; responds to name; understands the meaning of no; imitates speech sounds; plays pat-a-cake or peek-a-boo; waves bye. Stimulate vocab by "see ; say". ...Read more

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My son is almost 2 and only speaks 20 words, also doesn't say two word sentences yet. Will his doc test for autism or speech delay at his 2 yr appt?

My son is almost 2 and only speaks 20 words, also doesn't say two word sentences yet. Will his doc test for autism or speech delay at his 2 yr appt?

Screening is key: There are screens and questionnaires utilized by doctors during health checks, which help to detect delays in development, including speech. If there is concern, further evaluation will likely be recommended in those cases. ...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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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

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