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At the age of four the child still walks on his tip-toes. .. I know that's not normal could it be a sign of autism..

At the age of four the child still walks on his tip-toes. .. I know that's not normal could it be a sign of autism..

It could be a sign: Of a problem but does not have to be. Some kids are idiopathic toe walkers. Are there any other signs of developmental delay? Try putting heel lifts in the shoes, but would recommend a neurology consult. (pediatric neurologist). ...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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If a child is showing signs of autism at an early age, 17 months, does that mean they are more likely to be on the more severe end of the spectrum?

Not necessarily: I find 17 months towards the later end of showing some suggestive findings. Autism is not all one entity although we tend to lump them together under one name. Most will develop many skill sets that might seem unlikely when first diagnosed. Cautious optimism should be maintained as you work with those that will provide needed therapy and direction down this unpredictable road. ...Read more

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My 7mo cries if a stranger even looks at him. He cries the entire time if I have a babysitter over. Is this normal at this age? Is this a sign autism?

My 7mo cries if a stranger even looks at him. He cries the entire time if I have a babysitter over. Is this normal at this age? Is this a sign autism?

Exactly the opposite: Implicit memory at 5 mos. Leads to recognition of stranger vs. Non-stranger & stranger anxiety at 6 mos. In a neurotypical infant. Have the same sitter come & play with both of you, rolling a ball amongst the 3 of you. Then while the sitter plays with him, say "bye" without showing anxiety; come back in 10 minutes. Smile & resume play. Repeat as needed. Separation anxiety develops at 9 mos. ...Read more

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My 6 month old had said "mama" a few times then stopped. Is this a sign of autism? I read any loss of language at any age is a sign.

My 6 month old had said "mama" a few times then stopped. Is this a sign of autism? I read any loss of language at any age is a sign.

Good question, good: Answers! A 6-mo. Old baby communicates non-verbally;e.g., lifting his/her arms to be picked up. For receptive language, begins to inhibit a behavior;e.g., when you say "no" in a low, firm voice while removing him/her from something you don't want touched. Stranger anxiety, also. The aap's healhy child app can be personalized or go to www. Aap. Org & firstsigns. Org has developmental screens. ...Read more

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What are the signs of autism in an infant?

What are the signs of autism in an infant?

Depends on age: Typically parents and providers start to notice signs closer to a year as they realize there have been delays in milestones and speech is not developing. Prior to that you may notice that a child prefers not to be held or does not seem to make eye contact and smile and is missing milestones. Alternately you may see an inconsolable child who does not sleep much combined with delays. Low tone also. ...Read more

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What are the signs of autism in an infant?

What are the signs of autism in an infant?

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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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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What are some signs of autism?

What are some signs of autism?

Lack of social skill: Autism usually presents with a delay in language skills and lack of social skills. Watch for eye contact which should be present but often is not in autism. They frequently do not respond to their name and often have repetitive and unusual behaviors. ...Read more

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What are some signs of mild autism?

See below.: Mild autism is characterized by persistent abnormalities in social interactions, restricted & highly focused interests, and restricted repetitive and stereotyped behaviors. There's often limited ability to have spontaneous social interactions and a failure to develop friendships. There may be delays in other developmental areas as well. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of autism in baby?

What are the first signs of autism in baby?

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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Can autism first show its signs in adulthood?

No: By definition, some symptoms have to be present by 3 years of age. ...Read more

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What are the earliest signs of autism in a child?

What are the earliest signs of autism in a child?

Some early signs are: decreased eye-to-face gaze at any time & ABSENCE OF social smile by 2 mos., reciprocal gooing & cooing by 4 mos., raising arms to be picked up & babbling @ 6 mos., imitating " pat-a-cake", etc. & consistent turning to name @ 9 mos., responsive wave "bye" @ 10 mos., & pointing with index finger for wants @ 12 mos. Having bizarre jargon (e.g., "digga-digga") is also a clue. See firstsigns. Org. ...Read more

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What are the usual signs of autism in young adults?

Social Impairment: An " insistence on sameness" is one of the hallmarks, an intense focus on a narrow range of subjects, poor eye contact, preference to be alone rather than to be with friends. A relative lack of empathy and interest in others. It is also not unusual for higher functioning autism or aspergers young adults to excel in business, engineering, science, technology, or even entrepreneurship. ...Read more

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Would I be able to have undiagnosed autism at age 18?

Yes /NO: Yes it is possible but it is highly unlikely, people with the so called " high functioning autim" may in some cases go diagnosed for a long time, if in doubt seek help, there are centers for this d/o in every major city in the us.
Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are signs of autism in adults?

Could you tell me what are signs of autism in adults?

There is a variety: Autism is characterized by three main areas of difficulty. Communication, social interaction, and social imagination. Diagnosis in adulthood can be a mixed blessing. Some people decide that they are happy with self diagnosis and decide not to ask for a formal diagnosis. Some adults with autism may need support with day-to-day living. Seeing a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist may help. ...Read more

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At what age are you too old to be diagnosed with autism?

Really no upper age: The diagnosis of autism really depends more on when one began to show symptoms. At any age a knowledgeable clinician might recognize relevant symptoms of autism. If the symptoms were present 'in early development' then no matter how old the individual is the diagnosis of autism might apply. The older the individual is the harder it tends to be to get good information about their early life. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if autism behaviors become worse with age?

Wanted to know if autism behaviors become worse with age?

Varies by person: I have seen kids go both ways. There are some autistic kids who by their early teens are able to be assimilated into regular classrooms becomes they have made so much progress with therapy. I've also seen kids become increasingly aggressive and problematic as they hit puberty. Research shows that early intervention and social and language therapy are key to improved behavior and general health. ...Read more

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How is someone diagnosed with autism? What are the signs?

Qualitative impair-: Ments in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + stereotypical, repetitive movements &/or narow, restricted areas of interest are the atypical observable behaviors required for a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Signs & symptoms are specific for different ages & stages of development or levels of cognitive ability. These are listed on www. Autismspeaks. Org ...Read more

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Should all the symptoms of autism be present at the same age?

Autistic Spectrum: Disorder begins before age, but many toddlers have deficits in social communication ; social reciprocity with less obvious stereotypies (non-functional, repetitive movements) ; they're too young to have narrow, restricted ateas of interest. Careful observation reveals repetitive, sensorimotor acts like banging ; dropping toys or lining up objects. The diagnosis requires deficits in all 3 areas. ...Read more

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What is the main cause for autism? What signs should I watch out for?

What is the main cause for autism? What signs should I watch out for?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD): Involves difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors, starting with early brain development and usually emerging age 2-3. Causes appear to include genetic and environment. The following website is an excellent source of information to guide you: http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/autism/detail_autism. Htm. ...Read more

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Are olaying for hours with trains and reading all day signs of autism?

Depends: It depends on the age. It also depends on the person's overall level of sociability. How much eye contact does the person have? There are other characteristics of various forms of autism spectrum disorder, that a board certified child psychiatrist would be able to evaluate and provide an opinion as to the best diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the chances of reversing autism if diagnosed at 2 years of age?

What are the chances of reversing autism if diagnosed at 2 years of age?

Autism diagnosis: I agree with colleagues that autism is a life-long disorder. That said, keep informed with the latest autism news, join autism support groups, plan to reassess the diagnosis if there is improvement or decline in overall functioning. Get a second opinion. See: https://www. Nami. Org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Autism I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can a child get autism or becomes autistic at age 5? What are the odds?

Can a child get autism or becomes autistic at age 5? What are the odds?

Possible: Autism and ASD is not age specific and can be diagnosed at an early childhood age at 4-5 if it meets its diagnostic criteria. Since its not a cut and dry situation in most cases, it often requires help with referral to those who specialize in this condition, like psychologists and behavioral specialists. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a child, almost 3, suddenly start showing signs of autism?

Is it possible that a child, almost 3, suddenly start showing signs of autism?

Yes, possible: It is possible for a 3-year-old child to start showing signs of autism. Please get the child in to see his/her pediatrician. There are also child psychiatrists and behavioral pediatricians who can help too. ...Read more

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What are the beginning signs of autism? What are things to look for in young children?

Discuss with your dr: Autism may begin to show signs as early as 6 months; it's characterized by:
-impaired social interaction (less cuddly, less eye contact, harder to soothe)
-delayed communication (delayed speech, unusual gestures)
-restricted interests/repetitive behavior (echolalia, ritualistic behavior, unusual movements)
it's worth mentioning your concern to your child's dr, as early intervention may help. ...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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What are the possible signs of autism in infants?

Autism: Early red flags for autism are the following:
no babbling, no pointing, no gestures by 12 months of age, no any word by 16 months of age, no 2 word sentences or any loss of language skills by 24 months of age. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the signs of aspergers autism?

Need expert help here. What are the signs of aspergers autism?

Asperger's: For a good and quick review please see:
www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/aspergers.../dsection=symptoms
asperger's syndrome — comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment for a disorder affecting communication, social skills. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
643 Doctors shared insights

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