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What Are The 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
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
Core symptoms &: observable behaviors in a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder are qualitative impairments in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + stereotyped, repetitive movements &/or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Behaviors are compared to norms for the child's chronological & developmental ages. See firstsigns.org for the M-CHAT, age 16 mos.-4 yrs. & autismspeaks.org for specifics. ...Read more
Not likely : There are usually some signs prior to that age even if they are very subtle. There can be situations in which a child appears to have completely normal development and something triggers a regression. Sometimes the parents are able to identify what they feel is the trigger and other times not. If there is any abnormal development , no matter the suspected cause, it is critical to intervene now. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's possible that a: Child with autistic spectrum disorder who acquires a large vocabulary but doesn't use it for age-appropriate reciprocal social i communication & has overdeveloped pattern recognition & rote memory is perceived as being precocious in developing preschool skills, while his non-compliance for non-preferred tasks, perseveration in preferred tasks & stereotypies are perceived as personality traits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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..
How do you get a child tested for autism if everyone, including doctor's refuse? My child has the signs and symptoms.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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