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

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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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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What causes children to walk on their tip-toes . Is that a sign of autism?

What causes children to walk on their tip-toes . Is that a sign of autism?

Toe-walking that: persists > 3 months after a tot's first 10 independent steps is atypical. Drops in blood flow & oxygen, especially in late 2nd trimester can cause " tight heel cords", very mild cerebral palsy, more common in preemies. MRI & microscopic post-mortem studies of brains of people with ASD show abnormalities in areas that control motor planning & in axons that transmit signals. Other causes exist. ...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 can cause autism in children?

What can cause autism in children?

Antenatal factors : Some syndromes cause autistic spectrum disorder & intellectual disability. Chromosomal microarrays find genetic errors in ~15% of kids with ASD. Maternal low folate (folic acid) levels at conception, rubella, "flu", obesity, advanced age & alcohol/drug use from 3 wks.post-conception-term are some epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence, of fetal genes & increase risk of ASD. ...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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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