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Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
3 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
Newer studies show that ~ 30% of younger siblings of a child with autism display autistic behaviors early on.
Of these ~ 40% are eventually diagnosed with autism, but many of the others have developmental language disorders. It is worth getting the little one evaluated & into early intervention services to re-direct that developmental path as much as possible.

In brief: Possibly
Newer studies show that ~ 30% of younger siblings of a child with autism display autistic behaviors early on.
Of these ~ 40% are eventually diagnosed with autism, but many of the others have developmental language disorders. It is worth getting the little one evaluated & into early intervention services to re-direct that developmental path as much as possible.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Sibs will mimic behaviors frequently, especially at younger ages.
If sib's symptoms are persistent or get in the way of daily functioning, seek evaluation.

In brief: Yes
Sibs will mimic behaviors frequently, especially at younger ages.
If sib's symptoms are persistent or get in the way of daily functioning, seek evaluation.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
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Dr. Lisa Rankin
If the non- autistic child has never shown any atypical behaviors and is just copying a new or significant behavior of their sibling there is less concern. There may even be some attention seeking involved. If there are several atypical behaviors or developmental delays i would speak with your primary care physician about the need for further evaluation.
Dr. Shamshad Haroon
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes they can
It can be complicated as kids like copy cat behavior so it is hard to demarcate and depends on the age it is best to take the child to your paeds doctor and take discuss as it runs in family and may be just having fears of having other kids having soft signs may rule it out also great resource is yale developmental center and fred volk is leading authority our foundation is doing a lot of work.

In brief: Yes they can
It can be complicated as kids like copy cat behavior so it is hard to demarcate and depends on the age it is best to take the child to your paeds doctor and take discuss as it runs in family and may be just having fears of having other kids having soft signs may rule it out also great resource is yale developmental center and fred volk is leading authority our foundation is doing a lot of work.
Dr. Shamshad Haroon
Dr. Shamshad Haroon
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