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Does my daughter have autism or some other developmental delay? It's not the same, right?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Autism is different.

Autism is characterized by difficulties interacting with others, abnormal communication skills, and restricted repetitive and stereotyped behaviors.
Depending on how severe the autism is, someone could also have mental retardation as well. There are many different types of developmental delays.

In brief: Autism is different.

Autism is characterized by difficulties interacting with others, abnormal communication skills, and restricted repetitive and stereotyped behaviors.
Depending on how severe the autism is, someone could also have mental retardation as well. There are many different types of developmental delays.
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Get evaluated

Autism often has developmental delay, either social, motor or language.
I obviously do not know your daughter, so they need an evaluation to see what the various issues may be.

In brief: Get evaluated

Autism often has developmental delay, either social, motor or language.
I obviously do not know your daughter, so they need an evaluation to see what the various issues may be.
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Autism is specific

Autism(a) is a label used for a specific set of features & is like diagnosing appendicitis.
It is specific. Autism is sometimes uses in a broader sense as ASD -autistic spectrum disorder, which includes autism, aspergers & pervasive developmental delay- not otherwise specified. This lumping together of different problems is sort of like having appendicitis spectrum disorder -belly pain.

In brief: Autism is specific

Autism(a) is a label used for a specific set of features & is like diagnosing appendicitis.
It is specific. Autism is sometimes uses in a broader sense as ASD -autistic spectrum disorder, which includes autism, aspergers & pervasive developmental delay- not otherwise specified. This lumping together of different problems is sort of like having appendicitis spectrum disorder -belly pain.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: They co-occur

40-68% of children with autism have intellectual disability, an overall iq <70.
Dev, delay in a child too young for iq testing is failing to meet 1 or more dev. Milestones by the age 90% of infants-preschoolers do. Autism is qualitative impairments in social communication, reciprocal social interaction & repetive non-functional movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. See firstsigns.Org.

In brief: They co-occur

40-68% of children with autism have intellectual disability, an overall iq <70.
Dev, delay in a child too young for iq testing is failing to meet 1 or more dev. Milestones by the age 90% of infants-preschoolers do. Autism is qualitative impairments in social communication, reciprocal social interaction & repetive non-functional movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. See firstsigns.Org.
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