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What’s the variation in development in infants with autism?

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5 doctors agree

In brief: Considerable

Children on the autism spectrum present with considerable variation in communication skills, motor + other developmental delays.
Changes may be subtle. The m-chat or modified checklist for autism in toddlers is a screening tool for possible autism. Drs use this tool in toddlers from 12-18 mos of age. If an infant has developmental delays- they need referral to a specialist to confirm diagnosis.

In brief: Considerable

Children on the autism spectrum present with considerable variation in communication skills, motor + other developmental delays.
Changes may be subtle. The m-chat or modified checklist for autism in toddlers is a screening tool for possible autism. Drs use this tool in toddlers from 12-18 mos of age. If an infant has developmental delays- they need referral to a specialist to confirm diagnosis.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
I think there was a " typo." The M-CHAT was validated in children 16-30 months.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
I think there was a " typo." The M-CHAT was validated in children 16-30 months.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Great

The view on this keeps changing; please speak with your physician.

In brief: Great

The view on this keeps changing; please speak with your physician.
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
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