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Does my 20th month girl twirling her fingers all the time indicate autism? My sil nurse thinks so and casually mentioned it !

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Dr. Ricardo Bernal
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Need more info

Odd movements are one more "criteria".
But socialization deficits are much more important in diagnosis: poor eye-contact, no seeking attention (stretch arms/cuddle), disregard of others, no interactive play, poor emotional reciprocity, poor imaginative play, speech atypicalities, "self-centeredness", poor capacity for empathy. Consult a behavioral pediatrician or child psychiatrist.

In brief: Need more info

Odd movements are one more "criteria".
But socialization deficits are much more important in diagnosis: poor eye-contact, no seeking attention (stretch arms/cuddle), disregard of others, no interactive play, poor emotional reciprocity, poor imaginative play, speech atypicalities, "self-centeredness", poor capacity for empathy. Consult a behavioral pediatrician or child psychiatrist.
Dr. Ricardo Bernal
Dr. Ricardo Bernal
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Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice
5 doctors agree

In brief: More data needed

Repetitive motions can be a sign of of autism but is not considered one of the first signs for presentation.
Such as: no big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter, no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months or thereafter, no babbling by 12 months, no back-and-forth gestures ie pointing, showing, reaching, or waving.

In brief: More data needed

Repetitive motions can be a sign of of autism but is not considered one of the first signs for presentation.
Such as: no big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter, no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months or thereafter, no babbling by 12 months, no back-and-forth gestures ie pointing, showing, reaching, or waving.
Dr. Foster Carr
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Wait a Minute!

Dr bernal's answer is a good one.
Keep in mind that the autism spectrum encompasses a variety of symtoms that vary from patient to patient.Having 1 behavior does not a diagnosis make.Thus for your daughter more details would be needed. Your pediatrician would tend to have more experience with this than the nurse.

In brief: Wait a Minute!

Dr bernal's answer is a good one.
Keep in mind that the autism spectrum encompasses a variety of symtoms that vary from patient to patient.Having 1 behavior does not a diagnosis make.Thus for your daughter more details would be needed. Your pediatrician would tend to have more experience with this than the nurse.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Frank Gaskill
Here is a good overview of Aspergers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg1Ngp1nGds
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: That could be a

Stereotypical movement, which can occur in isolation or as part of autism symptoms.
If her pediatrician doesn't do developmental surveillance with standardized screening tests at all well-child checks & autism-specific screening at 18 & 24 mos., you can find the ages & stages questionnaires & the m-chat on wwwfirstsigns.Org to screen for delays/deviations in social communication & reciprocity.

In brief: That could be a

Stereotypical movement, which can occur in isolation or as part of autism symptoms.
If her pediatrician doesn't do developmental surveillance with standardized screening tests at all well-child checks & autism-specific screening at 18 & 24 mos., you can find the ages & stages questionnaires & the m-chat on wwwfirstsigns.Org to screen for delays/deviations in social communication & reciprocity.
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