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What are some signs of autism in a 5 year old girl?

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Dr. Carlos Barrios
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: Social give and take

Social give and take problems: not having good eye contact to not being able to join up with peers ideas for play.
Prefer to be alone/not seeking to start social interaction. This is central and it is not situational e.g like a social anxiety. Two other key areas: social communication probs and restricted patterns of behavior. Full criteria at: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/diagnosis

In brief: Social give and take

Social give and take problems: not having good eye contact to not being able to join up with peers ideas for play.
Prefer to be alone/not seeking to start social interaction. This is central and it is not situational e.g like a social anxiety. Two other key areas: social communication probs and restricted patterns of behavior. Full criteria at: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/diagnosis
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In brief: Autism at 5

Doesn’t show a wide range of emotions shows behavioral extremes (unusually aggressive, fearful, sad, shy) is unusually withdrawn and not active in social situations is easily distracted and has trouble focusing on an activity for more than five minutes doesn’t respond to people or responds only superficially can’t tell the difference between real and make believe doesn’t participate in a wide vari.

In brief: Autism at 5

Doesn’t show a wide range of emotions shows behavioral extremes (unusually aggressive, fearful, sad, shy) is unusually withdrawn and not active in social situations is easily distracted and has trouble focusing on an activity for more than five minutes doesn’t respond to people or responds only superficially can’t tell the difference between real and make believe doesn’t participate in a wide vari.
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