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What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: "Normal" language

Language is one of 3 domains of impairment for a child to qualify for a diagnosis of autism.
Delayed language is an exclusion for asperger's disorder, but normal language (not counting problems with articulation (clarity of speech)) not just in terms of understanding and using words but also in using language to communicate with others age-appropriately would make autism most unlikely.

In brief: "Normal" language

Language is one of 3 domains of impairment for a child to qualify for a diagnosis of autism.
Delayed language is an exclusion for asperger's disorder, but normal language (not counting problems with articulation (clarity of speech)) not just in terms of understanding and using words but also in using language to communicate with others age-appropriately would make autism most unlikely.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: Socialcommunication

Toddlers with autism can acquire words without using them to communicate.
What's important is joint attention(toddler and parent interested in the same thing), reciprocal social communication to share interest (mommy, plane!) and, later, answering "w" questions (what do you do when you're hungry?) non-verbal communication is important (pointing at item of interest, then looking at you).

In brief: Socialcommunication

Toddlers with autism can acquire words without using them to communicate.
What's important is joint attention(toddler and parent interested in the same thing), reciprocal social communication to share interest (mommy, plane!) and, later, answering "w" questions (what do you do when you're hungry?) non-verbal communication is important (pointing at item of interest, then looking at you).
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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