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Does having a speech delay mean that the person is autistic ?
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Dr. Timothy Gunn
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: No.
Hi billybear! no, having a speech delay does not mean a person is autistic.
It could be a sign of autism, but it could just be a speech/language disorder. There are also some other disorders of childhood that could result in a speech delay so it is important to have the problem evaluated. The hallmark symptom of autism is impairment in social functioning so speech delay could be present w/o autism.

In brief: No.
Hi billybear! no, having a speech delay does not mean a person is autistic.
It could be a sign of autism, but it could just be a speech/language disorder. There are also some other disorders of childhood that could result in a speech delay so it is important to have the problem evaluated. The hallmark symptom of autism is impairment in social functioning so speech delay could be present w/o autism.
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