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Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

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Dr. Rodney Pollary
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Name that diagnosis

Your question is very complex as is your child.
It is possible to have both diagnoses. However it would be very difficult to diagnose both separately. I am wondering if the head injury is also related. I think you need to see a pediatric development and behavior specialist to help decide what to do. The treatment for the language delays will be about the same for either cause.

In brief: Name that diagnosis

Your question is very complex as is your child.
It is possible to have both diagnoses. However it would be very difficult to diagnose both separately. I am wondering if the head injury is also related. I think you need to see a pediatric development and behavior specialist to help decide what to do. The treatment for the language delays will be about the same for either cause.
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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Aphasia

in its many forms can be difficult to diagnose if there are also symptoms of autism.
A behavioral neurologist who sees kids should be able to sort this out. Unfortunately there are only a handful of us who see kids. Pediatricians who work with kids with autism and aphasia can sometimes be of great help.

In brief: Aphasia

in its many forms can be difficult to diagnose if there are also symptoms of autism.
A behavioral neurologist who sees kids should be able to sort this out. Unfortunately there are only a handful of us who see kids. Pediatricians who work with kids with autism and aphasia can sometimes be of great help.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Labeling issues

You need to separate out your issues.
By definition, autism is an overall condition where the behaviors/deficits do not arise from a specific medical condition. The autistic child can also be aphasic and suffer brain damage, but neither the brain damage nor the aphasia cause the autism.Think of autism as a miswiring of the brain while the others are selective defects in sensitive areas.

In brief: Labeling issues

You need to separate out your issues.
By definition, autism is an overall condition where the behaviors/deficits do not arise from a specific medical condition. The autistic child can also be aphasic and suffer brain damage, but neither the brain damage nor the aphasia cause the autism.Think of autism as a miswiring of the brain while the others are selective defects in sensitive areas.
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