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What are the symptoms of autism?
26 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ted Saha
Palliative Care
6 doctors agree
In brief: ASD
Due to wide range of symptoms, in 2013 , it is called autism spectrum disorder.
Early diagnosis is important. It can help make gains in language and social skills. ASD affects mainly 3 different areas. Social interaction communication(verbal and nonverbal) behaviors and interests. Please see a good child developmental pediatric specialist.

In brief: ASD
Due to wide range of symptoms, in 2013 , it is called autism spectrum disorder.
Early diagnosis is important. It can help make gains in language and social skills. ASD affects mainly 3 different areas. Social interaction communication(verbal and nonverbal) behaviors and interests. Please see a good child developmental pediatric specialist.
Dr. Ted Saha
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Dr. Jessica Langenhan
In addition to covering a wide range of symptoms, the symptoms can also vary widely in severity--hence the term "high-functioning autism," which is sometimes used to describe cases where the symptoms are on the less-severe end of the spectrum.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
and sometimes and individual only has some of the symptoms of autism, not enough for a actual formal diagnosis. but it still can be very important to address the symptoms to help the individual function at the best level.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Communication probs
Children with autism typically have difficulty communicating with others in a socially appropriate and effective manner. Some may be severely speech delayed.
Others may be able to talk but may lack the appropriate social skills to maintain a normal conversation and interact with others. Autistic children may also have difficulty sustaining eye contact & playing with others/toys in a typical manner.

In brief: Communication probs
Children with autism typically have difficulty communicating with others in a socially appropriate and effective manner. Some may be severely speech delayed.
Others may be able to talk but may lack the appropriate social skills to maintain a normal conversation and interact with others. Autistic children may also have difficulty sustaining eye contact & playing with others/toys in a typical manner.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Autism Spectrum DO
It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome.
It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays.

In brief: Autism Spectrum DO
It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome.
It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Autism
Autism is not a disease, it is a disorder, and as such the symptoms could vary in severity and presentation.
Diagnostic criteria includes impairement in social skills, language/communication and a rigid behavior.If your child exhibits a behavior that appears odd or different to you seek help early.Pediatricians routinely should screen at well visits.A standarized screener such as the mchat is a valid.

In brief: Autism
Autism is not a disease, it is a disorder, and as such the symptoms could vary in severity and presentation.
Diagnostic criteria includes impairement in social skills, language/communication and a rigid behavior.If your child exhibits a behavior that appears odd or different to you seek help early.Pediatricians routinely should screen at well visits.A standarized screener such as the mchat is a valid.
Dr. Andres R Villar
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Dr. Paul Trani
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Social/Speech delays
The three key features of autism are 1) delay in language development, 2) poor social interactions, and 3) obsessional or repetitive behaviors.
New screening tests are used by medical providers to screen for these features starting at 18months old, and there are some studies on tests to detect autism even earlier. As always, if you have a concern, it's best to see your provider.

In brief: Social/Speech delays
The three key features of autism are 1) delay in language development, 2) poor social interactions, and 3) obsessional or repetitive behaviors.
New screening tests are used by medical providers to screen for these features starting at 18months old, and there are some studies on tests to detect autism even earlier. As always, if you have a concern, it's best to see your provider.
Dr. Paul Trani
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Multiple
The hallmarks are speech delay, decreased social interactions, limited areas of interest, limited imaginative play and certain stereotypical movements like hand flapping.

In brief: Multiple
The hallmarks are speech delay, decreased social interactions, limited areas of interest, limited imaginative play and certain stereotypical movements like hand flapping.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Ted Saha
Many do not have speech delays.Speech and language are not synonymous!
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Socially Impaired
Early signs of autism are no social smile at six months, lack of gesturing and pointing by 12 months, poor eye contact, lack of pretend play by 18 months, it is a social and communication disorder, and we pediatricians are looking for these developmental milestones carefully during checkups!

In brief: Socially Impaired
Early signs of autism are no social smile at six months, lack of gesturing and pointing by 12 months, poor eye contact, lack of pretend play by 18 months, it is a social and communication disorder, and we pediatricians are looking for these developmental milestones carefully during checkups!
Dr. Natalie Hodge
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Dr. Paul Leadem
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Socially impaired
Autism is a communication disorder that impairs language and social developement.
When a baby is not meeting developemental milestones, does not seem to react socially with smiling, showing pleasure and recognition when seeing a parent, not showing affection, and not clearly recognizing his/her name by a year of age , autism might be suspected and referral to a specialist is warranted.

In brief: Socially impaired
Autism is a communication disorder that impairs language and social developement.
When a baby is not meeting developemental milestones, does not seem to react socially with smiling, showing pleasure and recognition when seeing a parent, not showing affection, and not clearly recognizing his/her name by a year of age , autism might be suspected and referral to a specialist is warranted.
Dr. Paul Leadem
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine
In brief: The symptoms of Autism include:
Delayed language, Enlarged head, Feeding difficulties, Impaired social skills, Ritualistic behavior, Language impairment.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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