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How common are the "common" behavioral characteristics of autism?

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Dr. Gary Snead
ADHD & Autism
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In brief: Each child is unique

12 diagnostic features are divided, 4 in each of 3 categories: social; communication; stereotypical behavior. Diagnosis requires 2 from social and at least 1 from @ of the others, but a total of at least 6.
Therefore, a lot of individual variability exists. Each feature of the 12 occurs often but not necessarily a majority of the time and no one appears definitely all the time.

In brief: Each child is unique

12 diagnostic features are divided, 4 in each of 3 categories: social; communication; stereotypical behavior. Diagnosis requires 2 from social and at least 1 from @ of the others, but a total of at least 6.
Therefore, a lot of individual variability exists. Each feature of the 12 occurs often but not necessarily a majority of the time and no one appears definitely all the time.
Dr. Gary Snead
Dr. Gary Snead
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
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In brief: Depends

That's tough to answer, because one first has to ask the question "what are the common behavioral characteristics of autism?" i'm afraid that question too is difficult to answer, because autism spectrum disorder (ASD) displays a wide variety of characteristics.
Generally, the inability to properly socialize as a toddler is the first common indication that ASD needs to be considered.

In brief: Depends

That's tough to answer, because one first has to ask the question "what are the common behavioral characteristics of autism?" i'm afraid that question too is difficult to answer, because autism spectrum disorder (ASD) displays a wide variety of characteristics.
Generally, the inability to properly socialize as a toddler is the first common indication that ASD needs to be considered.
David Escobar
David Escobar
Answer assisted by David Escobar, Medical Student
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