Is speech delay a definite sign of autism?

No. In fact, nonverbal communication is deficient in autistic children; many children with speech delay are so good at reading nonverbal cues that they have no motivation to start speaking.
No. Speach dela has many causes such as recurrent ear infections, hearing loss and birth order,with the youngest child in multi child family often having a delay in expressive language.
Yes. Yes, speech delay is one sign of autism, BUT there are many manifestations of speech delay that are NOT associated with autism, as well. Speech delay with poor eye contact, lack of gesturing in a toddler, with intense interest in a narrow range of subjects are associated signs of autism. Early diagnosis can be made between 15 to 18 months and definitely by age two! Early intervention is key! .
Not always. What's important is to assess both receptive & expressive language.As well as self-help/adaptive skills, cognition, social verbal & non-verbal communication & reciprocal social interaction.Speech is sound production or articulation. An isolated expressive language disorder confers high risk for dyslexia. Rec/exp language disorder can be isolated or indicate risk for intellectual disability.

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Hello- my son is 3 1/2 years old. He has a signifacant speech delay and seems to tune people out. Are these signs of autism?

Maybe. Both are features but kids who struggle with communication may try to avoid situations where people are likely to try to engage them in conversation. I would have the kids doc do an autism screening or you can find some online & fill them out.Then proceed to your pcp and find how to get local help. Read more...
Possibly. They are non-specific signs of several possible things . Start with his pediatrician and a hearing and speech and language evaluation now early intervention for this is optimal. Read more...
All good answers. . "speech" = motor aspect of pronunciation. "language" = both comprehension of spoken words (receptive) & verbalization of thoughts (expressive). Call your local school district's child find team to assess all areas of your son's development & evaluate for autism to determine his eligibility for early childhood special education. Firstsigns.Org has screening tests for both. Please don't delay. Read more...
Get hearing tested. Before considering autism make sure you have his hearing tested. Read more...

Does a severe speech delay always indicate autism?

Speech defects. No. There may be other neurological conditions involved.See a neurologist for further evaluation. Read more...
Definitely not. There are plenty of reasons why a child might have speech delay. Autism is only 1 of them. Has the hearing been checked? Are there other delays in motor or social realms? Likely your child would benefit from a speech and language evaluation at a speech center specialized in children and potentially an ENT evaluation and other workup eg. Developmental evaluation if other delays are present. Read more...
No. There are many causes of delayed language development, the most common include hearing deficit, birth order (lower in the birth order, later talking), If other developmental milestones such as social and motor milestones are reached at expected times, autism is not likely. Speak to your pediatrician about your concern. Read more...

Hi. My son was diagnosed with a severe speech delay and a processing disorder and could possibly have a mild case of autism. Does this mean he is on t?

Autism Spectrum. Disorder(asd): yes, possibly. Impairment in 2 major domains: 1. Deficit in social communication ; interaction; 2. Restricted, repetitive pattern of behavior, interests ; activities. Management: individualized acc. To age ; specific needs. Multidisciplinary approach to improve social functioning, communication ; adaptive skills; promote academic functioning/cognition ; reduce negative behavior. Read more...
Maybe. But he should have further testing, and ongoing therapy for his speech. The more input and stimulation you give now to help him the more he can progress. Check into other parent support groups for help/assistance /referrals to other providers. There are scores of treatment that help, and also scores that don't. Find what works for him. Read more...

My son is 2.5. He says only same 7 wds. But has said many. Imitates me. Receptive language great. History speech delay w bro. No gdd. Autism r/o. Worry?

Speech delay. I would definitely check in with his doctor. Sounds like at a minimum he will need some speech therapy. Read more...
Evaluation needed. Speech delay can be caused by autism or another developmental disorder. In the us the early intervention program provides free comprehensive evaluation to children under the age of 3. Check with your local health department. No matter what the cause, it is best to address it early. Read more...

9 month boy doesn't babble consonants, only vowels and gurling sounds like "aga " should I worry of speech delay or autism? All other dev are fine

Isolated speech. If this is the only issue, you have time to monitor and enhance this delay in speech/language. Work with your pediatrician. Likely you are seeing: he understands that objects continue to exist, even when they are not seen; responds to simple commands; responds to name; understands the meaning of no; imitates speech sounds; plays pat-a-cake or peek-a-boo; waves bye. Stimulate vocab by "see ; say". Read more...

My son is almost 2 and only speaks 20 words, also doesn't say two word sentences yet. Will his doc test for autism or speech delay at his 2 yr appt?

Screening is key. There are screens and questionnaires utilized by doctors during health checks, which help to detect delays in development, including speech. If there is concern, further evaluation will likely be recommended in those cases. Read more...
See pediatrician. If your child's developmental landmarks are normal except for the delay in speech, a hearing test may be ordered. You do not indicate how many children you have. Birth order can relate to delay in speech production as second or later children may exhibit speech delay but communicate in non verbal manner. does Screening for autism is recommended at this age for delayed speech. Read more...

14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags? No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

Prob Ok, but watch. These do not sound like major red flags, since the language and play seem fine. There are screening tools such as MChat and CARS, that can also screen. Does he interacts well with others, make good eye contact? Eat well? Sleep well? Have normal bowel movements? . Read more...

Speech delay or autism? 3 y/o- says few words but no sentences. Knows letters n sounds, helps with clothes/shoes, etc. No mom, dad, hungry, eat, etc.

Speech delay=sure. Whether this is part of autism or a speech/language issue can only be determined by a full evaluation.If you are in the US, there is a program called Child Find operated in all public school districts.Their job is to take any kid 3 and over and identify their special needs and try to make the kid school ready by 6.Contact special services in the area you live and get started. Read more...

2.5 yr boy says 7 words. Has said 100.Rec. Lang. Is fine. History fam speech delay. Had glue ear. Autism r/o. Genetic test fine. Therapy didn't help. Worry?

Try speech therapy. This c hild needs the opportunity to socialize. Ask other children over to your home for a short visit or a trip to the park. Maybe he would like to learn to swim or to splach in the pool. Give him a little time and lots of opportunities to be with others. Read more...
Hearing? Glue ear is generally diagnosed at surgery for tubes. Did he have tubes placed? Has he had a hearing test? I would ensure hearing is normal before focusing on the speech delay. If that is okay i would be sure to get another opinion of a pediatric speech therapist and potentially a pediatric ENT doctor. Also make sure his siblings aren't "talking for him". Read more...
If you are in the US. Enroll your son in early intervention services for an assessment of overall developmental ; therapy ; transition to early childhood special education at 3. Learning to communicate by sign language or an ipad picture exchange system while continuing behaviorally-based intensive speech/language therapy is vital. See a developmental/ behavioral pediatrician for evaluation for possible causes. Read more...