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Hi my 2 year old daughter eats hair and likes sucking anything metal I took her to the doctors and he mentioned pica and gave me information about it. On the information it mentioned autism I was wondering if I can have my daughter tested for this and wo

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Definitely

If your child is having unusual symptoms, take her to a center specializing in evaluations of young children.
If funds are a problem, see if easter seals has a program near you. Some behavioral pediatricians are trained in evaluating children this age, as a psychologist. Your pediatrician should have referrals. You definitely want an expert with toddlers. Good luck.

In brief: Definitely

If your child is having unusual symptoms, take her to a center specializing in evaluations of young children.
If funds are a problem, see if easter seals has a program near you. Some behavioral pediatricians are trained in evaluating children this age, as a psychologist. Your pediatrician should have referrals. You definitely want an expert with toddlers. Good luck.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Nl kids do this to

Pica is a common term for eating odd things & many 2yo will explore the world using taste as one of their inputs.
Share your concerns with your daughters doc but don't get stuck on the autism thing. Lots of normal kids will go through this phase.

In brief: Nl kids do this to

Pica is a common term for eating odd things & many 2yo will explore the world using taste as one of their inputs.
Share your concerns with your daughters doc but don't get stuck on the autism thing. Lots of normal kids will go through this phase.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: What did he say

About her development & was an m-chat screen for autism done? Give him a call about your concerns.
You can get an m-chat scored on firstsigns.Org, but it really takes a follow-up phone interview to improve specificity. If easter seals has a waitlist, request a referral to your state's early intervention program. You can find your closest autism clinic on the autism speaks website.

In brief: What did he say

About her development & was an m-chat screen for autism done? Give him a call about your concerns.
You can get an m-chat scored on firstsigns.Org, but it really takes a follow-up phone interview to improve specificity. If easter seals has a waitlist, request a referral to your state's early intervention program. You can find your closest autism clinic on the autism speaks website.
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