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My child has symptoms similar to those associated with autism, but it is something else?
16 doctors weighed in

Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
9 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely
There are a number of disorders that can superficially look like autism, especially in young children.
These include language disorders, something called stereotypic movement disorder, simple shyness, intellectual disability (mental retardation), and deafness, to name a few. It can even include children who are developing perfectly normally, just at a different pace than others expect.

In brief: Absolutely
There are a number of disorders that can superficially look like autism, especially in young children.
These include language disorders, something called stereotypic movement disorder, simple shyness, intellectual disability (mental retardation), and deafness, to name a few. It can even include children who are developing perfectly normally, just at a different pace than others expect.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Fragile x, prader willi syndrome, smith-lemli-optiz syndrome and tuberous sclerosis can all mimic autism.

In brief: Yes
Fragile x, prader willi syndrome, smith-lemli-optiz syndrome and tuberous sclerosis can all mimic autism.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Fragile X is the most common single-gene cause of Autism, tho' not all kids with FXS have Autism. Tuberous Sclerosis can cause Autism, also.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Conditions that have
Significant language delays are intellectual disability & developmental receptive/expressive language disorder. Children with tourette syndrome, adhd, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, non/verbal ld's & juvenile-onset bipolar disorder have impaired executive functions & prosocial/coping skills.
None of these has core symptoms of autism: lack of theory of mind, face recognition & joint attention.

In brief: Conditions that have
Significant language delays are intellectual disability & developmental receptive/expressive language disorder. Children with tourette syndrome, adhd, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, non/verbal ld's & juvenile-onset bipolar disorder have impaired executive functions & prosocial/coping skills.
None of these has core symptoms of autism: lack of theory of mind, face recognition & joint attention.
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