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Does a severe speech delay always indicate autism?

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Dr. Dale Tylor
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Dale Tylor
Dr. Dale Tylor
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Speech defects

No. There may be other neurological conditions involved.
See a neurologist for further evaluation.

In brief: Speech defects

No. There may be other neurological conditions involved.
See a neurologist for further evaluation.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Dr. Oscar Novick
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Neeta Jain
Pediatrics

In brief: Speech delay

Severe speech delays do not mean autism.

In brief: Speech delay

Severe speech delays do not mean autism.
Dr. Neeta Jain
Dr. Neeta Jain
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