17 doctors weighed in:

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?

17 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Get hearing tested

Before considering autism make sure you have his hearing tested.

In brief: Get hearing tested

Before considering autism make sure you have his hearing tested.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
Thank
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Thank
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Thank
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
33 years in practice
9M people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors