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Which symptoms do autistic children have, say at the age of 2?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: The M-CHAT screen

(firstsigns.Org) captures qualitative impairments in social reciprocity: joint attention, gaze monitoring, pointing at items to share interest.
Atypical social communication may be absent language, words mixed with bizarre jargon (e.g., "digga-digga") or deviant (saying the alphabet before "mama, dada, & bye-bye). Stereotypies, repetitive non-functional movements, may be hard to spot before 3.

In brief: The M-CHAT screen

(firstsigns.Org) captures qualitative impairments in social reciprocity: joint attention, gaze monitoring, pointing at items to share interest.
Atypical social communication may be absent language, words mixed with bizarre jargon (e.g., "digga-digga") or deviant (saying the alphabet before "mama, dada, & bye-bye). Stereotypies, repetitive non-functional movements, may be hard to spot before 3.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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In brief: PDD

The term "pervasive developmental disorders, " also called pdds, refers to a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills.
Conditions typically are identified in children around 3 yrs/age, although it begins prior to that age, it's difficult to notice until age of two. A toddler who is not walking, talking or developing as well as other children of the same age.

In brief: PDD

The term "pervasive developmental disorders, " also called pdds, refers to a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills.
Conditions typically are identified in children around 3 yrs/age, although it begins prior to that age, it's difficult to notice until age of two. A toddler who is not walking, talking or developing as well as other children of the same age.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
See firstsigns.org for early signs of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Early intervention before or by age 2 improves outcomes.
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