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Is it true that a child that does not point must be autistic?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: No, not true
A child who is growing fine, developing skills on time, interacting with other people, emotionally nice to be with, and smiles happily is likely normal.
Such a child may point or not point, but it shouldn't matter, as the rest of his life looks normal. However, if a child has several odd traits or behaviors, and one of those behaviors is "not pointing", then he might (not must) be autistic.

In brief: No, not true
A child who is growing fine, developing skills on time, interacting with other people, emotionally nice to be with, and smiles happily is likely normal.
Such a child may point or not point, but it shouldn't matter, as the rest of his life looks normal. However, if a child has several odd traits or behaviors, and one of those behaviors is "not pointing", then he might (not must) be autistic.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Not always
When evaluating children for autism, there are a few symptoms that toddlers may or may not exhibit, pointing is a clue, making eye contact and observing the child for approval from parent when they do point, are all helpful when considering a diagnosis of autism. Talk with your child's doctor if you have concerns.
Most of what I have discussed here are signs that are helpful at 18-24 month range.

In brief: Not always
When evaluating children for autism, there are a few symptoms that toddlers may or may not exhibit, pointing is a clue, making eye contact and observing the child for approval from parent when they do point, are all helpful when considering a diagnosis of autism. Talk with your child's doctor if you have concerns.
Most of what I have discussed here are signs that are helpful at 18-24 month range.
Dr. Marina Armendariz
Dr. Marina Armendariz
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: A Sign
Lack of pointing in a toddler is a sign, taken with other symptoms of potential problems.
But dr kwok's response is basically correct.

In brief: A Sign
Lack of pointing in a toddler is a sign, taken with other symptoms of potential problems.
But dr kwok's response is basically correct.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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