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i have a 4 year old son who is severaly speech delayed. They already screened him and diagnosed him with a developmental delay. i believe there's something else wrong to. He repeats the same word 3 or four times even if we acknowledged him the first time he asks. He likes to rock back and fourth against the wall. How soon can he be diagnosed with autisim??
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Four years of age is old enough to have him assessed for an autism diagnosis.  I always recommend assessment as soon as possible.  Whether he receives an autism diagnosis or not, absolutely push forward in getting him the services he needs.  Early, intensive, behavioral intervention can make a profound impact and the sooner he is receiving intensive services, the better.
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