"At least some of your son’s behavior does not sound outside of the range of typical development. For example, I have included a link to a website below at the National Institutes of Health regarding typical speech and language developme..."
"Since you mention that your son has already been seeing a speech therapist and an OT, I am going to assume that you are receiving these services through your local Early Intervention Program (EIP). Has your son’s pediatrician or anyone ..."
"As you describe your niece, it does seem as though her speech and social behavior may be delayed. Have her parents had her assessed by her pediatrician and/or her local educational authority (LEA)? If a child is suspected of having dev..."
"From what you are describing, it does seen as though your son’s play behavior is unusual. The repetitiveness of the play (both your description of him doing the same thing for hours and that it is the same topic/theme every time) is con..."
"Since you are his grandparent, I will assume that your grandson’s parents share your concerns. I definitely recommend that they take your grandson to his pediatrician immediately and discuss what you have described. Based on your descr..."
"First, I think that the question of whether your health care professional is qualified to diagnose a particular condition is dependent upon their training, experience, and the local standards and regulations regarding diagnosis (but I wo..."
"A month or so ago I answered a very similar question, and this is basically what I wrote. The first question I ask almost every time I hear about a child like your son is: have you already taken him to the pediatrician, and what does he..."
"Here is a question I ask almost every time I hear about a child like your son: Have you have already taken your son to the pediatrician, and what does he or she think? Did your son’s pediatrician think something was different enough to ..."
"Realizing that doctor has already diagnosed your son with autism, did he or she suggest any further assessments to better define your son’s needs? I almost always recommend that a child who has been newly diagnosed with an autism spectr..."
"It sounds to me like you have been looking at some information, somewhere, about diagnostic categories (most people I meet don’t ask about a differential diagnosis of selective mutism versus autism). Based on you descriptions of your so..."
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