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Jason C Bourret, Ph.D., BCBA-D  
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Specialties: Autism

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While it's difficult to give a diagnosis from a description alone, if you have concerns, have your son assessed. Your pediatrician should be able to refer you to a professional in your area with the expertise needed to assess your son for a diagnosis. This is often the first step toward receiving services, so the sooner this is done, the better.
I think this is less a diagnosis issue and more of an issue with seeking out help for your son in the areas in which he struggles. There are many, many people who struggle with making and maintaining relationships or in the area of personal communication. These are skills that can be worked on and real progress can be made. If you are worried about this, s...
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is unknown. There are strong genetic correlates with autism. People with an identical twin with autism are much more likely to also have autism than people with a fraternal twin with autism and people with a sibling with autism are more likely to have autism than the general population is. That being said, the vas...
Unfortunately, no. There are no shots and no medications that can improve social skills. The issues she's facing need to be on her IEP and part of her daily educational programming. There's no quick fix here, and no short-term solution, but kids can make real and meaningful progress with effective clinical and educational programming.
Ultimately, you need to seek and accept professional help. It's up to you to properly communicate what you are experiencing, and it is important to understand that nothing will get better without your engaging in the process honestly. I can't know one way or another if an ASD diagnosis is appropriate, but I can say that, if you feel like you need ...
You are right on target with focusing on the needs of your son. If he could use some help with social interaction, make sure he gets it! The diagnosis is often the road to an IEP and making sure that appropriate services are in place and the services themselves matter a lot more than the diagnosis. Based on your description, I can't tell if a diagnosi...
Certainly continue to keep in touch with your pediatrician about the issue. We sometimes observe self-induced vomiting in children with autism, and perhaps that is the case here. Generally speaking, the goal for treating these sorts of transition problems is to make things really great for the child during the transition and upon arriving at school (i.e., m...
No one can give you an exact probability on that. While there are correlations within families, perhaps an increased likelihood of having multiple children with autism in a single family, it is impossible to say what the probability is. The vast majority of children do not have autism even if other family members do.
This escalation in behavior problems as the child ages is quite common in children diagnosed with autism. Families often reach a point where they are unable to handle the situations by themselves. I don't see any reason to suspect that this is a reaction to your family situation on the part of your son. You need to seek out professional behavioral hel...
Whether or not your son has Chiari malformation is a question for your medical doctor. If you have concerns, absolutely take them to your doctor and make sure they are addressed.