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Eileen Roscoe, PhD  
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Given the description you’ve provided, I recommend having your son assessed by a professional with experience diagnosing individuals with autism. Pediatricians often have little experience making these diagnoses and are, in most cases, not the best person to be making them. The types of problem behavior that you describe are often observed in children with au...
Although your son has shown signs of motor delays, it sounds like he is receiving early intervention services and has made some progress, which is great. However, the social difficulties that you describe (his problem behavior when individuals try to get close to him) are concerning and are consistent with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Therefore, I recommend t...
Although one of the diagnostic criteria for an Autism Spectrum Disorder is stereotyped patterns of behavior similar to your son’s flapping, tapping, and clapping, there are a number of other criteria that need to be present to receive this diagnosis. In addition to stereotyped and repetitive motor movements, individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Dis...
There is a wide range of individual differences with respect to the emergence of speech. Speech begins with single word utterances and then progresses as from single word to two word utterances until larger number of words are strung together. Speech also takes different forms, with some forms serving the purpose of labeling different objects in the environme...
Given the problem behavior you describe, I recommend that you seek the support of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, who would be able to conduct the appropriate assessments and to assist in developing an assessment and treatment plan for these behaviors. Please visit the website of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (http://www.bacb.com/) where you w...
I agree that the difficulties you describe with your son do not seem consistent with Asperger’s disorder, which is characterized by restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and activities with no significant delays in language acquisition. However, I recommend you discuss your son’s potential language delay, behavioral and feeding difficulties with your...
Although one of the diagnostic criteria for Asperger’s Disorder is stereotyped patterns of behavior similar to your son’s wrist flapping, there are a number of other criteria that need to be present to receive this diagnosis. In addition to stereotyped and repetitive motor movements, individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Disorder usually exhibit more tha...
Given the speech delay you describe and the fact that your friend does not feel her son has had an appropriate work up, I recommend that she talk to her pediatrician about her concerns and request an appropriate referral so that her son can receive a comprehensive evaluation. Specialists that would be appropriate for determining whether or not an autism spect...
Some of the behaviors you describe in your follow-up response (lack of eye contact, repetitive play behavior, lack of social interaction, and a resistance to changes in routine) are consistent with Asperger’s disorder, which is characterized by restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and activities with no significant delays in language acquisition. ...
Autism is characterized by deficits in social interaction and communication. Examples of social deficits include lack of initiations in social play and lack of interest or awareness of others. Examples of communication deficits include delays in spoken language, lack of initiation in conversations with others, and stereotyped or repetitive vocalizations. In a...