"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, n..."
"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 indiv..."
"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 th..."
"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 tog..."
"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 f..."
"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 acqu..."
"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..."
"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 ..."
"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 character..."
"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 d..."
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