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How can you tell if your child is autistic?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:21 PM on Jul. 14, 2008 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Take them to the doctor.

    Answer by feesharose at 9:25 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

  • ... a specialist, not just your pediatrician.

    Answer by MAUREEN55 at 9:49 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

  • I guess if your child shows symptoms/ signs of autism, you should ask to have them tested. Jenny McCarthy (former playmate- in no means a doctor) has a book out about her own autistic son that I've heard is great. Google autistic tendencies.

    Answer by TXdanielly at 10:43 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

  • TIME Magazine: The Secrets of Autism
    How do you tell if your child is autistic? And what should you do if he or she is? By AMY LENNARD GOEHNER. WHAT TO LOOK FOR. SIGNS OF AUTISM ...

    Answer by vbruno at 1:02 AM on Jul. 15, 2008

  • Any child can have symptoms of autism. Please don't try to diagnose your son yourself. Autism and other disorders are diagnosed largely though observation. Doctors rely on parents and others who work closely with children to provide accurate descriptions of behaviors. If you go to the doctor convinced he is autistic and focused on "autistic like" behavior you may unknowingly sway his diagnosis.
    I'm not saying you shouldn't be informed, do your research. Just try to be objective.

    Answer by MAUREEN55 at 7:41 PM on Jul. 15, 2008

  • Speak to your child's doctor and ask them where the nearest regional center is and ask to be referred. they are the best resource for being diagnosed.

    Answer by soni961 at 1:22 PM on Jul. 17, 2008

  • You can watch for behavioral developmental delays, and mental delays. Keep a sharp eye out.

    Answer by briyeti at 2:39 AM on Jul. 19, 2008

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