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How young do children show signs of autism?

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Asked at 2009.12.22 00:12:41
A lot of it depends on how autistic they are...individuals with severe autism are often diagnosed earlier simply because the signs are so obvious. I know people with Aspberger's Syndrome who didn't even realize they were autistic until they were older, sometimes even into their adulthood!

My daughter has what is called high-functioning autism...I started to notice her problems around age 2 when she didn't show interest in imaginative play, seemed to be in her own world much of the time, and did not show any interest in continuing to learn how to talk.

I took my daughter to two different pediatricians, who both told me to relax and that she would "catch up"...the same thing happened when she was 3 and I again expressed my concerns. Finally, at age 4, they finally listened to me and sent my daughter to get evaluated by a child psychiatrist, who specialized in treating children on the autistic spectrum.

Don't put yourself through the frustration I did; if you suspect your child might be showing signs of autism, find a pediatrician who will listen to you and try to get a referral to a developmental specialist as soon as you can. The earlier autism is diagnosed, the better the outcome for the child.
answer Maria  Answered at 2009.12.22 00:12:41
A lot of it depends on how autistic they are...individuals with severe autism are often diagnosed earlier simply because the signs are so obvious. I know people with Aspberger's Syndrome who didn't even realize they were autistic until they were older, sometimes even into their adulthood!

My daughter has what is called high-functioning autism...I started to notice her problems around age 2 when she didn't show interest in imaginative play, seemed to be in her own world much of the time, and did not show any interest in continuing to learn how to talk.

I took my daughter to two different pediatricians, who both told me to relax and that she would "catch up"...the same thing happened when she was 3 and I again expressed my concerns. Finally, at age 4, they finally listened to me and sent my daughter to get evaluated by a child psychiatrist, who specialized in treating children on the autistic spectrum.

Don't put yourself through the frustration I did; if you suspect your child might be showing signs of autism, find a pediatrician who will listen to you and try to get a referral to a developmental specialist as soon as you can. The earlier autism is diagnosed, the better the outcome for the child.
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