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Posted by art_smart on July 18, 2000 at 19:34:03:

In Reply to: Re: Autism posted by lmc on July 17, 2000 at 21:49:33:

: Her first call should be an experienced child neurologist to let her know one way or another whether her child is in fact autistic. As a friend you can let your friend know that the earlier she gets help for this child the more chance of improvement will be likely. Some signs are lack of eye contact, speech delays (which at 2 would be difficult because many children don't speak until after 2), some have sensory problems i.e. can't stand too much noise, or certain textures, some flap their wrists, spin, rock, bite their hands & are facinated with motion, particularly spinning, some repeat noises or sounds on a continuous basis, some can't stand change in patterns. Depending on whether the child is high, moderate, or low functioning some may only have a few signs others more. Again, early intervention is an extremely important factor. There must be agencies in their area that can begin in-home therapy until the child is age 3 and would continue in a local facility thereafter.

Thank you for your advice. These are definitely the same signs her child has. I will gently tell her she must seek professional opinion and then just be there for whatever happens next. Thanks for your concerns I will keep you posted.


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