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How do I know if my child is autistic? Will be 3 next month

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How do I know if my child is autistic? Will be 3 next month and is not potty trained, does not speak in full sentences, and does not interaqct very well socially. He is very smart and can actually read some books.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 7 months ago.

Hello

You can not tell without formal medical assessment.

This usually is a combination of the pediatrician and a psychologist who is trained in autism, or child psychiatrist.

There are many possibilities here.

So far, you have not specifically sated any abnormality.

Potty training can easily take till 3 in some boys.

The speech can be a simple speech delay.

Hearing problems and visual problems need to be ruled out.

And...more. All dependent on exam and assessment.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Do you recommend I take him for assessment and if so what at what age do you recommend?
Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 7 months ago.

Hello

I recommend assessment now.

All of these things can be checked currently.

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