Thursday, April 3, 2008

Autism - Checking for Symptons

Here are 7 questions parents with children three years or younger are often asked during checks for signs of autism.  Replies must be one of the following four choices :
a.  Never,
b.  Rarely
c.  Sometimes
d.  Often

1.  Does your child take an interest in other children ?

2.  Does your child ever pretend, for example, to talk on the phone or take care of dolls, or pretend other things

3.  Does your child ever use his/her index finger to point , to indicate interest in something ?

4.  Does your child ever bring objects over to you (parent) to show you something ?

5.  Does your child imitate you ?  (eg. you make a face, will your child imitate ?)

6.  If you point at a toy across the room, does your child look at it ?

7.  Does your child look at your face to check your reaction when face with something unfamiliar ?

If two or more of the answers are never, your child has an inclination towards autism.

Source : HK University Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

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Autism - Checking for Symptons
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Autism : Brief List of Where to Begin
Autism (part 2): Signs of Autism
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Autism Resources for English speakers in Hong Kong