Medical Questions > Mental Health > Autism Forum

Autism? i think he is on point for 4 yrs old.

User Profile
My spn is 4 years old due to go to full time school reception in January 2012. His teacher along with a SENCO teacher said to me that they feel that he may have autism. The reason they gave were he does not always look at them when they are talking to him, he may do group work for 10 minutes then he is not interested and gets distracted by things around him. And he cannot ride a bike. Firstly i have not taught him to ride a bike so hence why he cannot and he has not taught himself. They say he can read,knows colours, shapes,alphabet,numbers, all the names of the children in his class,if they put something up they think he cannot read he can.He doesn't hold his pen properly.He can hold conversations with children and adults,i potty trained him in a month aug 2010, he asked for things says please and thank you.Gives me direct eye contact when i talk to him or anyone family based. Only when he is excited he flaps his hands.At 4 i think he is on point for his age. what do u think

Did you find this post helpful?

User Profile
replied November 9th, 2011
Autism Answer A28360
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the possibility of autism in your 4 year old son.
Autism includes a broad spectrum of symptoms. Therefore, a single, brief evaluation cannot predict a child's true abilities. Ideally, a team of different specialists will evaluate the child. They might evaluate:communication,language,motor skills,speech,success at school,thinking abilities
Because there is no biological test for autism, the diagnosis will often be based on very specific criteria from a book called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV.
Autism can be associated with other disorders that affect the brain, such as:Fragile X syndrome,Mental retardation,Tuberous sclerosis
You must consult an appropriate medical facility where Autism kids are evaluated and treated as the same is not possible online.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Did you find this post helpful?
This question has been answered by the doctor. This topic is now open for public discussion, however no comments below this point will be answered by a doctor.
Must Read
Start to understand this serious developmental disorder here. We review causes of autism, risk factors for development and other related health conditions...
Researchers believe that environmental and genetic reasons cause autism. But what group(s) are more at risk than others? Autism causes and risk factors here....
Main symptoms of autism involve communication, behavior and social difficulties - but when do these appear? and what symptoms are truly caused by autism?...
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our Autism , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.