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Autism

My friend's child is 6 years old. He does not interact with his friends. He keeps to himself and is a poor performer at school. He does not take interest in any sports and does not even watch television. Could this be autism?

Posted on : Saturday, May 17, 2008 7:19 AM
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Not being interested in other people is one of the characteristics of autistic people. But your friend's son needs to have a full evaluation done by a physician to diagnose it. Sometimes physical problems (for example, defective hearing) can cause difficulty getting along with others and poor academic performance.
Replied on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:36 AM
 


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