Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: me | 2008/09/17

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concerned

good day doc!
I run a playgroup from home and am concerned about one of the little girls. She is 2 y 2months, her gross motor skills are excellent(running, bikes...) and she does puzzles well what concerns me is her vocabulary is very poor(5 words to be exact) although she can follow instruction, she does not like to have eye contact with me when i speak with her, constantly looks away, she dislikes messy play very much, and her concentration is an average of 5 min. She has always been pleasant and still is but has started pushing and hitting others. As far as i know all is well at home and she has wonderful parents. Is there some reason for concern? I would like to know so i can approach her parents.
Many Regards

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

There are some aspects of this little girls behaviour that are indeed a cause for concern. Her inability to maintain eye contact, poor concentration, poor vocabulary and dislike of playing may indicate some degree of autistic behaviour. Her parents should have her seen by a paediatrician.

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Posted by: K.T. | 2008/09/17

I' m no expert, but my niece is 2 y 7 months and says exactly 6 words! She is perfectly fine in every other developmental area but we think it' s because her mom speaks only english to her and her dad only afrikaans. Their son (who is 7) was exactly the same. Only started talking properly after he was 3. But when he did there was no stopping him - he babbled night and day! And he could speak both english and afrikaans fluently - in fact he used to INSIST on saying everything in english AND afrikaans. It was as if it happened overnight. So nobody is too concerned about his sister' s speech delay as we' re assuming it' ll happen in the same way. Just my 2 cents'  worth..

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