Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Maxime | 2010/05/10

Q.

Non-facial Expressions

A friend of 41y has a child of 18 months. The child doesn''t react with any emotional facial expressions when strangers talk to her or want to make her laugh. She looks ''flat-face''. I''ve noticed that the mother turns the child''s head to the person talking to the child. I''m concerned that there might be something wrong with either her hearing or maybe she has asperger syndrome. How should I address this?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is an excellent observation that you have made.An autism syndrome is a possible explanation.As you are a friend it would be the right thing to do to tell this little boy's mother about your concern.

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