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      autism and autistic spectrum disorders such as aspergers are often misdiagnosed as a combination of other things — and the adhd and bipolar, tantrums, lack of sleep and so on are often symptoms of autism — i would get her into a neurologist and pyschiatrist asap — the sooner a proper diagnosis is determined the sooner you can get help for her, preschool age is often where autism is caught and its not a life sentence — yes their lives are different but autistic kids often have an above average iq but its hard to test them because there are often communication or speech issues though not always — so many different words and diagnoses were thrown around when johnny was 1.5 to 3 yrs old — oh it sounds like this or that people would say or my grandson or child has this or that and he
      behaved the same way — all kinds of off the wall advice was given — point i am making is a reg pediatrician isnt qualified to make a diagnosis ask for a referall for an autism screening with a pediatric neurologist they will give you alot of forms and questionaires to fill out and answer (dont know if they are online anywhere but prob are) and that will help them make a determination. they should also do an MRI and chromosonal bloodwork to rule out other disorders. htht

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