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Dr. Pantea Sharifi-Hannauer was recently featured in an UC Health article on autism:

If you suspect your child is not developing normally, speak to your pediatrician.

“Seeing your baby’s first social smile is one of the joys of early parenthood. But what if your baby hasn’t reached that critical developmental milestone by six months? Should you be worried that your child has autism?

A lack of smiling by itself doesn’t mean your child has autism, says Pantea Sharifi-Hannauer, M.D., a pediatric neurologist,Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, who specializes in autism and epilepsy. But if you notice that your baby also isn’t babbling, cooing, making eye contact or responding to his name by 12 months, you should speak to your pediatrician about getting an evaluation, she says.”

 

Read the rest of the article.