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    children with very mild autistic symptoms may well outgrow them with the appropriate environment and never need or get a diagnosis.  Lots of people have autistic traits but not autism.  Pieces of the puzzle but not the whole thing.  Or a "shadow syndrome" so to speak.  So I wouldn't worry about a diagnosis but do keep working to teach empathy and get him involved with other children in playgroups at the park or with homeschoolers or at preschool.  And recognize that 3 yo's are typically very egocentric and not able to easily see the perspective of others without a lot of help.

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