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Common symptoms of LKS include:
In rare cases, children with LKS may also have behavioral problems, including outbursts of temper, hyperactivity or acting withdrawn.
Sometimes these symptoms might begin after a seizure, an illness (like chicken pox) or a trauma, such as a fall.
Children with autism typically start having symptoms between 18 and 24 months of age, which is earlier than children with LKS, who don’t usually develop symptoms until ages 3 to 7.
Also, children with LKS tend to have good eye contact and try to engage with people and their surroundings. In contrast, children with autism usually have poor eye contact and do not seem involved when interacting with other people.
Experts do not know the cause of Landau-Kleffner syndrome. However, at least one child with LKS was found to have a genetic mutation, so researchers are studying this connection further.
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