9 Eileen is a 23-month-old girl who is being evaluated for autism

9 Eileen is a 23-month-old girl who is being evaluated for autism

spectrum disorder because her pediatrician is concerned about the presence of developmental red flags. She has just a few words of speech and has not put together any meaningful two-word phrases. While taking a history from Eileen’s mother the PMHNP learns that for approximately the last 2 months Eileen has been seen eating paint chips that are peeling off the baseboard and window sills in the family home; when she sees one she puts it in her mouth. This is a concern because they live in an old farmhouse and there may be lead-based paint in some of the paint layers. The PMHNP considers that which of the following is not consistent with a diagnosis of pica?
A. A diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder
B.Symptoms < 6 months duration
C. The pattern of eating
D. Lack of potential consequences

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