General Hospital (GH) spoilers and rumors tease that Austin Gatlin-Holt (Roger Howarth) may suspect autism in Leo Falconeri (Easton Rocket Sweda) and his diagnosis may be revealed in upcoming episodes of General Hospital!

General Hospital Spoilers – Leo Falconeri Appeared To Be Daydreaming And Didn’t Respond

General Hospital viewers will recall that as Leo, his mother, and older half-brother were in the Metro Court rooftop pool area Leo seemed to be lost in a daydream part of the time. He didn’t respond when Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna) and Olivia Quartermaine (Lisa LoCicero) talked to him but just looked off in space. When he was given a can of soda, he played with the can for a period of time while Dante and Olivia talked, and cut his finger on the tab as he twisted it off. He didn’t cry out in pain, and Olivia noticed blood on his finger and he told her how he cut himself. Olivia panicked and told an amazed Dante she was taking him to the hospital for stitches! General Hospital viewers know most children would have cried out in pain as deep as the cut on his finger had been!

General Hospital Updates – Olivia And Leo Falconeri Arrive At General Hospital

General Hospital viewers will recall that as Olivia and Leo arrived at General Hospital, Ned Quartermaine, (Wally Kurth) Leo’s stepfather was there talking to Austin. He had been trying to buy him out of his father’s legacy and Austin had turned him down flat. When Austin saw Leo’s finger he took him and treated him, giving him a tetanus shot in the process. Austin noted that Leo didn’t even flinch when the shot was given and looked at him intently.

General Hospital: Leo Falconeri (Easton Rocket Sweda)

He gave him a fidget spinner to play with and told him how to spin it, and continued to look at him intently. Austin told Olivia to bring him back to see him, and when she told him she had planned to take him to his regular pediatrician, Austin told her to bring him to him. It was obvious to General Hospital viewers that Austin saw something in Leo he wanted to investigate further!

Ned Quartermaine Noticed Dr. Austin Gatlin-Holt Was A Special Type Of Pediatrician

General Hospital viewers will recall that Ned had noticed that Austin was a special type of pediatrician, and it looks like he may specialize in the autism spectrum. More than likely, if Leo is in the autism spectrum he is in the high-functioning Asperger’s Disease range. That means he is very intelligent, but he may daydream a lot and become lost in his daydreams to the point of inattention or lack of notice to other stimuli – such as cutting his finger and feeling pain. What distinguishes Asperger’s Disorder from classic autism are its less severe symptoms and the absence of language delays. Children with Asperger’s Disorder may be only mildly affected, and they frequently have good language and cognitive skills. To the untrained observer, a child with Asperger’s Disorder may just seem like a neurotypical child behaving differently. He may be socially awkward, not understand conventional social rules or show a lack of empathy. He may have limited eye contact, seem unengaged in a conversation and not understand the use of gestures or sarcasm. When Austin gave him the fidget spinner, he was noting how much attention Leo was paying to it and his focus. General Hospital viewers can tell that Austin wanted to obtain a further diagnosis and treatment for Leo.

Stay tuned to General Hospital, and keep checking General Hospital spoilers and rumors frequently for all the latest news, updates, and developments!

By Rita Ryan

Rita Ryan has been writing since the age of thirteen, starting with songs and later short plays and articles. In her teenage years she was known as “Rita Lorraine” and tried to get into the country music recording industry in the 1970s and later the gospel music industry in the 1990s. Now, she concentrates her writing on soap opera spoilers specializing in General Hospital, aspires to write a series of family-friendly mysteries in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries style, and the rest of her time is spent being grandma to her three grandchildren and cat mama to Mollie & Missie. She is married to her childhood sweetheart whom she rediscovered after 30 years apart.

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