Can my son develop autism after 2 years of age?
My nephew was misdiagnosed for many years. Finally, at age 10 they figured out he had high level autism. They thought he had speech issues and sent him to classes for years. My son, now 18 months old, doesn’t have any of the symptoms that I’ve been reading online. My question is, could he develop autism say after 2 years of age. So far, all I’ve read for signs and symptoms go up to age 2.
-No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
-No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months or thereafter
-No babbling by 12 months
-No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving by 12 months
-No words by 16 months
-No two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months
-Any loss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age
So far, he can do all these. Should I not worry?
There are various classifications and degrees of autism. Some are unable to talk conversationally, while others have virtually no ability to speak.
Autism varies widely in its severity and symptoms and may go unrecognized, especially in mildly affected children.
Many people with Autim also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to different sensations. The thinking and learning abilities of people with Autim can vary – from gifted to severely challenged.
Autism begins before the age of 3 and lasts throughout a person’s life. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and is four times more likely to occur in boys than girls.
Scientists aren’t certain what causes autism, but it’s likely that both genetics and environment play a role.
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