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Question?: Autism Signs In 3 Year Olds

James asks…

Does this sound like Autism in my 3 year old?

We waiting to go to the Children Hospital.For another opinion. But this is my DD actions everyday…
_rocks and spins toys.
_ Like to play by herself.(not with siblings or kids in school)
_no eye contacts.
_don’t like being touch.
_have no speech what so ever.

admin answers:

The speech delay may be an issue, but mainly you need to check if she is making an effort to communicate with others.

Rocking, spinning, playing by themselves, not making eye contact, and not liking to be touched are NOT signs of autism.

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Question?: Autism Signs In 3 Year Olds

Donald asks…

Anyone out there have a child with autism?

I am so worried that my 3 year old son has some kind of form of autism. His dr. wants him to be evaluated. Could someone out there tell me what life is like having a child with autism, and how did you first know something was out of the norm with them?

admin answers:

My nephew is autistic, and i believe he was dignosed about the age of 3. He is an extreme case. He is now 5. He still talks very little, and he has a lot of difficulty with change. For example, he has pinkeye right now, and it has been a madhouse here just trying to get eyedrops in his eyes.

He is very bright, however. He is very stubborn, and cries for hours on end if he doesn’t get his way. He is not antisocial, but has a lot of trouble sharing things like toys. He sometimes daydreams so deeply that even loud noises don’t shake him from them. He seems to function rather well most of the time. Just doesn’t deal well with things he’s not used to. He picks up on some things faster than most kids. Like the fact that he no longer calls his mother mommy. He calls her by her first name, because that is what we all call her.

He sees a speech therapist and and an occupational therapist, and it was his OT that originally pointed out signs. He said the first clue was that when he looked at something new, he held it close to his face and wiggled his fingers on it. Sometimes he just waves his fingers in front of his face like he’s holding something we can’t see. Another sign (or so his mother tells me) is that he seems to “talk” in his own language. Seems like babble to me, but he also seems to have his own certain words or noises from certain things.

May not be a lot of help in your own situation, but this is what I have observed.

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Question?: Autism Signs In 3 Year Olds

Jenny asks…

Do you think I lost my outgoing nature from autism?

I think I might have autism. Every since my 13th birthday, I lost my outgoing glow around my relatives. I’m now gloomy and shy around them and I get nervous if I made eye contact with them, I only make eye contact to people I know really good.
I’ve actually had social problems since I was 11.

admin answers:

No, absolutely not. Autism is something people are born with or develop at a very young age- it shows up when a kid is between 1-3 or 4 years old usually? If you weren’t showing signs of it before you were 13, you don’t have it.

This sounds more like normal phase/stage of shyness or maybe anxiety disorder of some kind. Are you nervous around other people besides particular relatives or do you worry about social situations or crowds or thngs like that? If you start avoiding people because of it or are just feeling nervous a lot talk to your parents or your doctor.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome

Lisa asks…

How can I help a three year old with aspergers syndrome?

I am helping to raise my granddaughter who has asperger syndrome. I need help with behavioral modification techniques. She has severe meltdowns, withdraws into herself at times, doesn’t like to interact with others at times, appears to be confused when being talked to about her behavior and is very defiant. She doesn’t show much affection towards people, but seems to be showing some improvement in this area. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Also, can a child with aspergers lead a normal life?

admin answers:

The fastest way for you to get the specific help you need for your specific granddaughters needs is to contact your public school and ask for an evaluation. Show them whatever medical documentation you have (although I seldom see 3 year olds medically diagnosed with aspergers – more typical to see PDD-NOS) The school will have an early intervention team look at her – in your home setting and see what she needs – they may provide things for you to do – they may suggest a specialized preschool program several days a week. That is however where you start.

All children will lead as ‘normal’ a life as they are able to. I can however tell you that Early Intervention by professionals in the schools is critical for that success.

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Question?: Autism Signs In 3 Year Olds

Richard asks…

Is it natural to a 3yr old baby boy that cannot talk?

I have a 3yr old baby boy but until now he can’t pronounce any word except for mama, papa,tita. And every time we talked to him and we teach him other words he just ignore us. And sometimes even we talked loud sometimes we have hard times calling him, but we already went to doctors for hearing and they just said that there’s no problem with his ears. I want to know if there’s something wrong with my baby?

admin answers:

I am a speech therapist and yes you should have him tested by a speech therapist.

Here’s how: go to your pediatrician and ask for a prescription/ referral for a speech language evaluation. If they will not give you one or think your child doesn’t need one then you need a new pediatrician. They will probably know some local companies that do speech therapy. It depends on what type of insurance you have becasue your child is over the age of 3 years. If you have medicaid, then only some companies take it. Some insurance does not cover speech therapy. But if you can’t find anyone that takes medicaid or if your insurance doesnt cover speech, you can call your local school district… The one he will attend when he turns 5. Tell them you have a child that has a speech delay and that you want him evaluated. They will give free sessions through the school… Legally they have to. The down side is that soemtimes these sessions are not as intense as individual private therapy sessions- it really depends on your school district. You can also do both private and school therapy!!!

By the age of three, a child should be able to use 3-4 word sentences and be 75% understood. Check out the website below for other language and speech skills your child should have

not speaking is a definite sign of autism- but it doesnt mean he has autism- take a look at the autsim sites to see if you should be concerned- there are lists on these pages about typical charactersitics of children with autism. If your son is doing these, then you defenitiely need to seek out an autism evaluation.

Good luck! Hope this helps!

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Question?: Autism Signs In 3 Year Olds

Paul asks…

Question for parents with autistic children?

My 3year-old daughter has autism, and right now she is in DD Pre-K for 12 hours a week. She loves school, but I feel like I should be doing more for her (like speech therapy, occupational therapy, etc.).

So my question is…what kinds of activities are your autistic children involved in? Thanks so much!

admin answers:

When my daughter was that age, she attended early-intervention pre-K for about 9 hours a week, and had occupational and speech therapy for 1-2 hours per week. Other than that, we just played with her. She loved Barney & Friends and learned a lot from watching that. Plus, because she is such a visual learner, I would sit with her and draw pictures of letters, numbers, etc., and things they represented (A is for apple, draw the A, draw the apple, etc.). I tried to give her opportunities where she could excel, like with colors – she knew them very well and liked them, too, so I would draw rainbows and she would tell me what color to use, when. Or sometimes, for a special treat, we’d mix water with food coloring and then pour the colored water into other jars to make new colors (i.e., red and blue make purple, and so on).

I wish I could say that now (she is 15) my daughter no longer exhibits any signs of autism but that’s not true. She still struggles with language, still attends speech therapy for an hour a week, still has the occasional meltdown, etc. However, I have happy memories of spending that time with her when she was little, and feel fortunate that she is as affectionate with me as she is. I think in the long run, she has taught me more (about things like empathy, patience, and courage) than I ever taught her….

Hope this helps!

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Question?: Autism Signs In 3 Year Olds

Steven asks…

my child is 3 years old and has special needs we want to adopt him. Is the process easy?

This child is very loved. He was born at 26 weeks gestation and the only diagnosis for him at this stage is “brain damage” he shows signs of autism. He needs a family that can afford intensive speech therapy and lots and lots of one on one time with him to give him the best possible future.

admin answers:

I have no idea what you could do but im sorry for your situation

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Question?: Autism Signs In 3 Year Olds

William asks…

How much should I charge hourly to babysit an autistic 3 year old boy?

I live in Florida and I’m a preschool teacher.

admin answers:

I babysat a 5-year-old with autism once for money, two times for free (three times in all). He is nonverbal and non-pottytrained. I just let the mother pay what she wanted, and she was going to pay me $20. My mom is friends with the boy’s mom (they work at the same place). I even watch him/keep an eye on him/play with him when they’re not giving me the responsibility of babysitting. I find babysitting him fun and possibly helpful for my future career of special education teacher. I don’t care what I get paid.

Well, unless I’m gonna use the money for something important (like Signing Time!, a sign language video series that I like to watch, that would also help him).

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Question?: Autism Signs In 3 Year Olds

Helen asks…

How do I find help for my autistic godson, and his Mom in Western upstate NY?

He is 3 years old, and his Mom has a pretty bad learning disability. She wants to know what she should be doing to help him; she needs to talk to other parents of autistic kids so she doesn’t feel so alone. Any help or information would be much appreciated!

admin answers:

There are a few things that she can do now if she has not done them yet to help her son. It is excellent that he got diagnosed at a young age because it will help him reach his maximum potential.

A great resource is to get involved with the local chapter of the Autism society. They offer support groups along with current research about the field.

Second, if she has not already, she should get involved with the special education system in the school district. There is a special education preschool program either offered by her school district or the county intermediate unit. She needs to request in writing an evaluation for services.

Third, she should sign up for the Katie Beckett waiver with the state. It is a health insurance program for disabled children. It will cover programs and therapies not covered by typical health insurance. The registration form should probably be found at the county welfare office.

Finally, always be there for her. One of the best assets a parent of a disabled child is friends and family who are supportive.

I have included some readings and resources to help you and his mother.

Http://www.specialchild.com/archives/dz-006.html
http://www.autism.org/
http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/
http://www.autism-society.org/
http://www.autismwny.com/resources.html
http://www.nichcy.org/stateshe/ny.htm
http://www.autismhelp.info/main.htm
http://www.autismhelp.info/htm/printfiles_index.htm
http://www.autism-pdd.net/
http://www.aba-materials.com/
http://www.maapservices.org/

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Question?: Autism Signs In 3 Year Olds

Nancy asks…

Can a school force a 3rd grader to be home schooled?

This is my eight year old 3rd grade nephew that has autism (low level), ADHD and dyslexia. The school has decided to MAKE him be home schooled, giving no option. This is because he has behavior problems (obviously with that diagnosis what’s to expect), but it’s nothing I would consider in comparison to other kids whom are HEALTHY and just have a bad/rebelious/disobedient attitude.

Can the school force home schooling to him? Does he have ANY rights?

admin answers:

I’ve never heard of a school forcing homeschooling, but there are times when the school believes that the “least restrictive environment” for a special needs student is home bound instruction.
I was a Resource Teacher for many years and did home bound instruction for children with autism and other special needs children. Home bound instruction is provided by the school. They send a teacher into the home several hours per week. There is no cost to the parent, the school provides the books, etc. When they student meets graduation requirements, the school will grant a diploma to the home bound student.
Homeschooling is different. The parent withdraws the student from school, totally severing all ties with the school system. It then becomes the parent’s responsibility to provide, usually purchasing, all educational materials, tracking student’s progress through the years, and making/purchasing a diploma upon graduation. There is no interaction between student and school. Depending upon your state, parent may need to file certain paperwork annually.
Today with the advent of public and charter “Cyber schools” the homeschool waters are becoming muddied. Many states now offer home bound online programs option through the public school. Many people believe this is homeschooling. It is not. Although done at home, the student is enrolled in a public/charter school. The school is still in control of the student’s education, not the parent.
It’s very possible that the school is placing your Autistic Nephew either on Home bound instruction or in their online program, believing it is in his best interest. This would need to be added to his IEP. Your nephew’s mother would first have been required to attend an IEP meeting with the school’s child study team, where the CST members would explain to the Mom what they were recommending and why. Then everyone would sign the paperwork and choose a target date for the onset of this IEP adaptation. There will be a second IEP meeting at the end of the year, called an annual review, where the CST and parent review the success of your nephews Educational Plan and determine new goals for the next year. Anything outside of your nephew’s IEP is illegal and can be contested.

I’d encourage you to sit down with your nephew’s Mom and try to get more information. It’s not unusual for a parent to come out of an IEP meeting feeling bulldozed and out of control. Large groups of professionals talking about educational processes outside the layman’s (mom’s) comfort/knowledge zone, can leave the parent feeling left out of the loop and totally confused.
Again as a former special education teacher for 15 years, I doubt the school is actually requiring homeschooling. Public schools frown on homeschooling. They do not believe parents are capable of directing the education of their own children. It is much more likely they are recommending home bound instruction or distance learning (via the computer and or a combination of books and computer work that is submitted to the school for grading). This is type of non-traditional option is recommended when the student has special needs, such as a serious illness, or behaviors that can place either the student or others at risk from traditional school attendance.

Check out your nephew’s IEP, to learn exactly what they plan to do.
If there is something on this legal document you and the Mom/Dad do not understand, have the parent request a follow-up meeting. Go with them, you cannot do this yourself, but they can set up a meeting and invite you to attend with them. Then you can get clarification of the recommendations for your Nephew.
Good Luck

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