Do you think my 26 year old brother could be autistic?
I just checked out this website and he has every symptom on there. http://www.autism-pdd.net/checklist.html#checklist
He didn’t start speaking until he was 3-all he did was growl. I have a 3 year old, so I know that’s not normal.
He used to bang his head when he was angry so hard that he would get bruises.
The teachers thought he was dyslexic and he couldn’t color in the lines.
He strongly prefers to be alone in his room ever since he was little. He lives with my parent’s now and doesn’t come out of his room unless he absolutely has too.
He says things that don’t make sense in conversations.
He’s extremely sensitive to loud noises.
Has only had one job in his life as a stock boy and that didn’t last long.
Just sort of pushed through school-without ever learning anything that my friend’s 8 year old doesn’t know.
He graduated from high school through a special ed program.
I love my brother very much, but I’m worried about his ability to live on his own someday. Also, one of my cousins is autistic. He’s different from my brother, but I know that there’s different types of autism
What do you think might be gong on?
You are correct, there are many different types of autism. Some people may have profound autism with equally profound intellectual impairments, whilst others may have very mild autism and be intellectually normal (or better).
The fact that he was in special education indicates he has some diagnosis. His behaviors sound strongly like either autistic disorder or PDD-NOS. I say PDD-NOS as to be diagnosed with either autistic disorder or Asperger’s syndrome there must be repetitive and restrictive behaviors. He may have them but they haven’t been listed. Things like obsessive interests (that may dominate conversations, that he spends significant amounts of time researching or doing), insistence on non-functional routines (such as sitting in the same spot, watching the same episode of a TV show or taking the same route to a particular location) and repetitive movements or speech (repeating what he or someone else has said, rocking back and forth – you have already mentioned head banging).
It seems likely that he has some form of autism. He should get diagnosed and then see a specialist who can help him with things such as independent living, social skills and sensory problems.
You should also be looking out for any problems in your son. You have a family history of ASD. You would have noticed if it was anything serious but the milder forms (Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autistic disorder) may not present with speech delays, self injurious behaviors and severe impairments. If you notice anything odd then see a specialist because early treatment is one of the most effective methods for minimizing the eventual severityof an ASD.
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