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Question?: Autism Signs In Children

Sandra asks…

What can cause a child to be excited only by bright lights in night time streets, to have no interest in, or?

liking for their immediate environment or the people in it, apart from their family, and to think the world is a big and mysterious place, and want to get out into it? Is this a form of Autism?

admin answers:

Probably not autism if the kid is differentially interested in family members. Possibly these are signs of hyperactivity deficit disorder, but if this is a young child it’s probably a symptom of being a young child whose forebrain is still developing, along with the capacity for neocortical control of behavior.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Mary asks…

does autism get better?

My toddler who is 3 yrs old and 5 months is finally talking a little bit, she says “come on, baby up, all done, juice, candy, eat it, and things like that but its rare. Shes coming around really slow. its seems that now that Ive got her to talk a little, shes now rebellious! She wont drink out of her sippy cup, she wants a big girl cup and i have to stand and supervise her everytime she drinks; otherwise, she will spill it all on the floor. she also stopped using her spoon, she pushes it away and says “nope” and shed rather eat with her hands.
I wonder if it has something to do with the 1000iu of vitamin D3 I have her on. Since i put her on vitamin d3 she started to talk a whole lot but she lost her skills of using her spoon and cup, well she uses the open top regular cup just fine….anyway I want to know if your kid has regressed. Before u assume, she doesnt have rett syndrome or anything else, ive had her fragilex test done so its definately autism

admin answers:

I think the ages 2-6 are the most difficult when it comes to a child with autism , It is also the most important time to have your child in a early intervention program. I would not recommend giving vitamins or a special diet to a child unless it is under a Dr,’s care . It is really good that your child is starting to talk. My son did not tale in sentences until 5 years old. However he would repeat words he heard. It was not functional speech .I think some of the behaviors you described reminds me of a typical 2 year old. Trying to exert Independence and do things her way. It is a good sign, not bad. Offer a spoon at each meal , she will use it again. It is really good she wants to be “a big girl” by using a regular cup. My son did regress , but he was younger then your daughter. Most of it was speech related I really think your daughter is starting to test you and see how much she can do all by herself, these are all very good signs.
Autism is a developmental disability , a child does not always “catch up” with this disability.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Michael asks…

Does my son just have a speech delay or is it something more?? Maybe autism?

So I already know that he has a speech delay & I am already planning on taking him to get evaluated. But I just want some opinions from some other moms out there, especially mothers with sons. Okay I have a 3 year old son, he speaks a lot actually, ask him his name & he responds with both his 1st & last name. He knows his age, he knows his colors (but always calls red, blue for some reason lol) He can count 1-30 & recognizes all of them including the number 100. He knows a lot of shapes, when he sees a stop sign he says octagon. He also knows his ABCS & recognizes them & will sing the whole alphabet song clear as day. He follows directions, I tell him to pick up his toys & he will. He’ll sit down when I tell him to, etc. He even will comfort his little brother when he’s crying and says It’s okay baby, I’m sorry. Shhhh be quiet. He will let me know what he wants, I want a drink a water. Or I want cheese, popsicle, juice, milk, poptart, chicken, fries, cereal etc. Also since I’m mentioning food, he’s very picky, he’s only ate pizza once & that was when he was 1, he won’t try cheeseburgers, sandwiches, etc. He’s very sweet & loves to cuddle. He’s a little too social sometimes & embarrasses me at the store b/c he says hi to pretty much everyone he encounters. He loves other children but also I can see that they don’t accept him sometimes. Like maybe he’s trying to hard to be their friend. I’m trying to teach him that you can’t just expect everyone to give you attention. Anyway there’s one HUGE concern of mine… he sometimes, to converse will repeat exactly what I am saying or what the other person is saying like for an example, you say Hi Gavyn & he will say Hi Gavyn back… I know its echolalia. I hear autistic children have it sometimes but also I hear children with just a simple speech delay have it. I’m just scared though for him b/c I do feel like little kids are being overdiagnosed these days so a part of me wants to protect him from the label & that its my job as his mother to protect him but then at the same time I want him to get the help he needs if it is something serious. He has been a stay at home kid since day 1. My husband & I have been trying to think if we should home school or not but I would really like him to have the whole public school experience & make friends. To me he’s just a normal boy but sometimes I do catch people looking at him weird especially when he repeats stuff. So I was wondering was your son like this as well? Did he end up being okay? I just love my son so much & want the best for him. Any opinion is appreciated. Thanks

admin answers:

From what you posted…it doesn’t seem like he has Autism. My son is now 8, when he was a toddler I thought he may be Autistic because of some of his behaviours. He had a speech delay and sensory issues but…not Autistc. Alot of kids have Autistic traits, some adults also. My main concern with my son was flapping his arms. That is a charactaristic of Autism but also a sensory thing. I was told by alot of people..he is fine, he will grow out of it. BUT…i went ahead and got him tested. I had to because…what if? So..relax…get your son tested to be sure. He seems very vocal and very smart. Alot of times children that are very smart…have quirks.

Home Schooling is something I never concidered….it wasn’t for me. I have a friend who homeschools her 4 children. She sent them all to preschool and kindergarden. She was is a teacher, but isn’t working in a school. I asked her why she sent her kids to preschool and kindergarden. She said, she wanted them to go to learn to be social, learn to be around alot of other kids, and make there own friends, and have that backround. . At that age learning to share with others, and be around other kids was important to her. She also gives the choice. She homeschools 1st and 2nd grade, then asks the children if they want to to to school, or homeschool. They have all chosen to homeschool. They are lovely girls and very social. To me, it could be there personalities but..all of them are very outgoing and try hard to make frineds..which is good, but makes me wonder if they “need” to be in a classroom. But they are able to make that choice. The do have friends, they are in karate, and go to a homeschool group once or twice a week, and are very involved in there church and go to chruch school.

What is his speech delay? Seems like he talks alot. Lisp, studdering?

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Question?: Autism Signs In 15 Month Old

Lizzie asks…

Why is my 15 month old not speaking, walking or gesturing?

I’m worried. My 15 month old daughter was 6 weeks premature and has been slow to do other milestones, such as smiling and crawling, and she caught up with those eventually. However, while she babbles and says dadada all day and the occasional mama, I can’t coax her to say anything else. She also wont point to things when asked and rarely waves bye bye. I see she is intelligent. She’ll watch me do something once and mimic it. Yet I tried and tried to teach her sign language and she didn’t go for it. Could she not be speaking, walking or gesturing because I want her to and am trying to encourage her to? I’m wondering if she’s responding to the attention I give her while I try to encourage her. She gets tons of attention all day anyway. I’m a stay at home and I read to her and speak to her all day long. I’m scared for her. What do you think?

admin answers:

At your 18 month check up the doctor will ask you questions about your daughter’s development. I would make a list of things that you are concerned about and take them with you. You do have to remember that because she was a premie – she still probably hasn’t “caught up”.

I think what you’re wanting to know is what the milestones are for speech. By 18 months, your daughter should be able to say 9 words at a minimum. Your dr will count things such as uh huh or mmmmmm… An average 18 month old will say 20-30 words.

If you don’t want to wait for your 18 month check, call your dr and ask him for a referral to the early intervention program in your state. The state will come in and do an assessment free of charge in your home. Early intervention is the key if it is something more than just a speech delay.

Trust your instincts. If you think something is up, it does not hurt to follow those instincts. You are definitely watching for the right things!

Don’t be scared for her. Regardless, she has a loving family and the love that you have for her is not going to change for anything.

I just read the message about autism… It is too early to go down that path… Don’t freak yourself out like I did with doing research. Start looking into early intervention… They are the professionals… Not the idiots who come on here and start freaking mothers out about things that your children may or may not have.

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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 2 Year Old

Donald asks…

How to potty train a 5 year old autistic kid?

My kid is 5 years old and has autism problem. He is somewhat potty trained but regardless of our efforts he is not completely trained. Any suggestions?

admin answers:

You probably need to elaborate what you are doing thus far… Think about why he is successful when he is going in the toilet. A good way is this, though…
1.When he is home, give him a lot to drink (water or preferred drink).
2.Read signs from him that he needs to go and get him right into the bathroom at that point OR put him on an hourly toileting schedule.
3. When he is successful, reward him with preferred activity/item (but only use that item for toileting; don’t use it any other time).

Basically, by giving him a lot of water, you can begin to gauge when he has to go and take him if he has clear signals (e.g., holds himself, jumps up and down). If he doesn’t have clear signals, take him on a schedule…

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Sharon asks…

Without them telling you can can you tell if a teenager/young adult suffers from the following conditions?

1. Autism
2. ADHD
3. Dyslexia
4. Anorexa

You dont have to pick all 4 conditions if you dont want 2. If you just want to pick 1 or 2 then thats fine 🙂

admin answers:

1.sometimes i can tell it really depends on how severe it is. But most of the time i can suspect but i couldnt actally know without meeting them and iinteracting with them and stuff

2 no because symptoms of adhd can all be signs of other things as well. For example some of the signs like inatentiveness and zoning out could actually be explained by a diagnoses of one of the autistic spectrum disorder’s ( autism, asperger’s, ect.) they can also be signs someone just is tired or bored and stuff

3. No how do you know its not some other larning disability or even not an ld at all but alanguage barrier.

4. No you cant tell by just looking

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Question?: Pdd-nos

Sandy asks…

Should my oldest child with Aspergers or baby have their own room?

My seven year old son has Aspergers and my five year old son has PDD-NOS. They have been sharing a room for the past few years but my oldest has started to ask for his own room. The problem is, I have a one year old daughter and we live in a three bedroom house. I don’t know if I should give the boys their own room and put her in our bedroom. If anyone has any insight or suggestions I would really appreciate it!

admin answers:

Nobody knows your kids like you. Nobody knows the specific issues your Aspergers and PDD-NOS kids have like you do. Nobody knows how often your 1 yr old climbs in with you anyway or how well she does in your room. So nobody here can come close to saying what *you* should do.

That said… We have a *tiny* three bedroom house with four kids (13, 6, 4.5, and 3yrs) and are expecting our fifth. My oldest has Aspergers and we suspect the 3 yr old may as well. So far the 6 yr old is the only girl.

One bedroom is so small we just used it as a ‘computer room’ for years and put all the kids in the biggest bedroom… But the youngest actually slept with us. But with the oldest being so much older we finally moved him into that room alone last year. Now the others still have the big room and the new baby will be sharing with us.

With your boys being so close in age… I personally like the idea of giving them the big room and ‘splitting’ it for them. However… I don’t have a clue what sort of Aspie issues you are having between the two of them. That would be the deciding factor to me. If they really *need* their space and the little girl likes sharing your room… That would simply make more sense for you. But if they are only asking for their own room and not really showing signs of *needing* it… I think I’d leave them.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 3 Year Old

William asks…

What Diseases could these symptoms be from?

My Girlfriend’s 2nd cousins. Here is the background. She had birth to 2 boys. The younger of the two passed away at about the age of 3 months. Autopsy results have only concluded heart and Kidney failure, even from specialists. The older brother is now 2 years old. He has similar symptoms but appears to have them less severe. One original Diagnosis was Bruton’s Disease which is an immune deficiency condition but this was later dismissed. He is very limited in his speech and can not walk on his own but has recently been able to stand with the help of an object. He also suffers from seizures but medication has helped. In appearance he seems to be normal and shows no obvious signs of retardation. He has seen specialists and his younger brother has been autopsied and studied by specialists but there is still no diagnosis. Thought I might give this a try.

admin answers:

Have they considered autism?

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

David asks…

Is it possible to develop autism later in life (like as a teenager or into adulthood)?

Or another words can people be totally “normal” as toddlers and children, and show signs for it as they grow older? Thanks 🙂
Oh and no I do not think I have autism or any other mental disability. I am purely curious because I am reading a book about someone living with autism right now.

admin answers:

No. Autism is a developmental disorder, meaning the symptoms develop early on and last throughout the lifetime. One of the diagnostic criteria is that the symptoms must be apparent by the age of 3. If autism-like symptoms appear later, it is due to some other cause.

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