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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Susan asks…

Mommies to tots with autism..?

How do toddlers or kids act around other kids? Are they just kind of stand offish or shy? Do they still go play likes it nothing but just ignore the other kids? How exactly do they act around other kids? My son is possibly autistic. He is 27 months tonight we was at a birthday party at first he would only stay right by my side I took him into the bedroom to play with the other kids. I had to sit there with him let him get comfortable and then he stayed and played at first he would instantly come find me but eventually he was in there on his own for a good while. I did seek a peek a lot. Sometimes he was playing by himself and other times he was right there with a group of kids. How do they act?
Thanks! He doesn’t have a lot of symptoms of autism. He just isn’t talking much, doesn’t point to things unless he can touch them, and sometimes flaps and jumps and isn’t to hot on kids but other then that he doesn’t have any of the other symptoms (eye contact, aloofness, fixation, not responding to name etc) So if he does have it I would assume him to be mild.

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My son is 2 1/2 he was diagnosed with autism at 20 months. My sister has a daycare and I try to take him up when I can so he can interact with other children. His reaction no lie is he acts like he doesn’t even see them. One little girl put her head on his lap and he never even looked down.

If he is not showing any other signs I wouldn’t be too concerned. I had me a shy little boy 18 years ago, he is just now starting to let loose, God help us all. Lol

I just pray and keep trying to encourage him to play with others. God bless

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Question?: Pdd-nos Checklist

Mary asks…

Please: Any parents out their with children with adhd and autism?

I forgot to mention she is 5 yrs old in kindergarden
My sister has a child that has ADHD and symptoms of autism( the doc said she doesn’t have autism but has related symptoms) and i was wondering is there anything you did to really help out your child. My sister cries about it on a regular basis because her daughter is mean to other kids(doc said a side effect of kids with extreme adhd).

She did not want to put her on medication but it got to the point where she got kicked out of school every day. So now monday thru friday my sister puts her on meds but not on the weekends. She hates doing this and i really feel bad for her.

Please anybody out there with information to help us out it will be greatly appreciated.

admin answers:

In my experience vyvanese works the best for autistic spectrum kids who are ADD/HD as long as its not bipolar. I am wary of trying meds for my oldest, who is PDD.NOS (autistic features, atypical autism) and ADD. He is 8.5yrs.

My son is not aggressive and he is labile with an incongruent blunted mood, however, with our family history I believe him to be bipolar/PDD not ADD/PDD.

Fm hx:
my mother is bipolar and on a slew of meds
my SIL is bipolar and on a slew of meds
my MIL needs to be on meds (undx bipolar)
husband is bipolar-does not take meds. Has been dx extensively, has paradoxical effect to meds, and goes hypomanic cyclically and when he tries to take Wellbutrin (tricyclic anti-depressant) that is used to try to quit smoking.

I fear my son would go manic/psychotic on alot of the meds out there

A lot of PDD/ADD/HD kids do not fair well on stimulants do to the bipolar features and I can’t understand why so many parents allow their kids to go from 1 stimulant to another, honestly the definition of stupidity is to keep trying the same thing and expecting a different outcome. If a PDD/ADD kid goes psychotic on any one of these adderral, ritalin, concerta, dexedrine, vyvanese, then there is no point in doing a trial on all of them, move to a different class of drugs.

How much sensory integration is she getting? Could be her OT sucks.
Mom needs to carry OT strategies at home.

SPD checklist

Could be its the wrong med, could be the wrong dx.-she may be bipolar, could be the med dose is below therapeutic range.

Is she getting social skills training at school? She should, my son does. What kinds of accommodations does she have in her IEP? Does she have a break card, point card, weighted vest, pressure vest, core disc, preferential seating, a 1:1 paraprofessional to facilitate appropriate bx with peers?

Medications are totally beneficial and warranted for those that truly need them to function. Dosages are titrated up, this takes time, so they start low in order to adjust to the lowest effective dose.

What Kathy is describing is NOT ADHD, and its commonly diagnosed as ADHD especially in this population. What she describes is CAPD, and it goes hand and hand with the autistic spectrum population. Yes, my son has been diagnosed CAPD too. CAPD is central auditory processing disorder, and the problem is differentiating between foreground and background noise. CAPD is described acutely by Dr. Temple Grandin, an accomplished published entrapreneur autistic woman who has CAPD and there is auditory retraining for this. Meds should not be used for CAPD. Now yes its possible to have an overlap and have CAPD with an attention disorder, but frequently the CAPD is misdiagnosed as an attention disorder.

What helps:
preferential seating, a corral around the desk, an FM system (son uses this too), headphones, testing done with breaks and individually (not just state testing, all testing).

Tomatis training for CAPD


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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Laura asks…

Physical Symptoms of Autism?

If a child has Autism, does it affect his height or weight? Is a child with Autism more likely to be overweight?

Also, what type of problems of general health do people with autism? (heard one was Gaustro problems?)

And finally, how are Gross and fine motor movements affected by Autism?

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Symptoms of Autism
From Lisa Jo Rudy,
Your Guide to Autism.
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All Autistic People Do Not Look Alike
There’s a saying in the autism field: “if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” In other words: every person on the autism spectrum is unique, and one person’s set of symptoms is just that … One person’s set of symptoms! This is, in part, becaue autism is a spectrum disorder: you can be a little autistic or very autistic.
But there’s more to it. There are also a wide array of problems which are relatively common among autistic people – such as seizure disorders, gastrointestinal issues, mental retardation and mental illness. At this point, no one knows why these conditions are so common among people with autism spectrum disorders. It is possible that these additional conditions are indicators of different kinds of autism, each caused by a slightly different set of circumstances.

While the conditions listed above are more common among autistic people than among the general population, they are by no means universal among people on the autism spectrum.

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In fact, there are many autistic people with no apparent mental or physical illness at all.

What Do Autistic People Have in Common?
Top Autism Myths
Top Ten Terrific Traits of Autistic People
Social and Communication Symptoms
Most of the time, autism is suspected in a child or adult because of deficits or stereotyped differences in social and communication skills. Some examples of these differences include:
Delayed or unusual speech patterns (many autistic children, for example, memorize video scripts and repeat them word for word with the precise intonation as the TV characters)
High pitched or flat intonation
Lack of slang or “kidspeak”
Difficulty understanding tone of voice and body language as a way of expressing sarcasm, humor, irony, etc.
Lack of eye contact
Inability to take another’s perspective (to imagine oneself in someone else’s shoes
While many autistic people have terrific language skills, there are many who have no language at all. In between are people whose verbal skills are idiosyncratic: they may be perfectly able to talk, but have a very difficult time with conversation, small talk, and slang.
Communicating with PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
Speech-Language Therapy and Autism: The Basics
Social Skills Therapy and Autism: The Basics
Book Review: Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
Sensory and Motor Symptoms
A majority of autistic people are either hyper or hypo sensitive to light, sound, crowds and other external stimulation. Some have both hyper and hypo sensitivities. This often results in autistic people covering their ears, avoiding or reacting negatively to brightly lit areas, or – on the other hand – crashing hard into sofas and craving strong bear hugs.
While it’s unusual to find an autistic person who is obviously physically disabled as a result of the disorder, most autistic people do have some level of fine and gross motor difficulty. This often manifests itself in poor handwriting, difficulty with athletic coordination, etc. As a result, when autistic people get involved with sports, it’s usually in individual, endurance sports such as running and swimming.

Physical Therapy and Autism: The Basics
Occupational Therapy and Autism: The Basics
Sensory Integration Therapy
Personality Differences
While autistic people do differ from one another radically, it is fairly typical for people on the spectrum to:
Engage in repetitive behaviors and ritualized activities, ranging from lining up items to following a rigid routine,
Have one or a few passionate interests,
Have difficulty in making and keeping multiple friends,
Prefer activities that require relatively little verbal interaction.
It also seems to be the case – for as-yet-undetermined reasons – that certain interests are of particular interest to many people on the autism spectrum. For example, an enormous number of young children with ASD’s are fascinated by trains (and the Thomas the Tank Engine toy), while a great many older children and adults on the spectrum are very interested in computers, science, technology, and animals.

Tips for Understanding and Managing Your Autistic Child’s Behavior
Play Therapy and Autism: The Basics
Behavior Specialists and Autism: The Basics
Developmental Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders

The National Autistic Society, London, England. “Do children with autism spectrum disorders have a special relationship with Thomas the Tank Engine and, if so, why?” Research undertaken by Aidan Prior Communications. February, 2002.
National Institute pf Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders) A detailed booklet that describes symptoms, causes, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping. 2004
Greenspan, Stanley and Weider, Serena. “Engaging Autism.” Da Capo Press:2006.

Updated: May 21, 2007

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 7 Year Old

Carol asks…

Do you vaccinate your children or not? Did you research this decision or did you just follow the doctor?

And what helped you come to your decision?

This is not to start a debate, I am just looking to see how people made their decisions.
My loser ex is the father. Why did I get back in bed with him? Because he was my first love and the person I lost my virginity to, and I still loved him at the time. Does that answer your question?

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We began vaccinating our oldest in 2000. The info out there are thimerisol wasn’t main stream yet. I did delay but he was a preemie. We stopped after he had severe adverse reactions including most of the following:
Notice that the majority of these adverse reactions are symptoms of autism. And yes, my oldest does have an autistic spectrum diagnoses, and ADD. Nobody, including a number of specialists believe my son had autism prior to the injury after viewing videos of his engaging eyecontact, typical speech, lack of repetitive behaviors, outgoing personality, ability to follow commands and so forth. Notably, my son began crawling at 7 months, sitting, walking at 12, talking at 12, had 50 word vocabulary by 15 months and then regressed. He couldn’t sit, talk, wave, point, hold eyecontact, stand, walk, point and began headbanging. This lasted till 28 months when he began walking and sitting again. He began talking again at 4. Thank god we had sense enough to stop vaccinating, and he is high functioning because of that fact. Many kids we have gone through intervention with that were the same functioning level continued to vaccinate, and decline, and none that I have met have done a 180 like he has.

At the time of his reaction, his uncle, my husband’s brother, his colon ruptured. He had developed severe gastroenteritis diagnosed colitis. He is the only sibling to have any bowel disease, and his colon ruptured at age 23. All his other 4 siblings are too old to have gotten the combined MMR and they are all fine. He however is severely disabled. He has pancreatitis, and insulin dependent diabetes. He is incontinent of stool. They built a pouch out of his small intestine. It leaks. He bleeds out, and is severely anemic. He can’t work. He wears depends 24/7. He wishes he were dead everyday.

-Cancer is caused by vaccines so is diabetes (Classen and Classen and the hib).
-Measles kills 1:1000 so statistically 1 person every 10 years, much lower than the 72 dead from the measles vaccines listed on the gov’t site that is since 1988, so the vaccine is killing 10x more often than the disease.
-in ten years, should the herd immunity be in danger if vaccines fall below 85 percent compliance (currently they are 98 percent) then I am certain there will be green vaccines, vaccines in single dose vials, and titers drawn to be certain of immunities, and routine allergy testing. Do all that, and many non vaccinators would vaccinate.
-ingesting in the GI tract, mercury from fish, or chemicals in antibiotics or even drugs is not the same as injecting into the bloodstream.

Wow, I have never been called the Greek physician Hippocrates before!

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Question?: What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lisa asks…

What are the most common reasons a child is diagnosed with PDD-NOS instead of autism?

PDD-NOS is Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders but not enough criteria have been met according to the DSM for the diagnostic label of autism.) PDD-NOS is sometimes referred to as atypical autism. Someone could have mild autism or severe PDD-NOS. I know every child is different and have varying levels of symptoms. I’m mostly posing this question to parents of children with PDD-NOS and/or child psychology experts. Thank you.

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Supposedly, you are to diagnose someone with PDD, NOS if they have some of the symptoms of autism, but not all of the required criteria. Unfortunately, professionals do differ on how they interpret the criteria, meaning one professional may diagnose a person with PDD, NOS, and another with autism. Another thing is that I noticed that some professionals feel uncomfortable diagnosing autism, but are comfortable diagnosing PDD, NOS. To diagnose PDD, NOS, there is not much criteria needed, so professionals aren’t fearful of doing it incorrectly. With autism, professionals fear they may not be diagnosing based upon the perceived professional requirements, so unless they are specifically trained in autism, professionals will usually not use this term in diagnosing. When I say specifically trained, I mean a lot of training in this area, more so than what is typically taught in school.

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Question?: Pdd Nos Symptoms

Maria asks…

Autism when was the first case diagnosed? Did it start with Mercury exposure?

my daughter has autism and severe mercury poisoning!!!! WHY???

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Two of my kids have a form of autism called PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental delay, not otherwise specified). One has mercury and aluminum poisoning, and my son has aluminum poisoning. We measured this in their hair, urine and blood. My older daughter with mercury poisoning and symptoms got shots with mercury as a baby before this was removed. I also got a flu shot containing mercury while I was pregnant. My young son is no longer autistic after treatment to remove aluminum (zinc supplements, elimination of aluminum in diet and melatonin). Both of my affected children became autistic overnight…stopped speaking completely for several weeks, not gradually as autistic specialists try to convince parents, my son stopped smiling, laughing, saying mama and cheering when his dad came home from work all the morning after he received shots at 15 months, coincidentally the most common time for children to develop symptoms of autism. My son was discharged by all of his therapists within 2 weeks of when we began treatment for aluminum poisoning; none of his therapists had ever seen a child recover so well or so quickly. They have shared this info with other parents, and so far, of 20 children tested, 18 have been found to have aluminum poisoning as well, and some also had mercury poisoning. This really does happen.

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Question?: Pdd Symptoms

Carol asks…

Does anyone else with an autistic child have issues with them not wanting to write in school?

My son is 7 years old and in the 2nd grade. He has mild symptoms of autism and is over average in all his classes. Lately, his teacher has struggled with getting him to write in his journal, he doesn’t like to write longer than one sentence. Is this a normal symptom of autism? Anyone else have this problem? Any advice on how to coach him on writing?

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I can’t understand why mcc has all those thumbs down when the answer is correct, yes its a lack of theory of mind.

Mild autism, high functioning autism, asperger’s syndrome, provincial autism, autistic features, and PDD.NOS are all used interchangeably to describe someone mildly on the autistic spectrum.

My son is in first grade and is 7 years old, he has a dx of PDD.NOS or autistic features. Yes, he struggles with journal writing. We have accomodations in his IEP for this. During journal writing, he can either scribe, or someone prompts him. You could get the journal topic early and do pre-teaching. They remember everything so that won’t be a problem, or you could try to get a 1:1 during journaling time to prompt him. For him to be the most independent, try the pre-teaching first. It is very difficult to retrieve complete thoughts that are related and flow. My son has severe pragmatic issues and writing thoughts that are related is super difficult without prompting. My son has to journal what he did over the weekend. We go over it in the car on the way to school. So I ask him what did you do? He will say watch tv. Ok what did you watch? Have you seen it before? Was it good? Did you eat while watching it? Where did you watch it? With this prompting, he can go into school and write: I watched spiderman I on DVD on Friday night in my room. I ate popcorn. It is a good movie.

Another ex. What did you do? Went to a party. Whose party? Where was it at? What did you eat? I try to tell my son to go through all the
“wh-” questions and answer them when writing. If we don’t rehearse it though, he will write I went to a party. Cake pool present. With rehearsing he can write: I went to a pool party. It is my friend Jonathan. He is 7. We had cake. He opened his presents. He got a car.

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Question?: Autism Signs And Symptoms

Robert asks…

What is Autism and what are the signs/symptoms?

I’m trying to understand Autism a little more. I don’t know anyone personally with it, just wondering if someone could describe it in simple terms. I’ve had people tell me they “know what it is” but cant really describe it.

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Autism affects each person on an individual basis, so the symptoms are unique to each individual, they can be in any combination and range anywhere from mild to severe. There are also different forms of autism each ranging from mild to severe. There are other conditions that can co-exist with the autism, other conditions that have similiar symptoms, and some condtions that share some symptoms of autism. The link below has information about each form of autism including characteristics, diagnosing, etc and has information about other conditions that can co-exist with the autism, other conditions that have similiar symptoms, and some condtions that share some symptoms of autism.

You’re basic symptoms are: http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_whatis_char

Insistence on sameness; resistance to change

Difficulty in expressing needs, using gestures or pointing instead of words

Repeating words or phrases in place of normal, responsive language (echolalia)

Laughing (and/or crying) for no apparent reason showing distress for reasons not apparent to others

Preference to being alone; aloof manner


Difficulty in mixing with others

Not wanting to cuddle or be cuddled

Little or no eye contact

Unresponsive to normal teaching methods

Sustained odd play

Spinning objects

Obsessive attachment to objects

Apparent over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to pain which ties into Sensory Integration- any of their senses can be over or under sensitive

No real fears of danger

Noticeable physical over-activity or extreme under-activity

Uneven gross/fine motor skills

Non responsive to verbal cues; acts as if deaf, although hearing tests in normal range

Aggressive and/or self-injurious behavior


It really depends on the individual because autism affects each person differently regardless of what form they have.
Here’s some basic/general things that may help you have a better understanding of autism and how it affects an individual, but again it depends on the individual as how they are affected.

Many have receptive and expressive language disorder so it is best to speak directly to them in plain words and it’s good to speak to them at eye level for example if it is a child.

They interpret language very literally, e.g. If you said ‘that’ll be a piece of cake’ in meaning it will be easy, they would look for the actual piece of cake. Idioms, puns, nuances, double entendres, inference, metaphors, allusions and sarcasm can and will confuse them.

Many have limited vocabulary, sometimes they don’t know what words to use to let someone know they need something or the words in order to describe something which can lead to body language, withdrawal, agitation or other signs that something is wrong.

Many have echolalia, which is saying words or phrases that come from books, people, tv, etc. Over and over again..they may say it but they don’t necessarily understand what they are saying.

Many are very visually oriented, sometimes it is best to show them as well as telling them, and to show them several times, they learn best by consistant repetition. Like for a child a visual schedule helps them through the transistions of their day.

They have trouble with social interactions, most don’t know how to “read” facial expressions, body language or the emotions of others. For a child, structured play activities that have a clear beginning and end are best. Sometimes they don’t know how to start a conversation or enter a play situation.

Many have sensory issues, everyday lights, sounds, odors, tastes, and textures can be very uncomfortable to them and give them a sensory overload; e.g. Certain lights can hurt their eyes, noises can hurt their ears, sweet odors to us can smell awful to them, sweet tasting stuff to us can taste awful to them, something soft to touch can be painful to them to touch. They can also have under sensivity, for example, some have self-injurious behavior, they don’t realize what they are doing should hurt because they can’t feel the pain like we do, or they may be able to tolerate much higher pitched noises than we can because they don’t hear they full volume of the noise as we do.

Meltdowns, blow-ups, tantrums: All their behavior usually a form of communication that they simply don;t know how to communicate as we do. They can occur because one or more of their senses has gone into overload; they are frustrated; etc.. Many things can play into their behavior.

Some must be comfortable around you before they will socialize with you or have contact with you, e.g. When my son began behavioral therapy he didn’t want anything to do with the therapist, didn’t want to be near her or touched by her, after seeing her for a about a month (he seen her 1x a week for a hour) he would socialize with her and would sit on her lap, give her hugs, etc. In a sense, it’s like they have to learn to trust you first.

They usually are very honest and to the point; don’t care about the superficial crap in life and so on.

I also suggest reading a couple of excerpts from books by Ellen Notbohm, one is titled Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew http://graphicpieces.com/autism10thingschild.html , & Ten Things Your Student With Autism Wishes You Knew http://graphicpieces.com/autism10thingsstudent.html , they will give you some basic insight about autism and how it can affect someone and give you a better understanding of autism from their perspective.

I want to state one thing that I don’t feel is totally true, someone stated that people with autism tend to focus on one area, or say excel in one area and yes that is very true in many cases with autism but not with all, some do excel in more areas than one and I say this because my son is one of those who do excel in more than one area.. And some don’t excel in any particular area at all and I feel that is one of the many misunderstandings of autism.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Thomas asks…

I think my 16 year old daughter is austistic. What are the symptoms?

Of autism in a teenager? before I take her to the doctor to get checked out id like to know how to tell if im just bs,ing or its the real deal .

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Children with autism generally have problems in three crucial areas of development — social interaction, language and behavior. But because autism symptoms vary greatly, two children with the same diagnosis may act quite differently and have strikingly different skills. In most cases, though, severe autism is marked by a complete inability to communicate or interact with other people.

Some children show signs of autism in early infancy. Other children may develop normally for the first few months or years of life but then suddenly become withdrawn, become aggressive or lose language skills they’ve already acquired. Though each child with autism is likely to have a unique pattern of behavior, these are some common autism symptoms:

Social skills

Fails to respond to his or her name
Has poor eye contact
Appears not to hear you at times
Resists cuddling and holding
Appears unaware of others’ feelings
Seems to prefer playing alone — retreats into his or her “own world”


Starts talking later than age 2, and has other developmental delays by 30 months
Loses previously acquired ability to say words or sentences
Doesn’t make eye contact when making requests
Speaks with an abnormal tone or rhythm — may use a singsong voice or robot-like speech
Can’t start a conversation or keep one going
May repeat words or phrases verbatim, but doesn’t understand how to use them


Performs repetitive movements, such as rocking, spinning or hand-flapping
Develops specific routines or rituals
Becomes disturbed at the slightest change in routines or rituals
Moves constantly
May be fascinated by parts of an object, such as the spinning wheels of a toy car
May be unusually sensitive to light, sound and touch and yet oblivious to pain

Young children with autism also have a hard time sharing experiences with others. When read to, for example, they’re unlikely to point at pictures in the book. This early-developing social skill is crucial to later language and social development.

As they mature, some children with autism become more engaged with others and show less marked disturbances in behavior. Some, usually those with the least severe problems, eventually may lead normal or near-normal lives. Others, however, continue to have difficulty with language or social skills, and the adolescent years can mean a worsening of behavioral problems.

Most children with autism are slow to gain new knowledge or skills, and some have signs of lower than normal intelligence. Other children with autism have normal to high intelligence. These children learn quickly yet have trouble communicating, applying what they know in everyday life and adjusting in social situations. A small number of children with autism are “autistic savants” and have exceptional skills in a specific area, such as art, math or music.

God bless u and all your family

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Question?: Autism Symptoms Toddler Boys

Sandra asks…

What are some symptoms of Autism that you would find in a 2 yr. old boy?

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Lack of eye contact would be the biggest symptom. Lack of other social interaction is also significant.

If he gets a new toy, does he show it off? If something undusual happens, (a strange person comes in the room, an appliance starts making an unusual sound, etc) does he look to the parent or caregiver for signs as to whether this is something to be concerned about?

Lack of speech is something people hear about concerning autism, but maybe as much as 50% of all kids classified with autism (high functioning) have no speech delay. Their speech may be atypical (robotic, no understanding of figures of speech, etc) but no delay. And there are many other poss reasons for speech delay, such as hearing loss. Not that speech is not an issue; just not as big of an issue for a child that young. My super brilliant nephew didn’t speak till he was nearly 3, just because he was spoiled so much he didn’t have to.

Rocking movements & such are clear signs, but toddlers rock themselves a lot anyway. It takes someone with experiance to tell the difference.

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