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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 Toddler Girls

Jenny asks…

3 month old Autism advice?

Hello,

My 3 month old daughter is unfortunately showing the signs of Autism. Our Pedi is asking us to wait 2 more weeks to see if she starts to make better eye contact and starts to smile but in my gut, sadly, I feel like this will be the diagnosis. We have already called a specialist who wont be able to see us until August.

My question to the group, is there any advice in terms of treatment or exercises I can do with the baby to help her along? I feel helpless and want to do anything I can to help my little girl.

Thank you in advance for your replies
I truly appreciate the posts so far. 2 follow ups 1. We had her eyes checked last week and she passed with flying colors. 2. According to several websites early signs of Autism can be detected in 3 months http://www.parents.com/baby/health/autism/autism-month-by-month-guide/

Thank you all again!

admin answers:

I am by no means totally educated on the fact, but I am fairly certain that autism is not something that is diagnosed in infants. It becomes apparent in toddler hood and a lengthy observation period follows before a true diagnosis of autism. If your baby is unresponsive to stimuli and not smiling, there could be literally hundreds of other reasons. Your baby is only 3 months old, I would not stress out until you know a bit more information. But please try and relax in the knowledge that autism is not apparent in a 3 month old baby.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

George asks…

Could this be a sign of autism?

My 2 year old niece has been living with me and my parents for about 8 months now. Her mother is in the Marines and her father left them as soon as he was out of the military and she was only 1 year old.
My mom really believes that the little girl is acting out because she is not with her parents. When her mother does come to visit during the weekend, she yells at her and says things like “what the f— do you want!?”…
The little girl has a real bad habit that at night, she throws fits when it’s bed time, if we say NO to her or she gets real angry (this happens when she doesn’t get her way or we take too long with her bottle, etc..) she bangs her head on the floor and bites herself. We have told my sister that she needs to take her to the doctor and explain to him what she does, all my sister says is that it’s not big deal “she’s just a brat.”
Could this behavior be signalling something more serious?
Olivia J.. It’s actually the girl’s mother who yells at her and says thing like “what the f— do you want” to her own child… The mother is no better than her father… She is an alcoholic who sleeps soundly at night while her little girl is living with us and acting out terribly.
Just this morning, we were all awake becuase she was having an episode. She was screaming, crying, rolling around the bed, throwing herself on the floor… My mom and dad had to finally just take her out for a drive… She went to sleep at 5 in the morning…

admin answers:

First of all,.. You are a very kind aunt and thank goodness this innocent child at least have you and her grandparents. Her behavior is not Autistic.. Just the terrible 2s.

I have a toddler and “NO” is something we try not to use since it is a sure trigger for a tantrum. We often use distractions instead of directly saying no. Also toddlers have zero patience and no idea about time so they always want instant gratification… So got to keep them occupied while waiting and give a lot of attention. They love/need to hear you talk to them and narrate what you are doing. This is how they pick up words and learn to talk.

I understand why you are still giving her the bottle at night. It is a soothing comforter for young children and she needs all the comforting in the world she can get.

I think what your niece really needs is stability and a warm loving environment. Her mom’s obvious lack of concern is making her very insecure and starved for loving attention. Throwing a tantrum until 5am, while her Mom sleeps, is a good example of her very real need to get mom’s loving attention.

Please ask your parents to talk to your sister about keeping away from her daughter if she can’t behave like a mother. This girl has been through enough turbulence so early in her life and her mother should know it very well. Maybe your sister needs professional counseling to get her life back on track.

May good fortune bless her and your family and give her a loving home..!

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Paul asks…

How good is eye contact supposed to be in a toddler?

I have a 19 month old little girl who is extremely smart. She isn’t speaking yet and we are getting early intervention for her language/cognitive skills. Her pediatrician, speech therapist, interventionist, and playgroup director have all told me she is not autistic (or seems to be) and really just needs a jump start to better her communication and speech. I always thought that she had good eye contact. I never thought that she had a problem looking at me. However, recently, I’ve noticed that it’s been harder to grasp her eye contact. Of course it’s still there but she seems so much more into things and busy. If she’s playing with something, she won’t even turn to me anymore unless I say something that sparks her attention. I’ve looked at other kids her age and they seem to look right into my eyes. Is this something common of children her age or is this something that I should bring up at intervention. I would like some opinions of those with other kids. Thanks!

admin answers:

I would definitely bring it up. Lack of eye contact can be an early sign of autism. I’m not saying that’s what it is but any information that you think is important should be brought up. When you talk to her, does she look at you? It’s normal for kids to be so engrossed in an activity that they hardly give you the time of day. When you do get her attention, does she look around you or is it brief eye contact? Again, I would bring it up. If it’s worriesome to you, it’s worth noting. Good luck to you and your daughter! 🙂

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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.

admin answers:

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?: 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?

admin answers:

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
References:

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 Signs In Toddler Girls

Mary asks…

does autism in the family?

I am adopting a child who’s mother is mentally retarded, she also has another kid who has autism. What are the chances of this baby having autism or anything else. What are signs of it?

admin answers:

Yes, autism does run in families. The current thinking is that a sibling has a greater chance of developing autism with a close relative with the disorder, but there may be contributing environmental factors. Some of these factors might be exposure to high levels of mercury, digestive problems such as enzyme deficiencies, perhaps a virus, etc. There are some things you can do to lessen the odds of your baby developing full-blown autism, and I’d be happy to list a few.

1. Consider a delayed schedule for routine immunizations. There is some evidence that children at risk for autism may not be able to process the mercury present in vaccinations very well, which may affect the brain development.

2. Try a gfcf diet for a few weeks if you have a toddler, and see if his general behavior becomes more social and healthy. This is especially important if the child has frequent diarrhea. This is a sign that he is not digesting his food properly, which can seriously impact his development and behavior! There is a lot of info on the gfcf diet online for you. For an infant, consider soy formula, which is slightly less allergenic to these kids than dairy.

3. Stay away from large amounts of artificial and dyed foods. Autistic kids tend to be very sensitive to red dyes in particular.

4. Be aware of early signs of autism at around 12-15 months, such as the child not communicating through grunts or gestures, not pointing at things he wants you to see, and having a lot of trouble winding down at night or when stressed out. Feel free to email me if you need more help at that point, or have any questions.

5. Autism is four times more common in boys than girls. There is no real probability out there for siblings, but I’ve heard 1/32, 1/20, etc. I’d say that many siblings would be “sensitive” to developing autism, but for some reason, not all of them do.

I am the wife of a man with Asperger’s syndrome, (a form of high functioning autism) and the mother of three kids, one of whom has moderate-severe autism. We caught it early and he is making huge amounts of progress with proper treatment, so early intervention is key. Explore the use of digestive enzymes, which are a food product and are very safe, and don’t be afraid to ask other moms with autistic children for advice. Oftentimes, they know a little bit more than the doctors do when it comes to play therapy of nutritional supplements that can be helpful. Try the autism research institute and Dr. Bernard Rimland for a balanced perspective on the disorder.

Feel free to email me for more info.

Sunriseblessings@yahoo.com

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

James asks…

I am considering homeschooling?

My son just started kindergarten at a Public school on August 16th. Everyday but one, I have been told by his teacher that she’s had problems with him. And this morning a little girls mom came up to me and said he daughter told her that my son spit in her face!!! I cann’t handle being told everyday that my son is bad. He’s been a defiant child for about the past four years. I have tried everything I can think of. He was in therapy but, that was going no where and fixing nothing! I am seriously considering taking him out of that school. and homeschooling him. My sister in law thinks that he needs school for the social part…but I am planning to sign him up for soccer as well as Boy Scouts! I did home school him for like 6 months but I got further along with my 2nd pregnancy and was just too tired to do it! But, I am ready to do it…any laws or tips for the State of Kansas on homeschooling will be extremely helpful!!!

admin answers:

Mom, i could understand if the problem was the other children,

but he is the one having the social problems

in order for him to behave properly you need to
1. Stop the therapy
2. Surround him by children who behave well, and are tolerant

children learn by example,FACT

When he is at home, Have him Watch Sprout TV its for toddlers BUT its going to benefit him

Reason being he needs to be reprogrammed
and for children who have social problems, TV is the easiest way to show them proper examples, it relaxes them and helps child learn how to properly respond to situations.

Now as far as the spitting goes, boys can do things like this,
its frustration and fear

he isn’t able to communicate, so he reacts
fear is the part when he realizes that the other child CAN communicate

I will be honest with you, you’ll get many bits of advice but MINE will work for you and your child.

My son had ADHD he seems to be growing out of it.
But in any event he was not human until he turned 4 years old

I don’t believe in the medications because the Chemically alter your CHilds Brain.

( not totally against it either in certain situations)

I am sure you have heard that Autism is now the NEW ADHD
and it is,

Beware that you don’t label your child, make him feel as normal as possible

And like i said As far as taking him out of the school , this make Zero sense it will only delay him further in devoping social skills

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I know its hard to be embarrassed by your childs behavior and most folk blame the parent

But i am telling you, try it my way and you will see improvement , and don’t be surprised if he complains he is watching baby shows.

You and him and the new babyb sit there and watch the shows

Repeat when your supposed to to show him how to respond properly

jump when they ssay jump ect..

Your showing him how to conform.follow rules, ect..

Read him stories and teach him to color INSIDE the lines

and very important, no violent shows or games.

He should hep you make dinner and have jobs around the house, like take out the garbage and load up the dishwasher

you might be thinking he is too young for this BUT he isn’t
you will find this will at first be protested but eventually he will do it without complaint ( much complaints)

and praise when he attempts to follow through
praise when he is successful
and most important discouragment if he refuses(this is an import factor many parents leave out these days)

its not ok for them to do as they please, and you need to SHOW him you are disappointed, not hitting, or psyco behavior but a good old fashioned yell at violent behaior

if he is used to you yelling then 360 and quitely admonish and send him to his room

– One more thing a punish ment should never punish the parent. So if he doesn’t mind then make him clean the house
or something else you need done, and if he helps you by doing more than his regualr chores reward him with money
give him the money in his hand and let him spend it, you can advise him to save it or use it wisely but at first he should spend it,

hope this helps
and hope you understand that your CHILD does understand and can do what you ask

Meg

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Lizzie asks…

do typically developing toddlers flap their hands?

Hi,
I’m the neighborhood not the parents.

I know of a set of Boy/girl twins who are typically developing toddlers, they’ll be 2 this summer.
When the children get excited about something I see them flapping their hands for a few mintunes.
Is this normal of 2 year old toddlers or is this a cause for corcern for autism?
If this is a sign of autism what are the signs of autism in a toddler?

admin answers:

Hi. My 6 year old stepson is autistic. He did flap his hands. Other signs he showed that we thought were cute but learned later were signs were spinning toys, opening and shutting cabinet doors for hours, speaking very few words calling everything dee dee, doing the same thing over and over, playing alone. When he did finally say a few more words, he could not answer questions. If you asked “whats your name?” he answered “whats your name?” and this could go on for hours no matter what the question was.

However, he did these things all day every day. He didnt really get excited about things… So it may just be some quirky thing they do. I have heard that twins do odd things like that during toddler and early childhood years.

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