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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?: Rett Syndrome Research

Sandy asks…

rett syndrome-please help!?

Hi all> I asked this question before but didnt get any responses

Im doing some research on the genetic disorder Rett Syndrome (RS) & I am looking for some first hand accounts of the early stages
Ive frequented IRSF & MANY other rett syndrome pages but I am really looking for some information from people who have dealt with it on a hands on basis>
My biggest area of interest/curiosity is about the first “signs”

what were your first clues that something wasnt right
was it drawn out or did it just seem to happen overnight

admin answers:

I never had it but wanted to help. This is what my research came up with,
Stage I, called early onset, generally begins between 6 and 18 months of age. Quite frequently, this stage is overlooked because symptoms of the disorder may be somewhat vague, and parents and doctors may not notice the subtle slowing of development at first. The infant may begin to show less eye contact and have reduced interest in toys. There may be delays in gross motor skills such as sitting or crawling. Hand-wringing and decreasing head growth may occur, but not enough to draw attention. This stage usually lasts for a few months but can persist for more than a year.

Stage II, or the rapid destructive stage, usually begins between ages 1 and 4 and may last for weeks or months. This stage may have either a rapid or a gradual onset as purposeful hand skills and spoken language are lost. The characteristic hand movements begin to emerge during this stage and often include wringing, washing, clapping, or tapping, as well as repeatedly moving the hands to the mouth. Hands are sometimes clasped behind the back or held at the sides, with random touching, grasping, and releasing. The movements persist while the child is awake but disappear during sleep. Breathing irregularities such as episodes of apnea and hyperventilation may occur, although breathing is usually normal during sleep. Some girls also display autistic-like symptoms such as loss of social interaction and communication. General irritability and sleep irregularities may be seen. Gait patterns are unsteady and initiating motor movements can be difficult. Slowing of head growth is usually noticed during this stage.

Stage III, also called the plateau or pseudo-stationary stage, usually begins between ages 2 and 10 and can last for years. Apraxia, motor problems, and seizures are prominent during this stage. However, there may be improvement in behavior, with less irritability, crying, and autistic-like features. An individual in stage III may show more interest in her surroundings, and her alertness, attention span, and communication skills may improve. Many girls remain in this stage for most of their lives.

The last stage, stage IV — called the late motor deterioration stage — can last for years or decades and is characterized by reduced mobility. Muscle weakness, rigidity (stiffness), spasticity, dystonia (increased muscle tone with abnormal posturing of extremity or trunk), and scoliosis (curvature of the spine) are other prominent features. Girls who were previously able to walk may stop walking. Generally, there is no decline in cognition, communication, or hand skills in stage IV. Repetitive hand movements may decrease, and eye gaze usually improves.

Hope it helps.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms 18 Months

Lisa asks…

What does it mean when you are autistic? How do you know you have autism?

doesn’t it mean that you dont know what is right and what is right? could someone elaborate?

admin answers:

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a disorder that you’re born with which profoundly impacts social development (even something simple like understanding pointing or knowing how to point often has to be explicitly taught. Many struggle with making eye contact, don’t respond to their name, etc) and causes severe restrictive or repetitive behaviors such as hand flapping, spinning, strange fascinations with particular things (like watching spinning wheels on toys, or memorizing baseball stats but not having any interest in the actual game itself) or complete meltdowns when routines are changed.

Within Autism Spectrum Disorder there are a few subtypes – the most common are classic autism and aspergers. Both have the symptoms mentioned above but classic autism requires also significant language delays for a diagnosis (such as not saying your first word by 18 months, not assembling simple 2-word sentences by around 24 months, etc) before the age of three (even if later language catches up).

There may be some impact to understanding right versus wrong, but there’s a lot more significant problems in understanding than just right vs. Wrong (such as not understanding cause and effect, not being able to answer simple questions about “who” or “why” or “what”), or even being able to follow simple commands. The impact of their language skills isn’t restricted to just right versus wrong.

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Question?: Rett Syndrome Pictures

Mandy asks…

I need to know more about autism, my little sister who i never see?

Ok, im 16 and my little sister Lexie lives with her real mom , we both have the same dad but different moms. I havent seen her since she was like 3 or 4 and shes now 8. shes very tiny and underdeveloped, but adorable., her mom told me she has learning disabilities and mild autism, i was gonna see if she would let Lexie come stay with me for a week so i can get to know her, but i just wonder how shes like.
any info??

admin answers:

My son has PDD-NOS which is on the Autism Spectrum. The Autism Spectrum is what they call a Spectrum because the severity and symptoms that children have differs greatly. There are five diagnoses that are under the Autism Spectrum Umbrella. These are Autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger’s, childhood disintegrative disorder, and Rett syndrome. PDD-NOS is the most common diagnoses. Asperger’s is the highest functioning of the Autism Spectrum Disorders which are also called Pervasive Development Disorders. Autism is more common in boys than girls, except for Rett Syndrome which affects mostly girls. I have been told by specialists that they have a saying that “If you have seen one child with Autism you have seen one child with Autism”. By that saying they mean that no two children with autism present the same.

Let me tell you a little about my son. When he was a baby I knew something was different. He was my third child so I just knew something was not right. He did not like to be held like my other kids did. He would let me feed him, but look at the ceiling fan while I did instead of into my eyes. When he was done eating he would want to get down. He did not like to be held much. As he got older I noticed that he did not play with toys like my other kids did. He liked to take them apart instead. He was a head banger and rocked side to side alot. When routines changed he always got very irritable and still does. He would play with his toys the same way all the time, and line them up. He began talking on time, but always talked about what he was thinking without holding proper conversations. His voice is monotone all in one high pitch. He does not understand others feelings, how his actions affect others, or facial expressions. He takes everything very seriously and does not understand sarcasm or jokes. He has high anxiety, gets frustrated easily, and has been agressive since he was two. He has sensory processing disorder which is very common with PDD. He has always had sensory issues and hated things too bright, too cold or hot, certain clothing, certain textures, etc. He has problems making friends, and does not play age appropriately.

What has worked for us: My son gets Sensory Integration therapy at his school where he has an IEP and is in a special classroom. He has been in counseling since he was three to help him understand his feelings, others feelings, and ways to better control his emotions. He is on medications to help him control his rages, anger, and sleep issues. I have found that schedules and routines are the most important things for us. I made him a picture schedule that works very well. If you want to email me I can send you more information and even pics of our picture schedule. I have gotten valuable information by getting my son several diagnostic tests such as a speeech evaluation, neuropsycological evaluation, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician Evaluation, an EEG, an EKG, and even genetics testing. I think that the two most important things to do are to see a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician because they are the doctors that most specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Also a neuropsych evaluation will help understand how she thinks and how her brain works.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Infants

Donna asks…

Is it possible to tell if an infant is “gifted”?

When do babies usually develop problem solving skills? When do they usually recognize patterns? Is doing these things early a sign of autism or is it possible to tell early on that a baby is intellectually gifted?
I agree, I think parents are over paranoid about autism and the “signs” are so sketchy.

admin answers:

Ok, I will give it a shot.. Lol

I would think… That someone might be abe to tell around 10 months or so. If they are able to start figuring out shape sorters and how some toys for lets say a 12 month old might work.

I would NOT think it was a sign of autism at all though. I feel that is a medical term that is thrown around this website way too much.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Spectrum Disorder In Children

Laura asks…

How often does your 1 y/o bump head/fall when learning to walk?

Ever since my year old has learned to crawl & walk she has been falling & bumping her head a lot. It scares me becuase it happens almost everyday. She hits the wall, falls on toys, hits the tv stand, bumps head on crib. The worst fall was when she scraped her head when she fell on a toy & left a cut on her head. Does this happen to your baby? Its normal right?

admin answers:

If you feel this is excessive talk to your pediatricians. I say that because when my son began to walk (he was my 2nd child) he fell alot. The poor child looked like he was on the losing end of a couple of fights. Well it turns out that he was diagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome which is a form of autism. Frequently poor motor skills are a hallmark of autistic spectrum disorders. So, if you feel it’s more than unusual the amount of falling she does, talk to your pediatrician.

Early diagnosis for developmental disorders is imperative for proper treatment. Because my son was diagnosed so early, he has very few issues.

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Question?: Autism Signs In 15 Month Old

Sharon asks…

My 15 month old son hits himself in the face when he is mad and frustrated.?

Is anyone else’s child expressing their selves like this? I’ve never see anything like it personally and its very disturbing. Hopefully its a phase.

admin answers:

Bring it up at the next pediatrician visit, but honestly, I wouldn’t be too terribly concerned. At that age when they can’t verbalize their frustration or they are tired some children will resort to little comfort techniques like that. My daughter used to pull a piece of her hair when she was tired or angry. She stopped by the time she was two. As long as he is interacting with you and other people, interested in toys, and isn’t showing any signs of autism I wouldn’t worry. Def. Bring it up to your doctor, but it’s probably just a phase. Your doctor may be able to offer some more insight or ways to distract him when he does it.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

Mandy asks…

When can you diagnose autism in a baby?

And what are the signs and symptoms?

admin answers:

From these studies, five distinct areas of development are flagged for consideration. All parents should consider these “Big Five” if they suspect that their child may have autism.

1) Does the baby respond to his or her name when called by the caregiver? Within the first few months of life, babies respond to their own name by orienting toward the person who called them. Typical babies are very responsive to the voices of familiar people, and often respond with smiles and looks.

In contrast, infants later diagnosed with autism often fail to respond to their own name. That is, when called by name, they tend to turn and look at the person only about 20% of the time as found- in the videotaped one year-old birthday parties of children with autism. They also are often selectively responsive to sounds. They may ignore some sounds and respond to others that are of the same loudness. Thus, they may fail to respond to their parent calling their name, but immediately respond to the television being turned on. It is not unusual for parents to suspect their child has a hearing loss.

2) Does the young child engage in “joint attention”? Near the end of the first year of life, most infants begin to join with their caregivers in looking at the same object or event. To aid in this process of “joint attention”, typical infants begin to shift their gaze from toys to people, follow other’s points, monitor the gaze of others, point to objects or events to share interest, and show toys to others. These behaviors have a distinct sharing quality to them. For example, the young infant may point to an airplane flying over head, and look to the parent, as if to say, “do you see that!”

In contrast, young children with autism have particular difficulties in jointly attending with others. They rarely follow another’s points, do not often shift their gaze back and forth from objects to people, and do not seem to share “being with” the caregiver as they watch and talk about objects, people, or events. They also tend not to “show” a toy to the parent.

3) Does the child imitate others? Typical infants are mimics. Very young infants can imitate facial movements (e.g., sticking out their tongue). As early as 8-10 months, mothers and infants say the same sounds one after another, or clap or make other movements. Indeed, imitation is a major part of such common infant games as pat-a-cake and So Big (“How big is baby? Soooo big!” as infant raises hands to sky).

Young children with autism, however, less often imitate others. They show less imitation of body and facial movements (waving, making faces, playing infant games), and less imitation with objects.

4) Does the child respond emotionally to others? Typical infants are socially responsive to others. They smile when others smile at them, and they initiate smiles and laughs when playing with toys and others. When typical infants observe another child crying, they may cry themselves, or looked concerned. Somewhat older infants may crawl near the person, pat, or in other ways offer comfort. These latter behaviors are suggestive of empathy and are commonly observed among children in the second year of life.

In contrast, children with autism may seem unaware of the emotions of others. They may not take notice of the social smiles of others, and thus may not look and smile in response to other’s smiles. They also may ignore the distress of others. Several researchers have now shown that when an adult feigns pain and distress after hitting herself with a toy, or banging her knee, young children with autism are less likely to look at the adult, or show facial concern.

5) Does the baby engage in pretend play? Someone once noted that “play is the work of children.” Young children love to pretend-to be a mother, father, or baby, to be a firefighter or police officer. Although children start to play with toys around six months or so, play does not take on a pretend quality until the end of the first year. Their first actions may involve pretending to feed themselves, their mother or a doll, brush the doll’s hair, or wipe the doll’s nose. Nearer their second birthday, children engage in truly imaginative play as dolls may take on human qualities of talking or engaging in household routines. Children may pretend that a sponge is a piece of food, a block is a hat, or a plastic bowl is a swimming pool that contains water.

In contrast, the play of children with autism may be lacking in several ways. The young child may not be interested in objects at all, paying more attention to the movement of his hands, or a piece of string. If interested in toys, only certain ones may catch his interest, and these may be used in a repetitive way that is not consistent with how most children would play with the toy. They may be more interested in turning a toy car upside down and spinning the wheels than pushing the car back and forth. Overall, pretend qualities are nearly absent in the play of children with autism under 2 years of age.

It is important to note that in each of the 5 areas we have flagged, we are most concerned with behaviors that are absent or occur at very low rates. The absence of certain behaviors may be more difficult to pinpoint than the presence of atypical behaviors. But concerns in any of the above areas should prompt a parent to investigate screening their child for autism. Several screening measures are now available, and information from the screener will help to determine if the parent should pursue further evaluations. If the parent is convinced their child has autism, then they should seek an evaluation with an expert in autism. Most likely, this evaluation will involve an interview with the parents to obtain a complete developmental history of the child, and direct observations of the child in different situations.

Luckily, Timmy and his parents were able to get the diagnosis of autism before Timmy’s third birthday. They began intensive treatment with Timmy, and he made immediate progress. They are hoping for the best outcome, and feel confident that his early diagnosis was critical in getting him the help he needs to reach his potential.



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Question?: Autism Signs In Older Children

Betty asks…

Can a normal child still develop autism after 18 months?

Or is it more like hereditary and clear from the time they’re one year old?
My daughter babbles and points to toys etc so she’s fine. But all the media stories are keeping me worried it might still hit her.

admin answers:

Take a deep breath…..

Autism is usually detected around two years of age. Most people notice it at this time because their child has not yet begun to speak, plateaus, or forgets words they once knew.

Gaining attention by babbling is a good sign. Actually seeking your attention is any way is a good indicator that your child is developing normally. Sustained eye contact and responding to name are something else to be on the lookout for at a young age. Pointing at toys and reaching for objects when she wants them is a great thing. These are all signs that your child is “on the right track”.

It is my firm belief that you don’t develop autism. Children are simply born with it, but the signs that something is wrong don’t become apparent until later in life. If your child falls on the mild end of the spectrum it may take even longer to recieve a diagnosis.

Here’s the thing. If you are worried to the point of anxiety have her screened. I think the CDC is now recommending that all children be screened for autism twice before the age of two. If you really want it, don’t take no for an answer.

Good Luck.

I just wanted to edit this in order to add that no childhood vaccine (save some versions of the flu shot) currently contain thimerisol, the mercury additive everyone is so worried about. It was taken out a few years ago and rates of autism still, unfortunately, continue to climb. I only mention this because another poster brought it up and I feel it is dangerous not to vaccinate your children. Especially when you are basing your decisions of facts that are not exactly correct.

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