DD is 4, she was diagnosed shortly after her 2 nd birthday. She has made a lot of progress. She is very high functioning, most people don't believe me that she is autistic. Her ABA therapist said she is a tough cookie to figure out. If you watch her you can see where she meets the criteria for the diagnosis, but her traits aren't at all typical. After months of working with her, they are still trying to figure her out. Her tantrums have improved so has her speech. Our three big issues are sleeping, eating and her mood swings.
Hang in there. All autism is is a diagnosis, your child won't suddenly change from it. With a diagnosis you'll be able to get your child help. The younger they start intervention, the better.
My daughter has autism. She's almost 3 and doesn't say words. She babies and i can't understand her ever... Its really hard. I cry a lot because i feel like a horrible mom. :/ it will be okay though. It takes time.
Is eye contact a big indicator?? Kiefer makes eye contact no problem, we gaze into each others eyes all the time, he'll hold my face in his and make a gurgling baby noise and just stare into my face really cute like.... I dunno, ive heard autistic kids dont do stuff like that... i guess im just holding onto the idea that there may be several other causes for his lack of development...
My daughter makes eye contact with people she knows well. ASD is a broad spectrum, no two children are alike under it.