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Preparing Myself for Autism.... Giovanni & Armani's Mama Due May 26; 1 child; Fremont, California 467 posts
8th Feb '13

So, for any of you who have not read my past posts I am concerned that my son may be on the Austism spectrum. At his last appt. his pedi told me that he has a speech delay, which I basically already knew. He is not saying much of anything (he is 20 months old). He says Mama, Dada and Uh ohhh sometimes but doesn't use the words in the appropriate context. I looked up how to score an M-CHAT and according to his results, he should be referred for evaluation. Here is a list of behaviors that concern me;
-He doesn't speak
-He is infatuated with twirling things between his fingers. It use to mainly be leaves, the stems in particular but now he will pick up sticks, hair ties, anything that he can twirl.
- He doesn't point to things that he wants or wants us to see
-He doesn't always respond when we call him sometimes he acts like he doesn't even hear you.
-He is extremely independent, he loves to play with his older brother but is perfectly content on his own playing with his toys in his room.
- He also gets really angry and I'm pretty sure it's because he can't express himself with language.
-He doesn't clap or wave bye or hi
- In general he understands 50% of what we say to him, sit down, bouncy bouncy (he comes and bounces on my stomach) don't do that, come here, things like that he understands.

He does look us in the eyes, like to cuddle, laugh when I laugh, smile when I smile, try to mimic facial expressions and other things. So, I am going for his follow up today. He has had little improvement since his last appt and I am trying to prepare myself because I am pretty sure his pedi is going to give us a referral to have him screened. Has anyone had a kid with the same behaviors? What was the outcome? And what is the screening process like?

Thanks so much!!!!

Rain (aka Mama) 3 kids; Monroe, Georgia 6465 posts
8th Feb '13

My daughter was/is fairly similar. Her pediatrician expressed concern at her 18 month and 2 year appointments. She just got diagnosed with autism two months ago (she's 3 now). But she has a lot of the same behaviors. Particularly the speech delay, and lack of understanding of speech. She also spins, she's obsessed with letters and numbers (like she knew all her letters, and their sounds, but couldn't communicate). She only just now started pointing to things (maybe a month ago). She's very independent and doesn't really like to interact with people most of the time, except for me. She's very attached to me. She almost never responds to her name. The best way to get her attention, or to calm her down if she's throwing a fit, is to sing. Either sing her name, or sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.



The screening process was about 4 hours of play and trying to do simple tasks. She enjoyed it for the most part, actually. But she did end up being diagnosed with autism. Which is really not necessarily a bad thing. She's an amazing kid.

Brown Eyed Girl! Due December 7; 18 kids; North Dakota 12704 posts
8th Feb '13

I have a daycare kid who is the same age and he isn't even that advanced. I think you should wait until he is a little older to prepare for that!



My oldest didn't really start talking, other than a few words, until he was about 2. Then all of a sudden, he was talking in sentences. He knew words for objects and he even knew people's names. It came out of nowhere. His doctor wasn't concerned prior to that.



Just give it time, he's too young to diagnose.

Giovanni & Armani's Mama Due May 26; 1 child; Fremont, California 467 posts
8th Feb '13
Quoting Rain (aka Mama):" My daughter was/is fairly similar. Her pediatrician expressed concern at her 18 month and 2 year appointments. ... [snip!] ... actually. But she did end up being diagnosed with autism. Which is really not necessarily a bad thing. She's an amazing kid."


Thanks for shedding some light! I agree that it is not a bad thing. Ya know, as a parent we know that our children will have many obstacles in life to face as it is and just hope that the basic fundamentals will be there for them to work with. If he is diagnosed I am just mainly concenrned about the difficulties he will face in the future. But we've all got one thing or another wrong. I am greatful that he is healthy and able! :)

Giovanni & Armani's Mama Due May 26; 1 child; Fremont, California 467 posts
8th Feb '13
Quoting Brown Eyed Girl!:" I have a daycare kid who is the same age and he isn't even that advanced. I think you should wait until ... [snip!] ... names. It came out of nowhere. His doctor wasn't concerned prior to that. Just give it time, he's too young to diagnose."


That is encouraging! Thanks for sharing! :)

Rain (aka Mama) 3 kids; Monroe, Georgia 6465 posts
8th Feb '13
Quoting Giovanni & Armani's Mama:" Thanks for shedding some light! I agree that it is not a bad thing. Ya know, as a parent we know that ... [snip!] ... he will face in the future. But we've all got one thing or another wrong. I am greatful that he is healthy and able! :)"


Exactly. If he's diagnosed with it, it's just that he'll need a little extra help with some things. Speech therapy has helped her A LOT. She's still delayed, but she can communicate with me, somewhat, now. At least the basics like wanting food or a drink or wanting mama. I'm pretty sure with him being somewhat advanced already, he'll be able to manage well with help, whether he has autism or not.