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Autism? Or normal behavior? Giovanni & Armani's Mama Due May 26; 1 child; Fremont, California 467 posts
8th Apr '13

Here is my son in a nutshell; he is 22 months old, is not talking yet but babbles and makes noises (grunts), has the cognitive skills of a 15 month old (so a 7 month delay) makes good eye contact, doesn't have sensory issues (that I can tell) doesn't plug ears etc. plays well with others if they seek him out but will not seek play with others, plays with his toys correctly... he had an eval and being 7 months delayed in his cognitive skills and a year delayed in language skills he qualified for ealry intervention and we will be getting started with therapy soon. The Dr. said it is too early to say whether or not these are signs of autism or whether or not he is just developmentally delayed but he will have a better idea after 6 months of therapy.

Anyways! My son has recently started closing his eyes all the time and making himself laugh. Sometimes he will close his eyes and spin in a circle, make himself all dizzy and laugh and then do it again. He will also either squint or close his eyes completely and see how far he'll get walking around the house. Sometimes he'll fall or bump into the wall. He's defintiely amusing himself, he cracks himself up! I think it's the cutest thing ever but it does strike me as a little.... odd? My oldest never did anything like that and I've never seen any other kid do it. Sometimes he will do it in his car seat too... he'll squint his eyes and then start cracking up for no apparent reason! Anyone have a kid with or without autism that did this?

user banned 2 kids; Fucking, Austria 36337 posts
8th Apr '13

sounds like a normal toddler... Kids are odd and do odd things. :)



My two year old runs into walls, even sometimes bangs his head on walls. :/

Mann Makin' Mama[BBM] 18 kids; Dalton, Georgia 11563 posts
8th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ℳary ℐane:</b>" sounds like a normal toddler... Kids are odd and do odd things. :) My two year old runs into walls, even sometimes bangs his head on walls. :/"</blockquote>




I agree. My 2.5 year old bangs his head (the back) on the wall & carseat then laughs.

************************* Chehalis, Washington 362 posts
8th Apr '13
Quoting Giovanni & Armani's Mama:" Here is my son in a nutshell; he is 22 months old, is not talking yet but babbles and makes noises (grunts), ... [snip!] ... squint his eyes and then start cracking up for no apparent reason! Anyone have a kid with or without autism that did this?"


Our 7 yr old is autistic and one of the things we should have noticed is the difficulty he had with looking people in the face. Thinking back and comparing him to our other children, he never used imaginative play...he studied his toys. For instance, he knew the names, colors, etc. of every one of his Yhomas figurines but he never tried to run them around a track. He also didn't like physical contact a lot. Our other kids liked to be cuddled, soothed. He didn't.

Giovanni & Armani's Mama Due May 26; 1 child; Fremont, California 467 posts
8th Apr '13
Quoting ℳary ℐane:" sounds like a normal toddler... Kids are odd and do odd things. :) My two year old runs into walls, even sometimes bangs his head on walls. :/"


Lol, I agree! They definitely do lots of odd things! I'm just over analyzing everything =/

Giovanni & Armani's Mama Due May 26; 1 child; Fremont, California 467 posts
8th Apr '13
Quoting Mann Makin' Mama[BBM]:" <blockquote><b>Quoting ℳary ℐane:</b>" sounds like a normal toddler... ... [snip!] ... head on walls. :/"</blockquote> I agree. My 2.5 year old bangs his head (the back) on the wall & carseat then laughs."

LOL, the things they find amusing!

Giovanni & Armani's Mama Due May 26; 1 child; Fremont, California 467 posts
8th Apr '13
Quoting amkcr8667810:" Our 7 yr old is autistic and one of the things we should have noticed is the difficulty he had with ... [snip!] ... run them around a track. He also didn't like physical contact a lot. Our other kids liked to be cuddled, soothed. He didn't. "

Autism is soooo confusing! It's really hard to decipher what IS and what ISN'T. My son doesn't have a problem with eye contact and loves to cuddle, often comes to me to just lay on me and have me rub his back but he's not talking or pointing to things which is a red flag and he is also not using imaginitive play. Everyone always says "Oh he's not autistic, he looks people in the eyes, he plays with his brother and likes to cuddle" but from what I've read and what the Dr's say that doesn't rule it out. It's really confusing =/

************************* Chehalis, Washington 362 posts
8th Apr '13
Quoting Giovanni & Armani's Mama:" Autism is soooo confusing! It's really hard to decipher what IS and what ISN'T. My son doesn't have a ... [snip!] ... brother and likes to cuddle" but from what I've read and what the Dr's say that doesn't rule it out. It's really confusing =/"


It is confusing and because its a spectrum disorder it makes it all the more confusing. As for us, DS wasn't diagnosed until he was close to 5. Lookong back we should have seen the signs but he was our oldest and we didn't know. DH and I did know something was "off" about him from the start though because I remember looking at things he would do and DH and I just laughed it off and would say "ahhh he's a little different". DS is high-functioning and excels in school, they're actually trying to get us to bump him up a grade. That was another reason we didn't think he could be autistic. The main thing is to read up on it.