17 month old with odd behavier. Signs of autism?

Angelina - posted on 07/24/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 17 month old has very odd behaviors. Nothing like my first child. She pulls out her own hair, smacks her head, and bangs her head on the floor when mad. She has never liked cuddling and shes very serious. It took a year before I got a smile out of her. Only her brother could èver make her smile before she was a year old. She seems to ignore us most times when we call her name. She says bye, hi, mom, and dad. She is still not walking and refuses to try. She is incredibly demanding and yells alot, actually quite mean. Much like a drama queen. Very different from my very sweet sensitive boy. A coworker mentined she shows signs of autism. When googled, all they seen to say is look for signs of regression, which i dont see, just delayed devvelopment. She also doesnt play well with others, except her brother, prefers her independance. Can someone please give me their advise or experience?

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Donna - posted on 07/26/2012

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It could be a form of autism known as pdd - pervasive developmental delay. It affects different kids differently. My daughter has it. Check with your doctor and have her tested.

Cherish - posted on 07/25/2012

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My son has severe autism and he NEVER regressed...
Does she pretend play(like pretending to talk on the phone)?
Does she point to things or look at stuff you are pointing at?
Does she nod or wave bye-bye?
Does she copy you(like peek-a-boo)?
Here is more info on milestones.If you are in the US you can call the number on the web site and find a coordinator in your area and they will evaluate her for free and provide therapy if needed(all at no cost)
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/miles...

Also you could visit a developmental pediatrician

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Angelina - posted on 08/02/2012

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Thank you for all your help everyone. Ive checked out the referred places and was very helpful. She has an appointment with her pediatrician so we will see. Again, thank you everybody.

Louise - posted on 07/27/2012

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You should really talk to your child’s doctor; they may be able to refer you to a neurologist. Early intervention is such an important thing with any type of disability. There are many classifications in the autism spectrum. My son has PDD/NOS, ADHD, Asperger syndrome which is a high functioning type of autism he had delayed walking, and when he got older when he would talk to you he wouldn’t make direct eye contact, and would not let you hug him and if I were able he would only allow it if he was facing away from me. You can check out the web page http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/mental... but it is really better not to jump to a specific diagnoses and even more important if you feel there is something wrong there may be and it should be checked by a medical doctor.

Autismomma - posted on 07/26/2012

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I see you are in Canada. Do you have "Early Intervention" programs for children under age 3 like we have here in the U.S.? If so, can you have them evaluate your daughter? Where I live, any parent can call First Steps, as it is called, without a doctor's referral. However, some states require a doctor's referral.

Katherine - posted on 07/25/2012

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Sometimes it's too early to diagnose. She may have developmental delays. Have you spoken to her pediatrician about your concerns? Most 17 month olds don't play well with others, my girls didn't. Now the pulling of hair and head banging is actually a normal temper tantrum. She is just having an out of control one. I would put her somewhere safe where she can't hurt herself and hold her hands so she can't pull her hair. Other than that, talk to your ped.

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