Erin - posted on 03/14/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )
Okay so my son is getting evaluated for autism. The last time I brought him to his physical (he turned 3 in January). The NP that did his check up thought he should see a specialist and get evaluated. The most prominent characteristic is he echoes and repeats phrases that he has heard others say throughout the day as well as right after it's said. If I ask him how old he is or his name he'll only answer half the time. He slaps himself in the face when frustrated or angry about something. He also seems to be confused about how he relates to himself in the 1st person. He's very smart, and has a remarkable memory. Which I am aware some autistic kids are.
He does make good eye contact, pretend plays, and sleeps like rock, thank God for that, calling him active would be an understatement lol.
He hasn't had a chance to be around other kids that much, he's not in daycare. I was planning on sending him to preschool in September. Any organised activities that I was able to afford like gymnastics and story time at the library never work out because his attention span is so short and he won't sit for a story at least not in a group, he will listen to one at home with me. I have no friends with kids and mom groups are so clicky. The only place that works for him is a children's museum we go to because he can just play and move onto the next thing when he wants. He shows interest in other children at times but unsure on how to approach them. Sorry I'm rambling but I've been criticised for not socializing him enough and that maybe why he's been having these issues. (I really have tried to find ways to get him around other kids it hasn't been easy)
I was wondering if anyone had any input, advise, support or oppinions, I know it's hard without meeting him. He will be seeing a specialist but has only gone once and she will be giving us some feedback next visit he will also have a school evaluation.