April - posted on 08/04/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )
I have a thirteen month old daughter named Gabriella who turns 14 months old on the 25th of this month.
I used to work with autistic deaf and mute children, and was the one person who was correct in saying that Gabriella's cousin Anthony had autism, even when he was undiagnosed. He was 2 when I first met him, and the boy could mimic TV shows, but couldn't communicate simple things. I printed out pages of his behavior for his mother, and she insisted he did not have this, but at age 5 he was officially diagnosed with Autism.
I believe that Gabriella is showing signs of autism. She screams and throws unbearable temper tantrums over nothing, bangs her head on the wall repeatedly even though you tell her not to do it. She screams bloody murder and scratches her head really badly no matter how many times you tell her not to. She does not listen when you tell her no, she rocks back and forth repeatedly, she is really hyperactive, and wants attention 24/7, which is hard when I am a single mom working 2 full time jobs and going to college full time, and she only mimics things. She never says words on her own. I repeat several words to her and she says "mama" "dada" and "nene" which is her bottle but she only says them after I say them. She will sit on the floor and rock back and forth screaming bloody murder, she will bang her head on the wall when I tell her no, she also flaps her hands a lot, and she screams at night on end for no reason. If I take something away from her she screams. She acts really strange when you feed her, like if I give her food them take it away because she is eating too fast, she kicks screams and throws a temper tantrum.
She met her milestones fairly early, taking her first steps five days before her first birthday which happens to be fathers day this year, June 20th, and she sat up at about 6 months old by herself. She however did not crawl until she was about 9 months old. She prefers to play by herself with her toys, and not with other children, if you put her with other kids, she throws fits. She also does not react to her when you say No, no matter how many times you say it to her. She also refuses to go to sleep at all, and prefers to stay awake for days on end no matter what I do to soothe her.
My question is as follows:
- How early can you tell if a child has autism?
- Do these symptoms sound like autism?
- Who can diagnose autism?
- What do you do for this?
I used to work with children, but never had a need to really research the wide variety of spectrum disorders which is why I'm posting here. Feedback is appreciated. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org if you also want to contact me there.