i need details about mild autism..help!!

Emma - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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my son is adhd but it has been suggested that he may have a mild form of autism but i have no idea....

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Erika - posted on 08/23/2009

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Get in touch with the Early Childhood Development program in your city and have your son thoroughly evaluated. They will give you a diagnosis. If he does have Autism, depending on his age (if he is 3 or older) get him into full-time school. If he is younger, get some assistance by someone coming into your home to help. My son was diagnosed at 3 and has been in full time school since and received home assistance starting at 2. He is now 7 and starting 2nd grade in a class with all typical (no disabilities or learning disorders/delays) children - he graduated from the program and was an A student last year! His diagnosis was lowered from Autism to Asperger's (which is the lowest learning disability on the Spectrum). Full time school is the best way to go for the child and the family. Also, help him as much as possible at home - you have to be a teacher too. You'll be amazed by his quick progress, it's very rewarding. Good Luck :)

Stacey - posted on 08/21/2009

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Hi Emma, we are currently awaiting an Autism diagnoses for our 2 1/2 year old son. His speech pathologist told us she believes he may have it, I think I had the thought in the back of my mind, but we think that he probably has only a mild case. The things that stand out to me now that Ive read more and more and watched his behaviour more and more is what they call 'stimming', my son flaps his hands, flaps at his ears, he does this 'fluffing' motion to curtains, plants, his sister's hair, he has moments where he'll just keep jumping and all these things seem as if he cant really control it. He struggles with eye contact, but is getting better, he isn't talking, just says a few words like a baby would, its as if he has selective hearing, sometimes he will listen, other times you can sit there and yell his name and he wont so much as turn his head, its as if he is deaf. His imaginative play is pretty limited. But on the other hand, his behaviour is mostly good - probably better than a lot of other kids his age, & is very affectionate. He also seems to have some food sensitivities, has a constant rash on his cheeks and loose stools frequently. I know what you mean about having no idea, thats what I was saying to people at first, because i think he has such a mild case, i was only familiar with more severe cases of Autism. I hope this helps a little.

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Tricia - posted on 08/26/2009

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You can get a lot of helpful information at: www.autismresearchinstitute.com - my son has a developmental disability and mild autism, he used to get mad if we went a different way home or if he wanted to go somewhere we didn't end up going. He also fixates on things like opening and closing cabinets and doors - I just don't let him do those things though and he has since calmed a lot of his behaviors just by us treating him like any other kid who is doing something they aren't supposed to do.

Kitty - posted on 08/26/2009

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http:/autismandliving.blogspot.com Take your child to a developmental ped and ask for a evaluation. Also the school district does Evals at no cost to you for placement in school. That's the best place to start, find out for sure.

Pam - posted on 08/25/2009

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Emma, you need to find out what resources are available where you are. In the US there's federal law to provide education for kids with autism/aspergers, but some states have a lot of local resources and awareness, where others have next to nothing. We were fortunate, we're in North Carolina, right next to a major autism research center (TEACCH). I'm told people move to our area from across the country, just because of the resources. So that varies, a lot. And I've no idea what's available in other countries, but there's a great big Internet so you can at least do research.

My son has mild autism/aspergers. The main early sign with him (that we noticed) was that he couldn't put words together to form a sentence. He had a huge vocabulary and knew the alphabet at age 2, but couldn't say two related words in a row unless it was quoting. He *loved* playing things over and over, and reciting them back to me. We got him a computer game, and his favorite part was the adverts for the other games in the series, which he totally memorized. He liked lining things up, the alphabet had to be in order, and he could get fixated on simple things, like opening and closing a cabinet door. I counted once, but stopped when I got to thirty. If you tried to stop him he could get very upset.

Don't know if any of this is useful, hope so!

Jenny - posted on 08/24/2009

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Hi--my son has ADHD/ ADD and Asperger's--the only way I had figured out that he had Asperburgers is by his facial expressions--its called aphasic. It is almost similar to a person who has had a stroke. Also, my youngest nephew has Autism, and having spent time around him, I realized, my son had similar traits. However, don't give up, Remeber--you know your child better than anyone, and if you think something is wrong, continue to find him help. Even with mild Austim or Asperger's, you are the best source of information. Also, there is a wonderful book, called, "All Cats have Asperger's" and while its geared for a child to understand his/her disability, as a parent, you realize, you jsut have a very unique child

Dottie - posted on 08/23/2009

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Hi emma

with out the proper test this is very difficult to diagnose ,my son showed his first signs at the age of 2 he acted like he did not hear us most of the time, he had limited eye contact, he was talking , his play was limited to certain types of toys, sensory was an issue,noises,food , textures he covered his ears a lot, did not get diagnosed until age 7 with pervasive developmental disorder nos Known as PDD_NOS which is on the spectrum you need to further research things on your own as we know that other things mimic different disorders, but children with Autism can have many different things together such as ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, depression,seizure disorder.

the best place to get information is autismsocietyofamerica.com

blessing to you

Emma - posted on 08/22/2009

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he has a specialist for his adhd and has an apointment coming up but he just seems to get worse...and the school is a joke....they like complaining to us parents that there is a problem but wen it comes to them tellin doctors etc they say oh hes fine...i had to go via lots of channels myself just to get him diagnosed adhd...

Victoria - posted on 08/22/2009

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Emma - your local health depat. services may be able to help you.



Stacy Colson - you completely described my son to a T.

Sarita - posted on 08/22/2009

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my son haves adhd and a mild case of autism, my distict sent him to a center to get diagnose and now he is in a special school to help him, and I have to say it has done him great help.. try your school distric to see if they can help you

Emma - posted on 08/22/2009

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thanku for the comments they have really helped and stacey al lot of wot u said is my son all ova except the good behaviour...to me at the moment he seems like a bad tempered teenager but hes 6...he has started to lash out alot more he doesnt fluff but the eye contact the hearing.his speech is ok but sometimes he does seem to stutter a bit likehe concentrating so hard..

Phoebe - posted on 08/22/2009

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i have a son with autism and its not the end of the world. First i'd recomend seeing a child psyhologist and get him assessed. My son goes to the same primary school as his brothers and recieves a bit of extra help.

IESHA - posted on 08/22/2009

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Hello there, well it took quite some time before my son was diagnosed but in the mean time an in between time i was reading an researchin everything under the sun i could about autism. I found alot of things. So jus look up things on the net, google, ask doctors, peds, everyone an everywhere. The only dumb question is the one you DONT ASK. Good luck babe, an dnt forget we're always here.

Stacey - posted on 08/21/2009

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Kit, your reply made me smile, I actually had to take a minute to think 'what word can I use to describe what he does?' but it's funny that someone can identify with that.

Stacey - posted on 08/21/2009

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Go to www.puttingyourkidsfirst.com & on the right hand side there is a PDD assessment, obviously it is not a proper assessment, but it may give you an idea & it may just be helpful to look at some of the indicators and make you think about them.

Kit - posted on 08/21/2009

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Hi Stacey. My daughter loves curtains and plants too. I suppose she "fluffs" them too. I just never thought to describe it that way.

Kit - posted on 08/20/2009

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I'd go to the library and read, read, read! There are many different ways in which your child can exhibit autistic behaviors but the main three behaviors are - lack of speech/communication; repetitive behaviors; and lack of joint attention (basically means your child doesn't find it important to share interests with you, doesn't point to objects, doesn't look at objects you point to, doesn't follow your eye gaze). If your child exhibits 2 of these behaviors some will consider your child "on the autism spectrum."

Laura - posted on 08/20/2009

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HI EMMA,

FIRST THING TO DO IS BRING YOUR CHILD TO A DEVELOPMENTAL PEDIATRIC DOCTOR AND A NEUROLOGIST. YOU CAN ALSO FIND AN AUTISM WEBSITE THAT WILL ASK YOU QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU CHILD WHICH WILL HELP YOU ASSESS IF YOUR CHILD HAS CHARACTERISTICS OFAUTISM.

HOPE THIS HELPS- LAURA

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hey emma . the first thing i suggest u do is contact your local health visitor or gp and ask if there is any way you could get advice or tests to find out, it took me a while to get my son diagnosed with autism spectrum, dont lose heart or faith in the nhs system there are many clubs and many people with good advice out there, good luck

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