Veronica - posted on 05/19/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )
My son Landon is 29 months old, he's had medical problems since he was first born. Chronic ear infections, Acid reflux, had 2 surgeries already and more.... Landon hit all of his milestones early when he was young and seemed like he was on track for everything, then around his second birthday I noticed that he wasn't talking as much as he once did. I spoke to his pediatrician and he suggested we wait a little while to just see if it was a phase he was going through. A few months later I noticed he was talking even less than before. I started getting really concerned because he was saying 100+ words and now is down to 15 max he uses regularly. In addition to losing some vocab Landon has some exceptional behavior. He is either a perfect angel, or he makes us want to pull all of our hair out crying non stop hitting throwing things etc. Some of his behaviors that are pointing us towards autism are that he is very specific about his toys. He lines things up in patterns or by size. Everything has a specific spot. he is VERY picky about what he will and will not eat. Actual food consisting of maybe 4 things. We find him pacing in our living room where he seems to get stuck and can't control bouncing back and forth. He seems to be unable to hear but has had his hearing tested and passed. He just doesn't respond to his name! He does not have problems bonding with people but has no intrest in playing with other children at all. There are some other things too but not going to go into every detail.
I have never known anyone with autism and don't know a whole lot about it, and since we are still at the start of our path to figure out what is going on I was hoping someone might be able to tell me if it sounds like these things point us in a different direction. Or if it does sound like autism what does that mean? Will he be able to participate in activities in school? Will he be able to do well in school?
I'm at a loss for words, any information would be much appreciated and helpful!!