Hello any help would be great

Tracy - posted on 03/09/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is three as of this month and is developmently delay,and was just told he has autism. I can see it but not.Please note my understanding of autism is little. I started a journal when it was first brought to our attention. Their acouple things that would suggest it like not anwsering to his name all the time, or sometimes not doing eye contact (please note he does it most time) enjoy playing with himself( but loves interacting with anyone who wants to play with him, he also is only child.) and lining up his toys sometimes, and of course the speech delay. He likes to hum to himself alot too. but after working with him after a weekend he went from 50 words to over 150 word and making some small sentences. he loves to cuddle and hugs and smiles all the time,he also on this kick to say no to everything. so could it be he just needs alittle more attention or could he be a mild case of autism? Im thinking of getting another opinion or is this just me being hopeful? I guess I just dont understand autism to much and was hoping someone could explain it to me please. Thank you

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Stephanie - posted on 03/11/2009

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Hi Tracey,



I don't think I can be much help but I do know that Autism isn't just autism. What I mean to say is autism describes a large spectrum from mild to severe.  After reading your posting it has me wondering about my own son.  He'll be 3 in May and last year when he turned 2 I had him tested.  He displays all the characteristics that you describe except for the humming.  They said "Developmentally Delayed" and that was all they could say about why he is the way he is but, they would not yet rule out autism.  Since then we have been participating in a mom-tot program through our schools that addresses the needs of my son.  Its been wonderful and although his progress may still be considered slow compared to most children, its been a God send at my home.  Temper tantrums are now only once/day instead every hour and communicative interaction has improved dramatically.  So my point is from everything you've described about your son, it seems my son is parallel and he is not diagnosed (yet) as autistic.  It cannot hurt to have him tested again and get a second opnion.



Stephanie

Alicia - posted on 03/10/2009

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I know there are many levels of autism but not much else. There were many suspicions that my daughter had autism, many that you named (lining up toys, speach delay). It turned out she just wasn't ready to talk yet and has needed some speach therapy. If I were you I would get as many opinions as I could. It may be autism but it could be as simple as a small hearing imparement. I never believed she had autism and wouldn't let anyone tell me any different. I think they are jumping too quickly into saying "autism" in most kids lately. My daughter is now almost 5 1/2 and doing very well with her therapy and enjoying pre-K with all the other kids.



 



I hope this helps you.



Alicia

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