Tammy - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 54 moms have responded )
My son was born at 32 weeks and is now 16 months old and he can't say any words or walk yet but he can stand on his own and last week my mom said he took 3 steps on his own but not any more yet. My neighbor saw him yesterday while I was outside and asked me if i have had him checked for autism since he is "slow". This kinda offended me but i didn't say anything but i looked up autism on the internet and the things that worry me now is that he does not point to things he wants, he actually don't point at all, he will respond to his name being called but after like you call him 5 times in a row then he will make eye contact, but he likes to watch a lot of tv and he gets distracted by the tv when i call him i think. The last thing that bothers me a lot is the fact that he flaps his arms up and down mostly when he gets excited an i read that this is a sign of autism. If he is laying on the bed he will move his legs up and down with his arms flapping as well. If any of u moms know anything on this subject and can give me some reassurance that my son is just fine, then please do so. This has been bothering me since my neighbor mentioned it to me and I didn't get much sleep last night because of it. I have gone through so much with my child already being premature and i don't know if i can handle anything else. I realize my son will have delays and i understand that but i just want him to be like other kids in the end.