How do u know if ur child has autism?

Dana - posted on 02/11/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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How do you tell if ur 20 month old has sighs of autism? As my son doesnt talk to people, lives in his own world from the moment his awake to the moment his asleep, he never plays with other children, get really upset if someone wants to play with him, never ever answers to his name, unless he knows his doing something naughty (which is only outside) then I have to shout his name, he spends his day lining and stacking up toy's, he use'd to be so chattty, everyone loved it, but a few months back he stopped and he doesn't even wave hello or bye bye.. he only talks to me and his 4 yr old sister

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Heather - posted on 02/18/2012

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My older son was like that at 2 yr. He started out talking and then one day just stopped. He would just play by himself and hated when others messed up his toys. He was tested and diag. as PDD (autistic family). Some of the signs are: my son never pointed at things with his index finger, he was always walking on his tiptoes, he would never make eye contact, just to name a few. Now for my youngest, turning 3 next week, he spends lots of time lining up his toys and stacking them up but I think he just likes things organized. Maybe you should have a hearing test done because if there's fluid on the eardrums that would explain why your son doesn't respond to you unless you shout his name. Maybe he just can't hear you. Well good luck to you and your son.

Kay - posted on 02/12/2012

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Can I be honest? The only way to know if your child has autism is to talk to a doctor. That is the best thing to do. Autism spectrum disorders cover a broad range of behaviors--and just because a child exhibits some of the behaviors does not necessarily mean that they are autistic. But the only person that can really answer for sure is your doctor.



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Dana - posted on 02/19/2012

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Thank you, my son does all of that apart from walking on his tiptoes, I think his hearing is fine as sometimes he can hear the smallest off things.. Over the last few days his starting to come out again, I'm still waiting on a health visitor to come and give us a visit, but his going docs on Monday as his been poorly, his little face keeps swelling everytime his had a sleep, me & his dad have checked everything - like food, wash stuff, pillow eg.. And it's still doing it, it was really bad yesterday, and then just b4 bed we found a lump in his neck.. (feels like a swollen gland)

Thank you for your help x

Dana - posted on 02/14/2012

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Thank you, I'm waiting on the health visitor to come and visit, I'm not worried or any thing, because at the end of the day his still my little boy.. just that I find his behave a little strange.. but thank you, I will be talking to some soon x

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