Danielle - posted on 08/04/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )
Some background.. My 5 year old is Autistic. He falls somewhere on the cusp of Moderate/Severe on the spectrum. When he was 4 years old we got pregnant with his brother.
We know the signs, and symptoms, therapies, ect.
The reason I am writing this is because I am starting to get concerned for my baby. He is just under a year, and has started to develop a habit (a stim, if you will). Over the last couple months he has started to shake his head violently. His eyes will roll up in his head, and he will tilt his head up and start to shake.
Already having an Autistic child, I know enough that this is alarming behaviour and somewhat of a red flag.
It is very alarming for me to watch. He does it at least a couple times a day, and it is infrequent when he does it.
I am hoping I can get some reassurance from other mothers with Autistic children who've gone on to having a Neurotypical child. I love my older son very much, but Autism is not something I would have hoped for my children.
Obviously, we knew the risk of having another child, and the Autism rate in sibling. If he is Autistic, we will love him all the same, and do our best for him like we are his older brother.
I just can't help but feel panicked and heartbroken over the thought of both my children struggling.
Does anyone recognize this behaviour? Is this just a faze?
I don't have any other experiences other than my oldest son, who is also Autistic, so I have no jumping point to whats "normal" baby behaviour.
Thanks for reading.