Michelle - posted on 01/01/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )
First, let me start off by saying that I worry a LOT, too much. I am a first time Mom and my son is almost 17 months old and still isn't pointing with his index finger. I have researched and read that it is a sign of either autism or speech delay and I am hoping anyone else might have similar stories. He hasn't had any other signs of autism, in my opinion, except not saying any words yet (besides mama and dada) and pointing with his index finger. Here is what he DOES do: he babbles ALL of the time, smiles all of the time, responds when I call his name, reaches with this whole hand when he wants something, will even bring me a toy, remote, or phone when he wants me to do something with it. He will come get me and bring me somewhere to play. He has great eye contact and great socially with other kids, loves being around and playing already. He doesn't like being alone and will follow me if I leave the room and stop whatever he is doing. If I tell him to go find his Dad or our pet, he will. I think he has joint attention because he does look at me when he is playing all of the time to make sure I am watching. He will push his toys (cars/balls) and play back and forth. At his 15 month check up, the Ped wasn't concerned about his talking because she said he was on track and ahead in other areas but didn't mention pointing. He gives kisses and is very cuddly and affectionate. He loves peek-a-boo and will hide and pop out as much as he loves us doing it. He does wave but only sometimes and this started about a month ago. I know some of these are good signs but every time I research late pointers, autism seems to come up on the internet. He primarily uses his thumb to doing things. Hoping to hear other similar stories if there are any out there. Please, any feedback, is appreciated.....I would love to stop worrying so much.