Ashley - posted on 12/29/2014 ( 19 moms have responded )
I have been in touch with our state early intervention program, and am supposed to hear back from them about an evaluation for my daughter. I realize autism is a spectrum disorder but she always seems to prove me wrong.
Lily is social, loves people, great eye contact, has wonderful joint communication, shows is toys and plays games with us, waves, points, and has about 40 words she uses consistently and correctly. She can communicate her needs for the most part and always looks to us for approval. Has no issues with sight, sound, or touch and even let's us clip her nails and brush her teeth with ease. We can also take her to restaurants bc she is well behaved and rarely throws tantrums.
Why are you having her evaluated you might ask?
She arm flaps when extremely excited
Hums while eating or tired
Toe walks (20% of the time)
Tilts her head back and shifts her eyes down to look at stuff at least once a day.
And her pretend play isn't great. I think that is partly my fault.
Then today happens and it makes me wonder if I'm freaking out for no reason.
The way our daycare is set up there is Nursery 1 (6 weeks to a year), Nursery 2 (1 year to 2 years but can switch at 18 months if ready), Toddler 1 (2 to 3), toddler 2 (3 to 4) and then pre-k (4 to 5)
They decided at 20 months they felt Lily was ready to try and switch. I was nervous because this is the biggest change they go through at the day care, less one on one, a second teacher but also double the children, they must eat at a table that is not a high chair... Just a regular table, feed themselves, and the biggest change.. They don't sleep in cribs... They sleep on cots. I figured Lily would have some issue somewhere but this is how our day went..
Arrive at daycare.. Lily proceeds to make eye contact, smile, and wave and say hi to everyone we see.
Drop her off in toddler room.. Smiles and waves to the other kids then proceeds to play with kids she doesn't know.
Apparently she sat at the table and fed herself with a spoon only having to be told to sit back down once.
And drum roll please... Slept for 2 hours on the cot... No issues. I mean she always sleeps great but not on something that doesn't contain her.
She never had one upset moment.
I walk through the door she waves hi, runs over, I pick her up, she waves bye and we leave.
The daycare teacher for toddler 1 said its one of the easiest transitions she has ever had. She took to everything so easily...
She is 20 months old.
I am so proud of Lily, but also more confused than ever. I am keeping my appointment with early intervention regardless but does any of this that happened today sound at all like autism?