Proudmama - posted on 09/28/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )
my 3.5 years old son was diagnosed as meeting the criteria for autism spectrum disorder by the school early intervention services...he was a very normal baby and had no signs at all of autism at the age of two he was speech delayed and only said mama baba and dada and stopped responding constantly to his name but was very happy and affectionate..he started saying more words but no sentences by the age of 2.5 after that he did speech therapy for two months. by three he started saying few sentences but for a month now he is saying alot of words and long sentences in two languages ..we are bilingual..however most of what he says is echoing what he heard from us..he started special needs preschool two weeks ago..he knows his schoolmates names and his teachers names...in one week he stopped crying when I take him to school and seems happy to see his teacher in the morning:I made a list of things that he does ....by the way we saw alot of speech,nonverbal communication and eye contact and name responding after the diagnosis which was a month ago.
here is a list of what my son does:
points to things like school bus..truck..car...window ..airoplane
points to objects when reading a picture book and looks at me when he cannot recognize a picture for help
he says help me when he needs help with something
he brings me things that he likes to show them to me like a turtle sticker that he was given at school
he knows alot of things like fruits , animals and other objects in picture books
he knows the alphabet
he navigates the ipad and the iphone easily.
He uses words like this and that in addition to pointing and eye contact to ask for for what he wants
he waves bye and blows kisses sometimes spontanusly and sometimes when asked to do so ..he imitates my face
He understands bring me the remote..the phone..turn off the tv..turn on the tv..the computer ..and the iPad and other things that i ask him to do...he likes to play hide and seek...he likes to tickle..he does pretend play...he plays appropriately with toys...he loves his sister and likes to hold her and feed her and looks for her when she is not in the room...he recognizes faces and knows everybody by their name....he likes to shower and does have a light resistence to wearing new clothes...he understand when I am angry ...he is afraid of time out....he likes to be around us and does not like to stay alone....he can use sentences in context to request something ,like he would look at me in the eyes and say please mama give me the IPad..he can ride his bycicle...he likes to play in the playground and likes to climb and slide..he asks to go potty when he needs to ......he likes to share his interest in books with us...he shows excitement when he sees his best friend and when we have guests...he can follow simple directions..
he has a vey good memory...he smiles and laughs..
he says good bye to his teachers and does hi five
he knows the difference between upstairs and downstairs
He corrects himself when addressing someone as somebody else
He did hi five to a girl his age in school the first day he saw her
he likes to read picture books with me or sit next to me and his sister...
He looks at me when reading his favorite book to share his interest with me
He likes to play doctor pretend play and include me in his play as the patient
he likes to play pretend birthday party
he pretends to be talking on the phone with my dad or his uncles
After four days at school he follows his teachers instruction and knows to clean up and sits on his chair for circle time and for feeding
he knows how to take off his shoes and how to wear his pants..
He grabs my face and turns it toward him when he wants to show me something or tell me something..in other words he tries to get my attention
he responds to his name most of the time
he maintains good eye contact
on the other hand
he repeats words and sentences
He cannot answer questions or engage in a conversation
He touches his ears alot
He likes to watch some things again and again
he plays with the kids we know but ignores strangers children and adults
he can ask me the same question again and again sometimes for example he would say lets go see jonathan.. he is his best friend the same age..even if i explain to him that we cannot go or that we will go later..its like he does not understand my answer to his request ..he can repeat that phrase for half anhour..
sometimes its hard for him to transition easily
sometimes he would seem isolated and do not respond immeditaly when I call his name
he is very hyper most of the time and likes to be the center of attention
he shows some unexplained anxiety in some situations like when we take him to his doctor or to get a hair cut
he would keep running around in stores and restaurants and its hard to get him to sit still..
he is a very picky eater and would only eat milk and cereal and drink orange juice all the time
he is constipated most of the time and deos not like to drink water..also he has circles under his eyes and looks pale
his hearing was tested when he was 2 years and three months and he passed ..he had a very bad cold before he turned three and we are suspecting that he has fluids in his ears because he put his finger inside his ear alot ..and thinking about getting his hearing tested again.
thank you so much for your help ..his symptoms are very confusing and we still have at least two months to get a second opinion
the school people said that he has mild autism