Screaming 19 month old

Lisell - posted on 04/17/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi, my son's 19 months old and only says Mom and dada. He screams most of the day while playing, eating or watching TV. It's not a crying scream but a loud pitch scream. I'm worried he maybe autistic. Can anyone share similar stories or give me some advice?

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Lisell - posted on 04/17/2014

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I appreciate the input. He hugs, loves cuddling, does make eye contact and responds to his name. Just the screaming. I think I'm a bit overwhelmed which in turn is causing me to overreact. I took him to his pediatrician and she said he just loves the sound of his voice. On the other hand my sister son is younger and speaks clearer than my son does. I get questions like, is he okay etc.

Mrs - posted on 04/17/2014

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hi

did you have you son checked out by a professional or something? i dont have any experience in that but you should have him checked out first before taking any advice.....

maybe he is just a slow beginner and maybe theres nothing to worry about.

take care

Natalie - posted on 04/17/2014

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I feel obligated to say - anytime you are worried about your child's development you should have him evaluated...now that that's out of the way

Toddlers LOVE to scream - they are completely self-centered (not a bad thing at this age) and they like to, quite literally, hear the sound of their own voice.

Plus the reaction he gets from the adults is rewarding on its own bc whether you tell him to stop or scream with him or any reaction in between you are still giving him what he wants - the reaction! Toddlers completely innocently love reactions bc it shows them that they have the power to make stuff happen and when you are that little and don't have much control over anything in your little life - getting a reaction is a HUGE accomplishment. "Hey when I do this mom does that"

And they're little scientists - that's how they learn about the world..."If I do this again will she do that again? How about this time? this time? etc"

And last but not least, kids this age are basically pint-size balls of energy and screaming is a good way to release all that energy. You want him to stop screaming? Ignore it when it happens and get that boy outside where he can release all that energy in a good way. (Makes him sleepy and saves your eardrums ;P

As far as the autism thing, is it only the screaming that concerns you? Does he like to cuddle? Does he respond in some way when you call his name? If you smile at him will he usually smile back? Does he make eye contact with you? If you point to something to show him (animal at the zoo for example) can he follow your gaze?

If it is just the screaming I wouldn't worry about it. Autustic children usually scream in response to too much stimuli, it's a distressed scream due to over stimulation of sorts - is THAT what his screams sound like to you or does it sound more like the ones I discussed above?

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