Sign of Autism or not?

Jenny - posted on 09/11/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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I am worried that my child has autism. He is 19 months old and he doesn't even have one word. He used to have 5 words at 12 months old but then he stopped saying them. He does not even say mama or dada. I am very worried. He had a speech eval today and the pathologist mentioned autism. She said three things worried her. 1) he had 5 words that he lost 2) he has no speech and even though he follows basic directions he seems to not understand what we say, and 3) he has short intense tantrums. He does not tantrum much but when he does he will throw himself back and sometimes hit his head in the process. But, they only last about 2 minutes. I caught him banging his head yesterday, but that was the only time and he was easily distracted. Also, I caught him lining up his toy cars yesterday. But, that was the only time. Now, on the other hand, he has great eye contact, great play skills, no rocking or flapping, and response to his name and to no. He is very persistent and although he responds to the word no he will immediately go back and do it. He loves being around people, gives hugs and kisses, loves to cuddle and seems to notice noises while not being overly sensitive to noise. Sometimes he does not respond to his name if he is determined to do something. Say he is running in the parking lot, I have to say his name about 5 times before he turns around and comes back. But, if we are at home and i say Jacob he will drop everything to come see what I need. If I say its time to brush your teeth he goes to the bathroom. If I say its time for goodnight then he goes to hims room. He brings me things that interest him and points and grunts to things that he likes. But, he rarely pulls me over to something that he wants. I think he did that only 2 times. He does grunt a lot and he babbles in sentences sometimes, but usually he mumbles with his mouth shut. Today the speech pathologist said that she did not hear any syllables expect for the m. I am so worried. She said that everything else does not point to autism but those 3 things I need to keep an eye at because the spectrum is so broad that sometimes a speech delay is the only sign. Also, he pays attention to what people are doing. Say that I am fixing my hair he will study me while doing so. He is very smart. I took him to the store and he saw a scarf and he took it and wrapped it around his neck. He loves spongebob because his older brother watches it, and he runs to the tv everytime it is on. He has a spongebob toy and he plays with it a lot. He pretend plays all the time. He moves a car, he throws a ball and kicks it too, and he plays with a toy stroller. I am worried. Anyone go through any of this? Please help

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