Does your baby/child have Autism?

Cheyenne - posted on 08/10/2011 ( 177 moms have responded )

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My son is 18 months old and some of us are beginning to think he has autsim. i just wanted to know if any moms out there know how i would know or look for signs.

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Cassandra - posted on 08/22/2011

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The statement that you cannot diagnose untl 4 or 5 is completly wrong,. My frends daughter was diagnosed before her 2nd birthday, it is unusual to be diagnosed before then however

Jean - posted on 08/22/2011

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The thing with Autism Spectrum is that it is such a broad spectrum. The signs are not always loud and clear such as continous flapping of arms or non-verbal. Since my son was about 6months, I have always thought he was different to other babies. Lack of smiling, eye contact, irritable, not good at sleeping or eating. HOwever, he reach pretty much all milestones on time or even early. As he got older, his social skills was more and more evidently behind his peers but they weren't so bad that we can't take him out. I just kept an eye out. I decided that I wasn't going to investigate until he is at least 2yrs. By the time he hit 2yrs, he was lining up cars obsessively (that's all he would do all day). We took him to the doctors and eventually he was diagnoised with PDD (pervasive developmental disorder). All in all, it's so mild that he functions quite fine in normal day to day life. But being aware of it early means that we now have early intevention. Such a key! He doesn't line up cars anymore!! And is improving on his social skills. It' s good that you are not afraid to investigate. Just keep an eye out and ask the docs perhaps when he is a little older.Whether he is autistic or not, it can only get better from there.

Jenny - posted on 08/22/2011

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Vaccinations have been proven to have no connection to autism. Your pediatrician is your best resource in this case. Only they can give you a diagnosis. The internet is a good resource, but nothing can replace your child's pediatrician for information about your son's health!

Audra - posted on 08/22/2011

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My grandson has pdd/nos-pervasive developmental delays/not one specific in othe words they are'nt sure.The Dr.'s tell me he hs mild retardation,characteristics of autisim. My grandson will make eye contact and speaks but with speach problems I was told that autisim has a broad spectrum, it can be a mild case and it could be a severe case. I noticed something was wong after he was in a car wreck,he screamed for 45 minutes non stop at the hospital but they said he was okay. It can be a long process of Dr visits and therapist visits before you find out anything. I would go online and read everything I could about childrens developmental progress,autism,it really helped me. He was 3 when they finally said pdd/nos. He is 9 now and still has speech therapy 4 times a week and occupational therapy 2x a week. He has came a long way but will always need someone with him 24/7. He's my loving little boy. I have custody of him and his 5 yr old sister. Like some of the other post have said,get him evaluated early that way you can get the help he needs early on. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Heather - posted on 08/22/2011

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Each child is so different and the spectrum is so wide that it can look different in every child. If your gut is telling you something isn't quite right then pursue it. The biggest gift you can give your child is early intervention. Start with the pediatrician, but don't let it stop there if they tell you not to worry and your warning bells are still going off. You can contact early on or go for a private evaluation. If you go private start with a speech therapist and occupational therapist. My biggest piece of advice is don't wait. Jump on it now, it can make a world of difference. Hang in there!

Patricia - posted on 08/22/2011

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Autism is not something you should guess at. I strongly suggest you talk to your pediatrician about your concerns. He should guide you to the right resources if needed. Oftentimes what seems like a problem really isn't. Please talk with your pediatrician. He is your best source.

Jillian - posted on 08/22/2011

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Who ever says Vaccinations has anything to do with Autism is out of their mind. If it did then every child in the world would be Autistic. My son has Mild to Moderate Autism. He is in a special ed class and has speech twice a week. He is doing wonderful. I had him evaluated at 3 years old. The signs for me were no eye contact, speech was not developing at the normal rate, I would call his name and he wouldn't respond, very sensitive to high pitch or loud sounds, didn't interact with people or kids, loved being and playing by himself, everything had to be in order and lined up, has to have (and still does) a rountine. The list goes on and on. I would get your son check out right away. DO NOT HESITATE!!! And there are support groups and classes that can help mom and dad's with learning about taking care of their Autistic Child. Best wishes :)

Deborah - posted on 08/22/2011

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Oh, and right off the bat I wouldn't read too much because it can overwhelm you and depress you. If you're noticing behaviors that are different just write them down and discuss them with your doctor. There is a lot of scary stuff written out there. Just take it in little bits, so you don't spiral into depression. Early Intervention is very helpful. Just be the advocate your son needs, but don't let this overwhelm your spirit.

Deborah - posted on 08/22/2011

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We are also in the process of diagnosis for our son (22mos).
Depending on where you live and your INS it can vary. We live in Ca., and our city has a tax-funded agency that also assists with the process. Our first step was to bring it to the attention of our Pediatrician, so she could give us a recommendation to the specialists we need to see. Don't let a doctor talk you out of getting evaluations done and waiting till he's older. It's better to be safe than sorry, I say. We have a gazillion appts set-up from everything from urine samples, EEGs and Evaluations for speech & development. It's going to take us 5 months before everything will be complete, but I will be glad when we finally get the diagnosis part done and we can start our son in appropriate therapies.
The process can be discouraging, but don't give up. Ask the doctor or try to look-up if there is a Center/Organization/Agency outside of the hospital that can provide you with assistance. Autism Speaks is a nationwide organization that might have resources to help you too.
Good Luck!
(and try not to stress too much. His neurodiversity may make him different, but it's not the end.)

Joy - posted on 08/22/2011

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Cheyenne if you feel that may be the case with your son, than by all means talk to his doctor about it, do your research online about autism, and getting him tested if you feel very strong about the symptoms he may be having now will not hurt the early you know the more you can work with him on his needs. my son was displaying symptoms like sitting there not answering to his name, flapping his hands (among other things) all of this started after he received his MMR shots.

Sharon - posted on 08/22/2011

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I'm no specialist but, look it up on the pc, it will give you the anwers your looking for God Bless

Mary - posted on 08/22/2011

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if you in flint or genesee couny michigan call mott chlid center or you can go to autiam support group www,genesee aurism.org my be they can help you to find what you need

Bobbi - posted on 08/22/2011

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sorry Pamela, it depends on where you live. my son was diagnosed by a Educational Psychiatrist and a paediatrician, as well as 2 other professionals all at the same time, at a one-day appointment.. I would suggest speaking to your family doctor first to find out the correct way in your area....

Dana - posted on 08/22/2011

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Some of the important things to look out for are poor eye contact, nit responding to his name, poor speech development, poor social referencing, repetitive behaviours, unusual habits, there are lots of websites with info on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) they will be very valuable, or chat to a child psychiatrist / neurodevelopmental paediatrician -

Pamela - posted on 08/22/2011

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A doctor is not qualified to diagnose autism.It must be a therapist or psychiatric doctor.Autism is primarily a neuro problem

Renee - posted on 08/22/2011

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he first thing you should do is get your child to a pediatrician that is familiar with the Autism spectrum. There are classic symptom such as lining up toys and gets very upset if you remove the toys. here is a link to some more information that you might find helpful. http://www.americanautismsociety.org/201... if you click on the link you can find more information about symptoms.

Bobbi - posted on 08/22/2011

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for information...
"The Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT) is a screening instrument which identifies children aged 18 months who are at risk of having social-communication disorders. This article outlines the process and provides a set of CHAT questions for you to use. "

http://www.autism.org.uk/Working-with/He...

Dawn - posted on 08/22/2011

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My little boy of 30 months has just recently been diagnosed with autism it has taken me nearly a year to get here i orignally thought it was his hearing but it clearly wasn't people tell me that he is still young to be diagnosed however they do say that they can start to show signs of it from approx 18-24 months the spectrum is huge and i would suggest that you speak to a health professional before jumping to any conclusions, i would suggest you take note of some of the things that you are concerened about as i was asked and off the top of my head i could only rhyme a few off. Don't worry too much you little boy is who he is and what ever the outcome you will love him just the same. If you want to read anything i would go to the the national autistic society website for some information. http://www.autism.org.uk/

Nicola - posted on 08/22/2011

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Some of the signs are! walking on tip toes, putting toys in a speific order, not looking where they are going, un responsive, little or no eye contact. Holding things close to their eyes. Hope this helps, and hope things work out for you. x

Pamela - posted on 08/22/2011

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I would STRONGLY suggest you go to the ASA site.American Autism Ass. will give you extensive information on what to look for.I am raising my now 11 year old grandson with autism and have been with him since all his life and have had custody of him since he was 2 or 3 years old.

Julie - posted on 08/22/2011

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I an accurate diagnosis can't really be made until 4 or 5. If you are concerned about speech then get a speech evaluation through your local early intervention program. The signs of autism can also be typical for a 18 month to 2 year old. My son didn't really begin talking until he was 18 months old and now he won't stop.

Arlene - posted on 08/22/2011

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Hi Cheyenne, My name is Arlene, Me and hubby have 2 girls w. autism One very light one pretty severe...Signs usually are not pointing no words frustration lots of tantrms, But both my girls had words and no fits at all in fact they were REALLY well behaved...When Megan our youngest was 3 she began to have terrible fits but before than she had pretty much no "signs" We have 3 older boys and honestly we just thought girls were just WAYYYY different. Honey trust your instinkts and get him in to be evaluated as soon as possible. early intervention can work miricals! O and lack of eye contact ....is a sign Most of the signs we saw were little things that made me think hmmm thats a little odd. Like Megan had what looked like an amazing attention span. Early intervention cannot hurt pay attention to what catches your attention and get help until u are satisfied.

Stacey - posted on 08/22/2011

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yes my son has he comes out red on his face ect all I done was phone my health vistor and she gave me some cream x

Karen - posted on 08/22/2011

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rocking, staring into space, little/no interaction w/others, temper outbursts that r unappropriate

Dawn - posted on 08/22/2011

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Bernadette, your son sounds somewhat like mine. He is also very into computers and technology, and fortunately goes to a charter school that allows him to use his strengths. He's in charge of the tech team and that helps his self esteem enormously. We definitely have challenges, but I think he's moving in the right direction.

Bobbi - posted on 08/22/2011

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Bernadette, your post is brilliant... thank you for that, I just had to say that...

Bernadette - posted on 08/22/2011

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My son was diagnosed with "suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder" at the age of 2.5yrs, he was monitored over a 12mth period whilst attending speech therapy & a SEDU, 12mths later he was diagnosed officially with ASD. The "tell tale signs" for me was that my son could never follow a simple instruction, even something as simple as "go and get your teddy from your room" he would get a few metres away from me and collapse in a screaming fit on the floor, banging his head and crying, at the time I didn't know why. He would never call out to me either, at the time many of my friends were complaining that all they hear is "mummy, mummy mummy... mummy this, mummy that.." I dreamed of the day I would hear my son say that. Other signs for me were that he would not cope in an unfamiliar environment, didn't cope at ALL with change in routine, he thrived on structure (although most children do, this was magnified significantly compared with other children); he had many obsessions in particular spinning objects or anything that was round that he could make spin; lining objects up ritualisticly. Social occassions were always difficult as well as fine and gross motor as well as him being hypersensitive in all 5 senses. Basically I knew there was something not quite right with my son, I used my "gut" instinct and had him assessed, and despite having the diagnosis (which is a shock even when you are expecting it) it helped us start the help that he needed and the coping strategies and skills I have learnt over the years have helped our family enormously, my son still struggles at school and in different areas of his social life, but managing his difficulties and teaching him to cope in the world we all live in is what is important; always believing in them and having faith and of course endless love, you will also find they will have a special talent that they will exceed in, my son found it in computers & technology. You are doing the right thing now by keeping an open mind and asking for help, it's the best thing you can do for your child. I wish you all the very best for you and your family and I hope you get the help you are looking for. Always trust your gut instinct!

Dawn - posted on 08/22/2011

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My son is on the autism spectrum, but it took a long while to get him diagnosed. Eventually the school psychologist was the one to recognize the signs, and we then took him to a good children's hospital for the official diagnosis. He was 7 at the time, so we got a later start than I would have liked. At 18 months he got angry and frustrated easily, and was behind in his social development. If you have concerns I would look into it.

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I would talk to your pediatrician about your concerns. What symptoms are you seeing? If you are very concerned about your child's social and emotional development you may even ask for a referral for early intervention. You child would then be assessed by an early intervention specialist and an action plan will be put in place. 18 months is kind of young for an Autism diagnosis, but I guess it is not impossible. I wish you the best.

Jeanie - posted on 08/22/2011

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I AM A MOM BUT NOT OF AUTSIM BUT THE CHILDREN ARE WITHDRAWN AND DO NOT RESPOND TO DIRECT QUESTIONS. GET HIM TESTED THERE ARE SO MUCH MORE FOR THESE SPECIAL CHILDREN AND HE IS SPECIAL FOR GOD IS IN CONTROL

Jo - posted on 08/22/2011

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I am reading responses on here from lots of people...people saying doctors will just look at them and know...well I can tell you that is wrong, I work with autistic children, and I can assure you, as teaching staff and support staff we spot things that doctors just cant see in a 10 minute appointment, my colleagues and I diagnosed tourettes in one of our children a year before the doctors, we re-assigned a diagnosis of aspergers in one of our children to PDA (pathalogical demand avoidance) 18 months before the professionals. Dont get me wrong, the doctors do their best, but it is not possible to just diagnose on a whim...it isnt going to be a fast process and you will have to fight, but as a parent you are the best person to judge.

As for people saying it is too early to tell....at my school we work with children from 4-19, and some of the younger children have had a diagnosis for a long time before they have come to us, as we currently have a 2 year waiting list.

My advice is do what you believe is right for you...do you think it will change your life if you have a diagnosis? Will it change the way you feel for your child if he has a diagnosis? Only go down the diagnosis route if it is what you want, dont feel forced into it...there are some people in this world that are just too quick to label a problem, and it doesnt always help the child, because some children just use their diagnosis as an excuse to mis-behave.

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okay well, there's a lot of information here that you don't need or that is really unhelpful. first, take a deep breath and remember that your child is precious and wonderful and going to be just fine whether or not he has autisim or any complications along the spectrum (which there are many). There are also several sensory disorders or language processing or developmental delays that are more likely. The important thing to remember is that it doesn't really matter - he's your sweet boy and the important thing is to figure out how to get the answers and resources you need to take the best possible care of him. Now, 18 months may be a little early. Some kids have language delays and a combination of sensory overload probs and that makes them very frustrated which could be the screaming. you need to talk to your pediatrician and you need one that you really trust. he/she can help you find the right resources and additional health professionals to get you all the answers you need. Finally, (as a health care and psychological professional) and researcher of autism and it's spectrum, there is no possible connection between vaccines and the disorder itself. If you are receiving vaccines with mercury in them then you shouldn't be. I don't actually do all vaccinations (just 2 of them) but it has nothing to do with the ridiculous allegations. My kids see a naturopath and chiropractor and they eat an incredibly healthy diet and get lots of stimulation and exercise. Every kid is different BUT they all have very delicate and sensitive systems. Keep watching your little one and keep supporting him. He may need you to figure out what's going on for him because he can't express it. I had a friend whose kid was a WRECK from about age 15 months to age 5. She had NO idea what to do for him..... I finally noticed one day that in his RAGES, he would scratch a lot and his fits (absolutely crazy fits) would be very situational. As it turns out it is a hypersensitivity syndrome - he can't handle certain lights, he can only handle 2 different detergents and only liquid fabric softener, my friend has to remove EVERY single tag from his clothes, bedding, toys (EVERYTHING) and he needs at least an hour by himself reading or playing a 1-player game before going to sleep, he has to have certain toothpaste, no brushes or combs in his hair, and has so many food and environmental allergies. it was SUCH a relief to figure it all out and my friend felt terrible about not trying harder. She got him in to see my kid's naturopath and chiropractor, she got him on our diet, and at age 8 now, everything is managed and he is a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CHILD... so much happier and doesn't have many crazy outbursts (though he still can't sleepover at anyone's house or anything like that). there are many possibilities!

April - posted on 08/21/2011

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First speak with your own pediatrition but you should definitely see a Developmental Pediatrition. They can tell you if your child needs further evaluation. My son did this as well as the early intervention program with the state and he is now in a special needs pre-school. These programs can help, but you have to be diligent and manage all of the paperwork involved. It is so worth it! If you want to read about my struggles, suggestions, etc and other moms who have special needs children, our blogs are on www.TodaysMama.com. Good Luck!

Heather - posted on 08/21/2011

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Early intervention is key. My son is 2 1/2 on the spectrum and we have had a year of fighting to get him services. First it was a fight to have him evaluated, then I have fought to get him speech, ot, pt, special Ed and he goes to school three times a week. In sept he will start a program that is 9 to 3 mon through fri. If you suspect any delay have him evaluated, the best case would be he is not on the spectrum. Contact dr immediately there is a small window to try to get these kids everything that will help them grow.

Caithlin - posted on 08/21/2011

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When u go for ur regular check up ur dr should be looking for signs of autism and other developmental concerns. That's why they ask all those questions. I use to watch a 7 yr old who was autistic and his many issue was load noises although he had a few other symptoms but I believe their are also different levels of autism as well. But like everyone else has said u should definetly call ur dr and get him checked. I haven't actually read any of the studies on autism and vaccinations but my mother was worried about it with my daughter and if I remember correctly I believe I asked my dr about it and she said it was rare but u should definetly check with ur ped dr

Danielle - posted on 08/21/2011

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I have worked with children for over 20 years and there are many things that "look" like Autism. If you want answers, PLEASE contact the Early Intervention Progam in your area. Google Early Intervention and/or ask your Dr. for their phone #. They will come to your home and just play with your child. The play that they introduce is designed to assess where you child is developmentally. They will meet with you later and discuss what issues (if any) that they find. and then come up with a plan for you and your child that will address any issues that they may see. This service is FREE and with any Developmental issue the EARLIER it is assessed and addressed the more success your child will have! I encourage you to do this as soon as possible for that reason and because EI is WAY better than the public school system (that is who your child would be assessed by and recieve therapy from after the age of 2 years 9 months to 3 years old, it's not that it is bad, it's just that there are so many other children that they deal with it is much less personal and takes place outside the home, where EI usually takes place in your home) Be an advocate for your child :) Good luck and I hope you find that you are worrying for no reason and your son is fine :)

Bobbi - posted on 08/21/2011

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Apologies and with all due respect, Mary Latini, It HAS been proven that a child Is born with Autism.. Please go to the website www.autism.org.uk or www.autism-society.org... Autism has Always been around, always, we just called it something different before now... I am soooo tired of this "campaign" that all vaccines are bad and cause autism, because they do not and it has been proven time and time again, (outside the US as well as in the US-)yet because we do not have a definitive exact reason for autism ( when in fact it is most likely a combination of genetics and environmental factors) this false claim to the cause of autism persists... why does it anger me so? because along with the ideology that vaccines caused autism, comes the cry for a "cure" and that All children and adults with autism ( yes there are actually A lot of adults on the spectrum too) are "ill" or "sick"and as my son will tell you himself, in his own way, he does not need or want a cure. He accepts himself for who he is, exactly who he is and all that he is, autism, ADHD, PTSD and OCD.... Again, apologies and I mean no offense, I just Strongly disagree with your point and had to say something because there are quite a few of us that do not believe that the vaccine we gave or didn't give our children caused their autism.. we may not shout as loudly as some other, but we are here..and our experiences count also.

Bobbi - posted on 08/21/2011

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Hi, not only is my son on the autistic spectrum, but I work with small children on the Spectrum. apologies, but it is Not too young to diagnose Autism and like others have said, you know your child, if something doesn't "seem right" then I HIGHLY suggest that you go to your GP/Doctor and ask for a referral to an Educational Psychologist/psychiatrist. Please do not just randomly google "autism".. there are many reputable websites that can answer your questions correctly.. try www.autism.org.uk for one or http://www.autism-society.org/

Mary - posted on 08/21/2011

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Don't fool around with a diagnosis, have him officially evaluated regardless. Denial will not help him. A diagnosis and the right intervention will. By the way where is it proven that autism is something a child is born with? What are you talking about????? Autism is a spectrum disorder and manifests in countless ways. Also Dee, you are discounting some studies that have shown links between brain damage and vaccines that the FDA does not allow to be published for obvious legal reasons.

Dee - posted on 08/20/2011

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Take him to the doctor. But if it was not you that noticed the signs until someone else had mentioned it, now you will read to much into it and think well that could be a sign, and it will just drive you nuts. Vaccines do not cause autism, plain and simple. Autism is something a child is born with it and was proven it developes during pregnancy.

Amy - posted on 08/18/2011

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Oh also I wanted to tell you to check and see if there is an Infants and Toddler Program where you are. They helped me get my diagnosis when my doctor was dragging his feet!

Amy - posted on 08/18/2011

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Does he hate change, meaning he doesnt want to leave the house. Does he have any words. Does he continuously line up anything, like blocks. Does he only eat cetain foods, a texture problem. Is he fascinated with things that revolve, ceiling fan for example. Doesn't like close contact, for example doesn't like nursing. These are few things my son did. Hope it helps

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