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By Anonymous September 21, 2011 - 9:02am
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my son just turned one year old. i have recently been told he needs to be evaluated for possible disablities. of course ive researched and the majority of his signs show autism. He is very high tempered..you have to walk on eggshells wondering what will set him off next, repetitive hand movements(right hand, constant waving and balling of right fist rubbing on side of his face), what appeared to be hearing problems but hearing tests show he has should be hearing fine. In a room full of people or kids, he plays alone, he has "zoned out" since birth...he zones for about 15-30 secs and its impossible to get his attention.What most concerns me is that he shows no intrest in games(peek a boo, patty cake ect) and he only says mama or dada nothing else. he points and hum's at everything. doesnt attempt acual words no matter how hard we work with him. Sooo my question: Do any of these things point to anything besides autism? does it sound as though autism is where we are heading? As a parent how to i help, what is in the future for him and I??

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Hi Anon

Thank you for your post!

The first thing you need to do is make an appointment with your son's pediatrician and take everything day by day, before going so far into the future (although you should know that there is a lot of help and support for Autism). Your child has not even been diagnosed yet and I know it's worrying but try not to stress too much.

Your son is already saying Mama, Dada and pointing - this are good signs and ones that point away from Autism. Babies and toddlers of his age do not play with other children. They prefer solo play so that is also very normal.

Does he make eye contact with you?

Autism speaks offers some "red flags" for parents who may think their child is showing signs of Autism. They are:

•No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
•No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by nine months or thereafter
•No babbling by 12 months
•No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving by 12 months
•No words by 16 months
•No two-word meaningful phrases (without imitating or repeating) by 24 months
•Any loss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age

You can read more here: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-signs

Bear in mind that perfectly normal children may have delayed speech or early temper tantrums.

I do believe that the instinct of parents is very important. Has he had his One Year check up yet? If not, make sure you bring your concerns up and if you have already had it, make another appointment and you and his pediatrician can take it from there.

Good luck to you all!

September 21, 2011 - 10:28am
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