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What are the signs & how early can you tell?

I know there are several websites that I have read and all have some signs of autism, but I would like personal experiences/observations as how you noticed the beginnings of autism in your child.

My DD is almost 2 & lately I have noticed that she spins around in circles. She starts laughing when she stops & sometimes I just call her name so that she stops & she does & looks at me & does it again. I try to keep her mind distracted by showing her a book/toy so she won't do it again.

Should I be worried that she has autism? What else is there that I should be looking for?

Like I said I know there are websites, but I want personal observations. Thanks.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:06 PM on Jun. 10, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • She's a typical 2 year old.

    My neurotypical 2 year old spins and laughs when he stops. It's like a cheap "high"....spin yourself and then stop. Remember the funny feeling? She can be distracted, so that's one point towards typical.

    My ASD son can spin forever and not get dizzy. He has SPD, too.

    Is she speaking? Does she make eye contact? Does she maintain contact? Does she initiate conversations? Does she follow conversations? Does she have any sensory problems? (touch, taste, sound, sight, hearing?)
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 2:10 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • She doesn't talk yet, but for ex if I tell her to go get her shoes or "Where's your shoes?" She stops looks like thinking "ok where did I leave them" & then runs & says SHHHH as she goes gets them.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:14 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • I don't know a lot about autism but the best answers would be from the autism websites, so you were looking in the right place!! If yo are really concerned I wold talk to your doctor!! Good luck honey!!!

    SD777

    Answer by SD777 at 2:16 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • My granddaughter who is almost two does the same thing... I have been very worried about her because it takes several times of calling her name before she makes eye contact.
    sassy43082

    Answer by sassy43082 at 2:41 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • Keep in mind it can be really different in girls in ways. I was just considered "terminally weird" my entire life. This helped me clinch that it really was autism instead -- http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=4177353&page=1  That and the stuff I have in common (not had as a child, but still HAVE) with the autistic children (both boys between 8-10) of two friends.  No child should have to live like that, without knowing why.  I don't want every slightly different kid labeled, no, but I also don't want ANYONE to have to live within the hell I did my entire life. 

    roachiesmom

    Answer by roachiesmom at 2:43 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • Stupid word limit! (con't) Anyway, if the feeling something is "off" with your daughter persists, don't just look into autism, look specifically at autism in girls. She could just be really high on the spectrum. But the difference KNOWING could make in helping her cope and relate to those around her is priceless. This I am sure of completely.
    roachiesmom

    Answer by roachiesmom at 2:44 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • sounds normal to me. Spinning is fun!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:51 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • Autism is a spectrum disorder, no 2 autistic children are alike. Many share common characteristics, but its so overly diagnosed because many typical children have some autistic tendencies, and man autistic children don't fit the "text book" diagnosis. The spinning your daughter does doesn't concern me too much, however the not talking could be a sign of a language disorder. Yes, some children are late bloomers, but if she's still not able to say "momma" or "dadda" I'd be taking her in for an evaluation. Also many autistic children have sensory issues, thats a huge sign whether your high on the spectrum or low on the spectrum. Does she have texture issues with food or clothing? How about a room being to light, or too loud. Many autistic children can't handle change well, how does she do with that? It sounds like she has more of a language problem then autism, but if you're really concerned you can ask for an evaluation referral
    ba13ygrl1987

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 3:02 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • maybe she's just possessed.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:10 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • OP here
    ba13grl1987, she says mommy, dad, daddy, sh, shoe, baby, mimi (sleep time), oh, whats that, no, & si. Those are the words she says clearly. We were talking to her in spanish but sometimes found ourselves speaking spanglish so instead of confusing her I have been talking to her in full english for the past 4 months. She still hears spanish because my aunt who watches her talk to her in spanish, so that might still be causing the late talking. She doesn't seem to have problems with food but she wants to eat on her own.she'll eat but it has to be by herself.

    I have noticed some kind of stubborness to change but after I explain and show her she will accept it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:34 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

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