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what would be the symptoms of autism spectrum in a 8 yr old...i always thought there was something wrong with my nephew but never said anything.then my 30 yr old daughter who has a degree in early childhood came over and asked if he had ever been evaluated i said we dont talk about it...(i asked never again)but she noticed i think this is whats wrong...

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Asked by nana77500 at 12:45 PM on Sep. 21, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • lack of eye contact. delayed speech. some children hate to be touched. others prefer to be always wearing clothes that cover their bodies (or both like my brother. hates being touched but always wears pants and a sweater). lining, meaning he lines up his toys (which lots of kids do this anyways but typically children on the spectrum have it organized some how) or lining with his eyes (following an invisible dot with his eyes) or pacing.
    sensitivity to loud sounds, bright lights.
    hates change. loves consistency
    picky eater.
    ...the list goes on and on.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 12:48 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Wowza! I was about 28 when I watched a relatives child and afterwards I told my mother something wasn't right with the baby. Turns out the child had pretty severe developmental disabilities.

    I taught students who happened to have special needs for 20 years.

    Usually, unless a parent or teacher notices something, no one will check or evaluate.  If he's not having problems in school, no one will say anything.   Some people would rather not know.  Sometimes children are not fully diagnosed until it is late.  There is always hope.


    Answer by ironkitten at 12:51 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • many ASD children have a problem with personal hygiene. They hate brushing their teeth or taking a shower etc etc.
    "pretends" to be deaf. you know they can hear you but it seems like they can't. they just dont respond.
    doesn't play with others, or doesn't play well with others.
    doesn't seem to know how to play at all or plays with toys in an unconventional manner (like fanning a book).
    ...of course there is also hand flapping and such but that's found more in classic ASD.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 12:51 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • ew he has alot of these...i think someone has something to her but she just ignores it and doesnt get the help he needs...he is totally ignored...poor guy.

    Answer by nana77500 at 1:12 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • How is he in school?

    Answer by ironkitten at 1:21 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • that i dont know..the mom my sil wont talk about school.i know he insn into any activities because he doesnt want to do them...his sister does soccer and i know he has had the chance...but i read on her face book that someone had wrote how he hated thought was that i didnt want to read this,,,

    Answer by nana77500 at 1:37 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Outstandinglove: It's NOT pretending...the child honestly doesn't hear you. It is a focus/attention/sensory/learning disability issue. Some children (and adults!) cannot multifocus, therefore if they are 'looking', they cannot be 'hearing' and vice versa.


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:27 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • anon.
    did you notice how their were two little symbols around the word pretend ...that look something kinda like this "____"
    hmmm. i wonder what that might mean?

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:51 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • there*

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:51 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

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