Should I have my 2-year-old tested for autism?

my friends think my two year old my be autistic because she has a vocab of 250 words and can speak in 4 and 5 word sentences but when she is hungry will scream and throw stuff and let you figure it out on your own and when she is thirsty will sometimes tell you and other times throw a fit even though she can say mommy I want juice or mommy I want more also around my family and strangers she freaks out she will shake hide her head in me and refuse to be put down also she will scream if I go somewhere and leave her with daddy and its the same thing if he goes and leaves her with me what do you guys think normal or something to watch?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:32 PM on Nov. 25, 2008 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Hmmm. Look up the symptoms of Sensory Processing Dysfunction or Sensory Integration Disorder. See if it fits. We were convinced our son had autism because he fit MOST of the symptoms. Except the biggest, he communicates well, and can *empathize* with people. He understands feelings. It took us ten years to get this diagnosis and it is the only one that fits for us. Look on the internet and see if you can figure it out. Don't give up.
    SusieD250

    Answer by SusieD250 at 12:41 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • Doesn't sound like autism . Im not sure why she acts that way though
    robinalbright

    Answer by robinalbright at 9:34 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • Mom...my dd has autistic tendancies and NOTHING you described sounds autistic to me....

    She sounds like a temper tantrum fit throwing normal 2 year old.

    If she has words, makes eye contact, plays well, you shouldnt worry. ;)
    mom2twobabes

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 9:40 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • she looks you in the eye when she wants to but thats normal as far as playing that part is not well at all she doesn't play actually she watches tv and refuses to play many games with me and won't play with any child except for my daughter and she really doesn't play with her its more like watches her wich is what she does when we try to get her to play she just watches us do it
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:45 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • That doesn't sound like autism. Those things are typical with kids that age. I'm tired of everyone thinking their kid has autism though.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:53 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • well you may be tired of it and I didn't say she has autism by the way I said I have been told I'm usually not a worrier at all but she does act alot diffrent then my oldest did when she was two and since my son passed away I tend to worry about everything cause it scares me to death I have become the type of mom who takes them to the dr over sneezing to hard now and you would to if you had lost a child the way I did mine so when you have some of your best friends telling you they think its autism you tend to worry and I didn't post this so you could be some rude obnoxious butt head I posted this so I could get some info before I completley freak anon thanks for being a true b*tch about it though appreciate it lots
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:57 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • I don't really think it sounds like autism either, but if you are worried there's no harm in discussing your concerns with your pediatrician either. Best of luck to you, I hope all works out well.
    Slinkee

    Answer by Slinkee at 10:05 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • I was just thinking she was trying to see how far she can get away with and have some anxiety/ stranger danger awareness to a really heightened level shes not at all sociable with anyone besides mom dad and big sister but she has been like that from birth but through my friends sayin yeah thats not normal I think it could be this it just really irked me and scared me a bit have been watching her alot more closely so now my anxiety level is up big time
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:08 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • A lot of highly intelligent have social anxieties also.
    Slinkee

    Answer by Slinkee at 10:17 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • I'm not going to be rude. I am going to be blunt. Have you done any research on autism (or ASD) at all? Are your friends experts? If you are concerned, make an appointment and talk to her pediatrician. This doesn't sound like autism, but it is a broad range of disorders... so you need to not listen to your friends and figure things out for yourself.
    MamaOfB

    Answer by MamaOfB at 10:28 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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