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Does your child exhibit these classic symptoms they use for diagnosis?

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 Does your child exhibit these classic symptoms they use for diagnosis?

Since I have more that one I answered below :)

I thought this might help new members who are trying to decide if their children have autism or not.  Many times if a child doesn't exhibit a couple of these, they want to conclude that their child can't have autism.  I know I thought this in the early days too.  You want to cling to anything. I wish I could have seen that there are many autistic people that  do only a handful of the things on this list.  It would have made me accept it sooner.  By showing that your child doesn't have to have all of them to have autism, maybe a mom might realize the list is not all inclusive. 

I also think it is interesting to see the similiarites and differences between our children.  I know my 3 are so different.

Some autistic traits could include:

  • Scatter/splinter skills of abilities –
    • such as poor gross motor or fine motor skills and the ability to read at a very young age
  • Oversensitive or under sensitive to pain
  • Desire for the same daily schedule, toys, type of clothes or an insistent on “sameness”
  • Repeating words, phrases in place of typical language or conversation (This is known as echolalia)
  • Much difficulty expressing needs – they may use pointing, gestures versus words, or tantrums
  • Finding situations funny or laughing at times when it is inappropriate (i.e., laughing at a baby crying.)
  • Activity is noticeably under active or over active
  • Excessive or frequent tantrums
  • Can be aggressive or self injurious
  • Prefers to be alone – may have social skills deficits
  • Autistics can act deaf or be non responsive to verbal cues
  • Odd play such as; spinning objects, or using toys for something besides there their intended purpose or using an odd attraction to an item that is inappropriate for age
  • Non existent or poor eye contact
  • Non responsive to typical teaching methods
  • May respond negatively to crowds or not able to mix well with others
  • Difficulty with holding a conversation
  • May not like hugs, or to be cuddled.
  • Sensitivity to loud noises, tags in clothes, coarse clothing, lights, and smells
  • Frequently uses peripheral vision to track items (e.g., rolling car along countertop at eye-level)
  • Highly self-limited diet (narrow down foods they’ll eat to a very limited few items when previously a broader range was accepted (e.g., bread, chicken nuggets, cheese, milk, and crackers – period.)
  • A high amount of severe food allergies
  • History of chronic ear infections as an infant
  • Severe gastro-intestinal issues; chronic loose and/or foul-smelling stools.
  • Lack of imaginative play or imitation.
by on Dec. 8, 2011 at 10:46 AM
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jconney80
by Bronze Member on Jan. 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Amber

Some autistic traits could include:

  • Scatter/splinter skills of abilities – 
    • such as poor gross motor or fine motor skills and the ability to read at a very young age YES
  • Oversensitive or under sensitive to pain- YES
  • Desire for the same daily schedule, toys, type of clothes or an insistent on “sameness”- NO
  • Repeating words, phrases in place of typical language or conversation (This is known as echolalia) SOMETIMES
  • Much difficulty expressing needs – they may use pointing, gestures versus words, or tantrums YES
  • Finding situations funny or laughing at times when it is inappropriate (i.e., laughing at a baby crying.) NO
  • Activity is noticeably under active or over active YES
  • Excessive or frequent tantrums- Yes & No (Only when expected to do things that she didn't want to do or understand)
  • Can be aggressive or self injurious- SOMETIMES
  • Prefers to be alone – may have social skills deficits- YES & NO- Likes being social but has social deficits
  • Autistics can act deaf or be non responsive to verbal cues- Not really
  • Odd play such as; spinning objects, or using toys for something besides there their intended purpose or using an odd attraction to an item that is inappropriate for age- NOT until an older age (lining toys)
  • Non existent or poor eye contact NO
  • Non responsive to typical teaching methods NO but sometimes
  • May respond negatively to crowds or not able to mix well with others NO
  • Difficulty with holding a conversation NO
  • May not like hugs, or to be cuddled. YES
  • Sensitivity to loud noises, tags in clothes, coarse clothing, lights, and smells YES
  • Frequently uses peripheral vision to track items (e.g., rolling car along countertop at eye-level) YES
  • Highly self-limited diet (narrow down foods they’ll eat to a very limited few items when previously a broader range was accepted (e.g., bread, chicken nuggets, cheese, milk, and crackers – period.) YES
  • A high amount of severe food allergies NO
  • History of chronic ear infections as an infant NO
  • Severe gastro-intestinal issues; chronic loose and/or foul-smelling stools. NO
  • Lack of imaginative play or imitation. NO
jconney80
by Bronze Member on Jan. 10, 2014 at 8:28 PM

MARKUS

Some autistic traits could include:

  • Scatter/splinter skills of abilities –
    • such as poor gross motor or fine motor skills and the ability to read at a very young age YES
  • Oversensitive or under sensitive to pain
  • Desire for the same daily schedule, toys, type of clothes or an insistent on “sameness” YES
  • Repeating words, phrases in place of typical language or conversation (This is known as echolalia) YES
  • Much difficulty expressing needs – they may use pointing, gestures versus words, or tantrums YES BUT ONLY AS A YOUNG TODDLER
  • Finding situations funny or laughing at times when it is inappropriate (i.e., laughing at a baby crying.) NO
  • Activity is noticeably under active or over active YES OVERACTIVE
  • Excessive or frequent tantrums YES BUT WORSE AS A 2 YEAR OLD
  • Can be aggressive or self injurious ONLY AS A  YOUNG TODDLER
  • Prefers to be alone – may have social skills deficits DOESN'T PREFER TO BE ALONE BUT DOES HAVE TROUBLE WITH SOCIAL SKILLS
  • Autistics can act deaf or be non responsive to verbal cues ONLY AS A BABY AND YOUNG TODDLER
  • Odd play such as; spinning objects, or using toys for something besides there their intended purpose or using an odd attraction to an item that is inappropriate for age YES BUT NOT NOTICEABLE
  • Non existent or poor eye contact NO
  • Non responsive to typical teaching methods SOMEWHAT
  • May respond negatively to crowds or not able to mix well with others YES
  • Difficulty with holding a conversation SOMETIMES
  • May not like hugs, or to be cuddled. NO LOVES DEEP PRESSURE HUGS 
  • Sensitivity to loud noises, tags in clothes, coarse clothing, lights, and smells YES
  • Frequently uses peripheral vision to track items (e.g., rolling car along countertop at eye-level) YES
  • Highly self-limited diet (narrow down foods they’ll eat to a very limited few items when previously a broader range was accepted (e.g., bread, chicken nuggets, cheese, milk, and crackers – period.) YES
  • A high amount of severe food allergies YES
  • History of chronic ear infections as an infant NO
  • Severe gastro-intestinal issues; chronic loose and/or foul-smelling stools. YES
  • Lack of imaginative play or imitation. A LITTLE PRETEND PLAY
tonijoy79
by Member on Feb. 7, 2014 at 7:09 PM

i was wondering about my sons diagnoses until i read this, brad is high functioning, and when we are with professionals or with new people you cant see it in him at all. when he is comfortable, at home and with my friends and family we see almost everyday, then he shows over 3/4 of all of those. i was hoping the diagnoses was wrong, that he was normal, i see so many worse than brad, then i read the list and i was like, yes, yes yes damn it. thanks for posting it, it would help to clear it up not just for me but for a lot of people.

L0veMy2B0ys
by on May. 4, 2014 at 12:57 AM

LUCA (AGE 4)
Scatter/splinter skills of abilities –
such as poor gross motor or fine motor skills and the ability to read at a very young age YES - ADVANCED VOCABULARY BUT CAN'T PEDAL A BIKE
Oversensitive or under sensitive to pain BOTH - SHOWED SAME RESPONSE TO BROKEN BONE AS DOES FOR STUBBING TOE
Desire for the same daily schedule, toys, type of clothes or an insistent on “sameness” YES
Repeating words, phrases in place of typical language or conversation (This is known as echolalia) YES
Much difficulty expressing needs – they may use pointing, gestures versus words, or tantrums YES- EVEN THOUGH HE HAS A LARGE VOCABULARY HE DOESN'T USE IT TO EXPRESS NEEDS.
Finding situations funny or laughing at times when it is inappropriate (i.e., laughing at a baby crying.) SOMETIMES 
Activity is noticeably under active or over active YES - ADHD 
Excessive or frequent tantrums YES - MELTDOWNS WERE THE MAIN REASON WE REALIZED THERE WAS SOMETHING GOING ON.
Can be aggressive or self injurious YES- MAY HIT TO INFORCE HIS RULES ON OTHER KIDS. WE CALL HIM THE POLICE. WE ARE WORKING ON THIS. HE IS THE SWEETEST MOST GENTLE CHILD OTHERWISE.
Prefers to be alone – may have social skills deficits YES- INTERACTS WELL WITH ADULTS. TALKS LIKE AN ADULT WITH ADULTS BUT GRUNTS AT PEERS.
Autistics can act deaf or be non responsive to verbal cues YES- THOUGHT HE WAS DEAF BUT HEARING HAS BEEN CHECKED MULTIPLE TIMES AND IS PERFECT.
Odd play such as; spinning objects, or using toys for something besides there their intended purpose or using an odd attraction to an item that is inappropriate for age YES- LOVES HELICOPTERS AND WILL CONSTANTLY SPIN THE ROTORS ON HIS TOY ONES. HE USES ALMOST EVERY TOY AS A TRAIN OR HELICOPTER DOESN'T MATTER WHAT IT IS.
Non existent or poor eye contact POOR EYE CONTACT- LOOKS TOO INTENSE OR LOOKS AT YOUR SHIRT OR PAST YOU WHEN LISTENING. WHEN HE SPEAKS HE LOOKS AWAY ALMOST AS IF IT IS TOO HARD TO LOOK AND CONCENTRATE ON WHAT HE IS SAYING. 
Non responsive to typical teaching methods NO
May respond negatively to crowds or not able to mix well with others YES- AT BIRTHDAY PARTIES HE IS ALWAYS ALONE BUT DOESN'T SEEM TO NOTICE.
Difficulty with holding a conversation YES- ONLY ASKS QUESTIONS OR TALKS ABOUT HIS INTERESTS. I USUALLY ASK HIM QUESTIONS TO ENCOURAGE CONVERSATION BUT HE WILL SHUTDOWN AFTER A FEW.
May not like hugs, or to be cuddled. ON HIS TERMS ONLY- IF  YOU TOUCH HIM WHEN HE IS NOT PREPARED HE MAY MELTDOWN. GRANDPARENTS HAD TO LEARN THAT SPANKING IS NOT AN OPTION.
Sensitivity to loud noises, tags in clothes, coarse clothing, lights, and smells YES - NOISES, LIGHTS, AND SMELLS.
Frequently uses peripheral vision to track items (e.g., rolling car along countertop at eye-level) DID WHEN YOUNGER
Highly self-limited diet (narrow down foods they’ll eat to a very limited few items when previously a broader range was accepted (e.g., bread, chicken nuggets, cheese, milk, and crackers – period.) NO
A high amount of severe food allergies NO 
History of chronic ear infections as an infant YES - AT FIRST WE THOUGHT HIS BEHAVIOR WAS DUE TO HEARING PROBLEMS AND FRQUENT INFECTIONS.
Severe gastro-intestinal issues; chronic loose and/or foul-smelling stools. NO
Lack of imaginative play or imitation.  ACTS OUT SCENES FROM FAVORITE SHOWS OR MOVIES INSTEAD.
TheJerseyGirl
by Michele on May. 4, 2014 at 6:13 AM
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 The older he gets, it seems I notice traits he never had and then others he did disappear.

Emmasgirl
by New Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM
We get no emotions except screaming. No eye contact. No verbal requests or answers to questions. She does not play per say. And refuses to eat anything good for her.
Nicole_2007
by Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM
  • Scatter/splinter skills of abilities –
    • such as poor gross motor or fine motor skills and the ability to read at a very young age-  Yes
  • Oversensitive or under sensitive to pain-   yes
  • Desire for the same daily schedule, toys, type of clothes or an insistent on “sameness”- yes
  • Repeating words, phrases in place of typical language or conversation (This is known as echolalia)- yes
  • Much difficulty expressing needs – they may use pointing, gestures versus words, or tantrums- yes
  • Finding situations funny or laughing at times when it is inappropriate (i.e., laughing at a baby crying.)- yes All the time
  • Activity is noticeably under active or over active- yes
  • Excessive or frequent tantrums- oh yes
  • Can be aggressive or self injurious-yep
  • Prefers to be alone – may have social skills deficits-yep
  • Autistics can act deaf or be non responsive to verbal cues- yep
  • Odd play such as; spinning objects, or using toys for something besides there their intended purpose or using an odd attraction to an item that is inappropriate for age-no
  • Non existent or poor eye contact- yes
  • Non responsive to typical teaching methods- sometimes
  • May respond negatively to crowds or not able to mix well with others-oh yes
  • Difficulty with holding a conversation- yes
  • May not like hugs, or to be cuddled.- depends on her mood
  • Sensitivity to loud noises, tags in clothes, coarse clothing, lights, and smells- yes
  • Frequently uses peripheral vision to track items (e.g., rolling car along countertop at eye-level)- no
  • Highly self-limited diet (narrow down foods they’ll eat to a very limited few items when previously a broader range was accepted (e.g., bread, chicken nuggets, cheese, milk, and crackers – period.)-yes
  • A high amount of severe food allergies- no food allergies that we know of
  • History of chronic ear infections as an infant-YES
  • Severe gastro-intestinal issues; chronic loose and/or foul-smelling stools.-No she was always the other way around and always constipated and to this day still has problems
  • Lack of imaginative play or imitation.- Yes we have to tell her what to play with and how to play.
kajira
by Emma on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:23 PM

As an adult with Autism I have (or had at one point) almost everything on that list. 

Mwheels72
by Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Scatter.splinter skills- great motor skills more fine motor skills, he cannot read

Oversensitive or undersenstive to pain-undersensitive

Laughs out of the blue at things we cannot see or understand

Learning to point for things, makes gestures facial expressions (makes weird faces for no reason) 

Meltdowns for too many people situtions loud noises (high sensitive hearing culprit)

Activity noticably active or underactive- ACTIVE and then a quick laul

Aggressive when his hands become over senstive with something he really likes touching self injurous only when he hears a loud noise or in pain

Prefers to be alone- most kids are just lamps to move around

Acts deaf -be unresponsive to verbal cues- Not deaf oversensitive hearing and doesn't respond to things like his name or come here ect.

Stimming Spinning flapping with objects he loves- usually a sock or paper something light he loves

Non existant poor eye contact- Yes and yes

Doesn't respond to teaching methods- doesntt have good eye contacts body sensitivity issues, nonverbal so yep harder when your body is doing that.

Has Trouble with large crowds 5 good 10 not so much.- People he likes noise and filtering sounds not so much. Very huggable

Non verbal no conversation

Sensitivity to loud noises, sounds we can't hear noises, Sensitivity to lights and certain patterns.

uses one eye to look at things- but tracks other objects he likes with both eyes

Loves most foods (mouth sensations loves everything crunchy) Except hot dogs and broccoli

Didn't  have ear infections but had seizures.

Loose stool at times getting better with Gastro doc help, allergy test in the works. No allergies for GFCF diet root lactose intolerance. Switched to pediasure DHA bowels better.

Lack of imaginative play- doesn't play with toys or use imagination with regular play. 


March142012
by New Member on Jul. 27, 2014 at 1:17 AM
Was this an issue with anyone? When my son was a baby he did not let me hold him chest to chest, I would have to put his back to my front and walk or rock him to hold him. He also had/has nightmares nightly? Now he is clingy only to me, but doesn't let me initiate contact without permission-- can I give you a hug or can I have one? He initiates contact often.
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