My niece will be 4 in two weeks. She was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in November of last year. She doesnt speak, at all. She does make loud squeely noises, and grunting noises though. She's usually very happy when those noises come out. When a child with autism is non verbal, will they always be non verbal, or will she speak some day? Or is this something that noone knows the answer to? A lot of the time she seems to be in another world, and not connected to us at all. Like she sees right through me. She also loves pressure. She loves to be squeezed and hugged tight.. its like relief is written all over her face when someone gives her a tight hug. Is this part of autism as well?
She is also very sensitive about textures. She hates how clothes touch her skin. She hates how her shoes feel on her feet. She hates most foods because of the texture. Today she took an hour to eat a grape (we were really excited that she did nibble on it, even though she was unsure of the texture). So is this sensitivity just part of the autism spectrum, or is this a whole other thing? Should she be getting a different kind of therapy for that, or no?
Her mom is new to all of this, so she cant answer these questions. I thought if anyone might know it would be some of you.