Autistic or Not? Typical two year old, or signs to be concerned of?
My son Gage was born prematurely, at 32 weeks. He suffered no ill affects known from his early birth, aside from a few developmental delays such as crawling and walking a little later than expected ( Started crawling a week before his first birthday, was walking two weeks later). Around a year an half the biggest delay we noticed was his talking ability. As a baby he didn't babble as much as other children. It took Gage a while to start talking, and at 2 1/2 he is just now starting to form some 2-4 word sentences. He is still adding new words to his vocabulary, but at a very slow rate. He loves repeating what people do an say ( pretends to fake cough, sneeze or burp.) However he is resorting to a lot of baby babble and saying words in between the babbling. He also seems to have trouble with eye contact, and at times following directions. He CAN follow directions, but you never know when he will or won't. He loves sitting on laps, does go up to other children, but being a stay at home mom he has limited interaction with other children aside from his 1 year old sister. I believe him to be a very social little boy, who cannot communicate well with words. He is easily frusterated, has many tempertantrums if a toy doesn't do what he wants, or he doesn't get his way. For the past few months he has taken to sitting on his sister when she has not provoked him or was even near him. He has no repetetive behaviors, aside from loving match box cars and will take his cars and run them all over the house, but he will play with other toys as well. He has been seeing a speach therapist, and her concerns have been the lack of eye contact and the inablity to communicate with language well. He does point to what he wants or will say " want that". Both the speach therapist and pediatrition have said he may be borderline austistic. I am trying to get as much early intervention as possible, however I am having trouble telling the difference between the warning signs of Austism, and typical two year old behavior. Could anyone help?