I took my son to his pediatrician yesterday to get a referral to have him evaluated further. The dr doesn't seem to think it is autism because my son does have some social skills. For example, he will make some eye contact before looking away, and he will smile at others occasionally. He seems to think my sons delays may come from "intellectual challenges" instead of autism. I did push the issue and said I would like to at least rule autism out, and he did refer me to an autism center near me. I am waiting to hear about that. I also spoke to my son's former special ed teacher, and she said she definitely saw sensory issues with him and that his social skills improved a little over the school year.
My question is, would a child with high functioning autism have some basic social skills? For the most part, he is social with me. But if he is in a tantrum or meltdown, even I am not allowed to touch or talk to him. He is social with people he knows well, but not with others. He is sometimes even anti social with his daddy. :( It is all very confusing and I am trying to get as much info as I can.