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Autism????

Posted by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:03 AM
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  Those of you that have children or know people that have children with autism, when did you notice something was wrong? What were the first signs and at what age????

by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:03 AM
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JADIEBUG
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:04 AM

From birth. My son preferred to be left alone and not held or cuddled as an infant. Screamed at the sight of water or being touched with water. Always preferred to be alone.

mistie900
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:04 AM

BUMP!

lifehappy
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:06 AM


Quoting JADIEBUG:

From birth. My son preferred to be left alone and not held or cuddled. Screamed at the sight of water or being touched with water. Always preferred to be alone.

From birth for us, too. DD would scream if anyone touched her hands....she never grasped fingers, always kept hands tightly fisted to her chest. Several other things, too, but she was our first (and only) and we weren't sure what was typical. By the time she was three, we knew there was a LOT more to it.

sati769leigh
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:06 AM

 

Quoting tmmom2:

  Those of you that have children or know people that have children with autism, when did you notice something was wrong? What were the first signs and at what age????

 by age 2 we knew something was not right. he stopped progressing developementally with his peers. his speech was like a 1 year old not a 2 year old. he would line blocks for hours and have complete melt downs if one was moved a fraction. he would also hit himeself in the head or rock and hit his head on a wall. kinda scary.

we did testing and it came back behavioural delay no known cause. he was diagnosed that because he didnt fit the criteria at the time to diagnose specificly an autism spectrum disorder. we began behavioural theraly and speech therapy. which he got kicked out of because they could not handle him. LOL

at age 5 he was retested. this time we went to 4 different specialists including childrens hospital diagnositcs. this time it came back as PDD NOS in the spectrum. now he gets in home therapy 30 hours a week.

i know i rambled sorry

JADIEBUG
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Gavin got his diagnosis at 15-16 months but he was diagnosed with SPD at 8 months.

Quoting lifehappy:


Quoting JADIEBUG:

From birth. My son preferred to be left alone and not held or cuddled. Screamed at the sight of water or being touched with water. Always preferred to be alone.

From birth for us, too. DD would scream if anyone touched her hands....she never grasped fingers, always kept hands tightly fisted to her chest. Several other things, too, but she was our first (and only) and we weren't sure what was typical. By the time she was three, we knew there was a LOT more to it.


Just_Bethy
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:13 AM

 I have 4 kids...and 4 nieces that I was close to...and I used to have a small day care and I KNEW my youngest was different...from when he was 4 months old...he just...wasn't like the rest...Long before I heard of Autism..I said he was like looking a a jigsaw and finding a piece missing...something was just wrong...i didn't know what..

TrevonsMommy
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:17 AM

My stepson was diagnosed with Autism at around 2...But they knew something was off well before then, his mom and dad (my hubby), and doctors weren't sure what it was...He also has a mild hearing loss (which was diagnosed first)...He is now 10 and completely nonverbal.

mitch576
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:17 AM

hine sight is 20/20.

 looking back.. from birth.

 




 







 




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3greatkids751
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:19 AM
my friend has an autistic son who is 3 and was diagnosed last nov.. she said he grew normally as an infant was on track w/ all the milestones then one day he just stopped..stopped lookin @ her stopped sayin mommy and daddy just stopped everything.. i met him the other day and he is a wonderful little boy!!!
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bupkie
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:25 AM

At two weeks after his first shot.... when DS went from sleeping and quiet to screaming in pain - colic every single day... hours at a time.... - completely different baby.....  I knew something changed but had no idea.

Then, after a couple months... (colic continued btw)   when he would sometimes make eye contact, then  I noticed around 2 months he woul not hold eye contact.   I couldn't get him to look me in the eye.   It hit me....  I asked.... Does he have Autism....  I was COMPLETELY DISMISSED BY HIS PED.   BY HIS GRAM (An RN.)  .... .and was told to stop looking for things that AREN'T THERE.   Stop being PARANOID.    

MAJOR COLIC continues.  2-3 hours screaming painful crying every night 10-12:30 pm.... to go to sleep... for first year....

Development milestones normal.   Language skills normal... and vocabulary excellent.   Except, SO MANY DAILY MELTDOWNS!!!  (every day.... over the littlest things)... 

Fast forward to Kindergarten.... misdiagnosis of ADHD....

Wait.... Walking.... He only WALKED ON HIS TIPPY TOES.... Hands he holds loosely and flaps when he gets upset!   When he starts a meltdown, he hops, like a bunny!  Literally "HOPPING MAD!" 

HE cannot reason, he cannot hear you when he gets upset.   He goes into his own world.  He is upset, and that is it.   It is NOT a tantrum.  His mind cannot process anything else - talking only makes it worse.   He will repeat what is wrong over and over and over.  If you talk, you may think he can hear you, but he cannot process what you are saying.  


Fast Forward to 9 years old (4th grade) I demand testing because I finally find from research on my own he has Aspergers.... (Though his Pediatrician doesn't think so, and gives in to finally have him tested)....   The specialist I waited a year for the appt. says "Great job with the diagnosis Mom.... he's Aspergers for Sure, HOW DID ANYONE MISS THAT???"   

... My bottom line.... if I could go back.... when I saw those signs at a few months old..... I would grab that pediatrician by the collar and say... Have him tested NOW.   But, I had NO IDEA what Aspergers was.  I had no idea how wide the spectrum was.  I had no idea what the signs were.   I was a "new" mom, and let others tell me everything was OK.   (jerks!)   Yeah, I'm bitter,  I asked for help for years and didn't get any.   

But I love my DS!  He's Awesome!   ;)

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