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Autism or not??

Posted by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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Hi, my name is Jackie. I have a 4 yr old son. He doesn't talk much and im wondering if he might have autism. Is 4 too young to find out?
by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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AliKatAK47
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Most people get diagnosed around 3. At least from what I have seen. Can he talk and just doesn't or does he not know how to talk? When you introduce new things does he react negatively? Does he hold eye contact when he does speak? Is he potty trained? When you take him to public places does he start to cry or throw tantrums?
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jackied20619
by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM
He isnt potty trained yet, having problems getting him to sit still. He doesn't tell me what he wants but either points or bring it to me. When i talk to him he doesn't make much eye contact. And when i do decide to take him with me to the store he does throw a fit if he doesn't get what he wants. And i mean a lying on the floor, kicking, crying type of fit. He also gets really upset sometimes, like if he gets something wrong on the computer he will just stand there and scream. I mean a really loud scream. I am just wondering if maybe i should get him checked out?
jackied20619
by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM

He can talk but just doesnt try.

 

amonkeymom
by Platinum Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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I think I'd be getting a referral to a behavioral pediatrician or behavior psych who can help you out.  Even if he doesn't have autism, there is clearly something going on.

Reina13
by Gold Member on Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Talk your your pedi about your concerns and get him referred to a devolpmental specialist.

Good luck.

DACIA79
by Silver Member on Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM
Every child is different so without taking the child to the doctor its hard to say
thatgirl70
by Carin on Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Talk to your doctor and get him evaluated. Definitely not too young to find out.

MissTacoBell
by Taco Bell Princess on Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:24 PM
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Hi Jackie.

My son just turned 5 and had these same problems. He was assessed by an autism clinic a day before his 3rd birthday and diagnosed with autism. Don't get hung up on the sub categorizations like PDD NOS or Aspergers. He has a severe speech delay as his main "feature" or "obstacle". He would bring me stuff, lead me to what he wanted and not use words. It was very unclear how much he understood because he did not follow directions or speak more than a few labels.

Once kids are 3, they become eligible for an IEP through the local school district. I'm not sure where you are, but in California it's that way.

I would suggest, his age being so close to kindergarten age, to contact the special education department of your school district and request an "IEP". This is a barrage of play dates where your son would be assessed for services. You fill out lots of questionnaires and answer questions so they can get a full picture.

Note: HE DOES NOT NEED TO HAVE AN OFFICIAL DIAGNOSIS FOR AN IEP, though I'm told its useful to them internally.

He will most likely get put in EI preschool (early intervention) and receive services there.

When I had ds diagnosed 2 years ago, they were scheduled a week out. Now, so many people are requesting assessments that they are 8 months out. Some places people wait over a year. Dd is 11 months old and she has a standing appointment for her 2nd bday because she is at a higher risk having a sibling with ASD (autism spectrum disorder).

I hope this info is useful to you. If you have any questions more, don't hesitate to PM me.

There are also awesome autism groups on here if you search autism in groups with ladies who know far more than I. There may even be some ladies in your area who can direct you to the best resources.
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blsdbyangel07
by Evil Food Lady on Apr. 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM
Like others mentioned you need to mention your concerns to his ped and get a referral for thorough testing.
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romanceparty4u
by on Apr. 6, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Autism signs can be detected as early as 2 years old. If you think something is wrong, have it evaluated.

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