Do autistic kids smile and laugh?
Hello. I have a 2 yr old son recently identified as having speech delay and fine motor skills delay. We are working with ECI (Early Childhood Intervention). However, ECI doesn't provide a diagnosis and we will most likely have to take him to a specialist for that. I am concerned autism may be the cause of his delays, but my DH and his family say no b/c my son smiles and laughs. They are under the impression that autistic children don't smile, laugh, or show affection (my son is affectionate). Is this correct? Or do some autistic children smile, laugh, hug, etc??