I'm reaching out to the women in this discussion. Most of you seem to have a child with autism and know a lot about it. My daughter is 6. Last year we started school and almost immediately we were called in for behavior issues. They pressed this issue for months until I finally took my daughter to a specialist. He diagnosed her with ADHD and ODD and also some reading/language issues. After medication she seemed to calm down and pay attention more in class but she was already so far behind. Then the teacher asked me did they check her for autism. She said she had many children through the years with it and my daughter had many of the traits. The doctor told me it wasn't likely and to give it time.
Here we are in 1st grade now. They recommended at the school even though she is behind to let her go forward cause she would learn more in 1st grade even if it meant failing it. Wouldn't you know that not long into this school year I've been called in. Teacher is concerned about her learning and wanted to discuss it with me. I then explained how we had been though all this last year. My daughter was suppose to be getting tutoring from the start of the year. That didn't happen. Here we are now at almost Halloween. The teacher this year has also asked me if she was tested for autism. She says my daughter doesn't really interact with the other kids. She says she will sit in the group with them and at a glance it appears she's interacted but if you walked up and watched them, you would see that she is doing her own thing while they work together.
She does seem to have imagination play but I've been reading that it could be imitative play. She has an imaginary friend name Mousy. Keep in mind that mousy came about after she watched Stuart Little and we have had him around for 2 years. But some pages say this can happen, others say it's not autism at all.
The things that have made the doctors concerned in my daughter walks on her tip toes(ALOT). She doesn't handle change well at all. She wants things to always be done the same way. If you introduce her to something new, the second time you do it, you better do it the way you did the first time or it's a issue.
Example: I make her oatmeal with milk. Put in the microwave, push the 30sec button 2 times to get 1 minute, stir and repeat. Her step dad went to make her oatmeal. He followed the directions, however since he didn't hit the 30sec button twice and repeat, she refused to eat it. She got mad and stomped her feet. By the time I got home I had to just throw it out and fix new.
Hamburgers have to have ketchup on the top,mustard on the bottom, with the pickles in the ketchup not in the mustard. God help me if it's done wrong.
She notices when TV shows don't come on when they normally are scheduled to. Or if they just all together change the TV line up. Thank you so much Nick Jr for that headache. ha ha
At times when it's snack time she will walk to the cabinets and just point and grunt at me until I finally guess what it is she wants.
I could go on and on. But I feel lost. I read one article and I think no she's not autistic. I read another and I think wow that is my child. The doctor today said that she shows some signs but we would revisit it after the school tested in December and they would test in January.
Can some of you please help me? I don't know what to think or how to deal.