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Posted by Shari on May 23, 2000 at 09:53:54:

My son developed normally with the exception of speech. Once we started looking for help with his speech then
we kept being told all the other things he did looked like autism. He likes to play by himself, or at least
struggles to make connections with others. He has excellent eye contact, is incredibly affectionate. The only
things it seems now are his speech is still delayed by about 10 months or so, he flaps his hands periodically,
and when there is a noise he doesn't like (vacuum, hair dryer) he covers his ears.
He doesn't line things up, he doesn't insist on sameness or routine, he transitions from activity to activity like
any 30 month old is willing to. My husband and I feel like the communication problems are the root to his
limits in interaction, how can you play a game with someone when you don't know what they are saying
to you? Just wondering if anyone else's child is in a similar boat, and what you are doing about it? We
have seen pediatrician, ENT, neurologist, speech pathologist, OT, and he is enrolled in an early intervention
program through our public school. Any ideas?

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