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Posted by sarah on May 23, 2000 at 19:31:54:

In Reply to: Is this really autism? posted by Shari on May 23, 2000 at 09:54:38:

: 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?

Hi Shari

Have his hearing tested asap. What is typical autistic behaviour? My son is extremely
affectionate to family members. He has a great sense of humour and teases his brothers.
He loves animals and feels others pain but he has speech delay (expressive language)
and other tell tale signs of autism - every child is different.

Good luck with your son.

Sarah

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