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Posted by Nancy on September 19, 2000 at 15:44:24:

My daughter was just diagnosed 2 weeks ago. She's 3 years old and has a speech delay. She is always
ready to hug and kiss us and is affectionate to others. Her eye contact is excellent except for the
occasions where she doesn't understand the question. The neurologist asked me if she points and I said
no. Unfortunately I never noticed, if you can believe that! When I went looked back on video tapes she
pointed but I wouldn't say she did it a lot. She does point to things when I ask her where they are.
As for understanding facial expressions she know exactly how we feel. If I pretend I'm sad she'll come
over and tell me not cry and starts kissing me. My daughter is an only child and is used to playing by
herself. When we are around other children she will join in play at the sand box or go on the slide but
still likes to go off by herself. Her communication is good and can tell us what she wants. Basically my
husband and I (and many others) find her to be happy, friendly and normal. I have written before
regarding her bout with Lyme Disease and how her behavior changed since then. She has many more
temper tantrums and suddenly became fearful of things she used to love. I guess this is why the
Neurologist thinks she's Autistic. I'd love to hear what you think. I'm not looking for a diagnosis but just
a few opinions as to whether this is typical Autism. Thanks to all who reply!

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