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Old 03-24-2011, 07:24 PM   #2
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Re: help is this a sign of autism????

He has a speech delay.. This does not always mean autism. If your ywo year old was using more words , and then had lost words then it would be a sign of autism. Other things to look out for. Eye contact, hand flapping, and major temper tantrums when something is different on his schedule. What he is doing is called echolia , sometimes this happens when a child is first learning how to talk. It is more of a comcern of the child is older , and still is only repeating what he hears. Also, the child would not "hear" when spoken to, many aprents of autistic toddlers may think the child had a hearing problem. Anther sign would be lining up his toys, such as toy cars in a row, then getting highly agitated if you take a car away . Head banging, and rocking are other signs in a young child. Toe walking is anther indicater . If he rather be alone , and not interact with the world, or others are more indicaters. Loss os speech , is a big one though . But if he is only just repeating words, and does not have any other behavioral signs then most likely it is a speech delay, which a speech therapist can help him.
If he is meeting all of his developmental milestones other then the speech delay, he does not have autism.
Talk to your Ped. about his speech, and get a referral for him to see a speech therapist.