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Old 04-02-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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looking at signs, developmental issues

Hi all,

My 17 mo DD is coming up on her 18 month checkup and I know we're going to be asked developmental questions. I answered the questions myself and she fails, but somewhat borderline. That said, I do get a gut sense that things are not quite right, and at very least she's got some developmental delays that are concerning. That said, there are some positives as well. I've tried to list a bunch of these positives and negatives, and I'm curious about how these sound to other folks who are familiar with ASD and how they relate to their own child. I'm not as concerned about the label as getting the proper help for DD, as early as possible!

Observations:

Comes to us with arms up to signal desire to get picked up. Always
Brings objects to me for interest-sake or sharing (e.g. flute, book, etc.). Often
Brings objects to me for assistance (e.g. food in a container). Always
Laughs at, runs after other children (e.g. cousins). Always
Understands and follows some simple commands. Often
Looks at things I point at (along with some verbal queues). Often
Likes playing peek-a-boo or similar games. Always
Imitates us in various ways (i.e. verbal or facial, etc.). Often
Makes an effort to verbalize (i.e. babble) and does so “conversantly” with us at least some times. Always
Climbs stairs, walks, runs. Always
Initiates physical contact with other people, other than requests to be picked up (e.g. hugs, etc.). Sometimes
“Accepts” affection initiated by others (e.g. as opposed to say squirming away). Often
Has tantrums that cannot be consoled easily (i.e. within 2-3 minutes). Rarely
Apparent understanding of others’ emotions (e.g. excitement, anger). Often
Plays with toys in what might seem considered “normal” ways (rarely fiddles, no licking or mouthing). Often
Learns from others in how things work or operate for play without a lot of repetition (e.g. imitates). Often
In floor-play with her, takes an interest in what I’m playing with and can generate floor-time in which it seems like we’re “playing together”. Always
A general feeling that eye contact is “good” and “appropriate”. Often
Shows interest in things going on around her. Often
Sensitive to change in routine. Rarely
Gets fixated on things, must have the object or activity or gets mad. Rarely
Fear of strangers / strange situations, but adjusts in short time. Often
Shows excitement at certain things including presence of people (e.g. coming home and greeting someone, songs she likes, etc.). Often
Understands words “mommy” and “daddy” (as in, will go to or look at the correct person). Often
Understands some other words (as in, say “cat” or even the cat’s name and she’ll look in the correct place). Often
Exhibits one or more clear “obsessions” (stacking, lining up things, etc.). Never
Participates in sense-of-self activities (e.g. asks to wear her hair-band). Often
A general sense that she seems “happy” (removing the occasional upsets). Always
Can say or gesture “no” (e.g. shakes head) in appropriate contexts. Often
Appears to play “pretend” – specifically what might be considered “affection” for stuffed toys (e.g. hugging). Always
Appears to play “pretend” – specifically using props (e.g. pouring tea, pretend food, etc.). Rarely
Understands when she’s being told “no” and may respond with verbalization/grunts/defiance/etc. Often
Speaks at a level that is generally considered “age appropriate”. Never
Says “mommy” and “daddy”. Never (perhaps Rarely, need to see if “daddy” is going to “stick”)
Can say or gesture “yes” in appropriate contexts. Never
Can wave “hi” and/or “bye”. Never
Can verbalize “hi” and/or “bye”. Never
Can clap on request. Sometimes
Appears to be making an effort sometimes to say real words (e.g. “cat” may come out as “cawww”). Sometimes
Walks on toes. Sometimes
Flaps arms. Sometimes
Shrugs shoulders or otherwise seems to exhibit some form of tick. Sometimes
Plays with tags on any/all toys. Often
Points at things she’s interested in with her index finger and glances at me/us as part of the exchange. Never
Points at things we name with index finger (e.g. body parts and/or pictures in books). Rarely
Has issues with swallowing food that’s not either pureed or is unfamiliar. Always