Not sure. You may just not be describing this too well (or rather perhaps you perceive the symptoms as milder than they actually are?) but to me it does not sound like autism. His only symptom seems to be an expressive speech delay?
A lot of the time in kids who have specific disabilities (for example born blind, deaf, language disordered) there are some similarities with autism, but they tend to be limited to the area of disability (language in his case). A lot of children with speech delays exhibit autistic-like behaviours, including temper tantrums (since they are frustrated because they cannot communicate), but with autism, it is usually all levels of communication that are affected, not just speech.
In any case, it can not be Asperger's - his only symptom is precisely one that normally excludes an AS diagnosis, i.e. absence of speech. If he was on the spectrum, his language delay would lead to a diagnosis of HFA or PDD-NOS.
25, female, AS with attentional dysfunction
Last edited by Redhead23; 04-25-2005 at 03:55 AM.