Re: New Parent - Regressive Autism Questions
I don't know much about regressive autism firsthand, however a friend of mine has an almost 3 year old who has been in speech too, he says no words at all. However, he was babbling around 15 months stopped. He has not been diagnosed with autism. they think he is too young for a diagnosis yet and want to see how the speech and special needs preschool help.s They suggested to them it could be apraxia or other speech delay. I personally feel he is mildly autistic even though he makes SOME eye contact and is somewhat sociable, he has so many other signs.
Two people I know (my nephew and friend's kid) both didn't talk at all until over age 3 and both were diagnosed with hypotonia. The poor muscle control in the mouth/tongue made it difficult to talk. My friends kid also got another diagnosis a year later as SID. sometimes he fails hearing tests and sometimes he does some autistic like things though he is not autistic now at age 5. My nephew got a PDD, ADHD diagnosis very early on. He didn't respond to much at all including his name. Medication he began taking for violent behavior was what helped him start talking, possibly due to calming his brain down long enough to pay attention to language.
Besides knowing a few kids on the spectrum, I was a nanny to a 2 year old diagnosed with PDD and I also am a teacher who worked with kids with autism. In my experience, this is what I noticed about very young autistic kids though every kid is different of course: not talking, humming or making strange sounds, toe walking (in combination with other symptoms), hand waving or flapping, obsessions with certain objects, holding ears during certain sounds or in crowds, spinning or walking in circles or staring at things that spin for long periods, frequent crying, screaming or unusually dramatic tantrums, not pointing or gesturing or doing that infrequently, coming and taking your arm or hand to lead you to what they want, issues with food, textures, sounds and other sensory, not responsive to name or understanding directions (go get your cup), not playing with toys appropriately for age, and in my experience, an obsessive desire to watch TV, such as gettingright up close and staring at it for extended periods, always wanting to watch certain videos over and over, and often tantrums when it is time to turn off TV.
I would't really rely on the social skills one yet, as most kids this age do not typically enjoy the company of other kids yet and may or may not smile and be friendly with adults. Some kids who are severly autistic can be very social with family members but not anyone else.
Dont know if this helps or not. Don't autimatically assume autism, though it is good you are vigilant and aware. My nephew got his diagnosis through a neurologist, not early intervention so maybe you can do that road next? Most important is listen to your gut, but don't let your imagination run away either, especially everything flying around on the internet. Keep us posted and in the meantime, try to learn about alternate ways to help your baby communicate to ease the frustration.