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Old 01-13-2010, 08:34 PM   #1
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Is my daughter autistic??

My daughter who will be 3 in March has been different now for about 1 1/2 years. What i mean by different is when she was born, she was the most happiest, funnest baby. Always smiling, playing, interacting etc. Then around 13-14 months old, everything changed. She got impatient, hostile, doesnt listen AT ALL, fearless, abusive, and will go thru these rages when you tell her NO! I thought that she might have ADD or ADHD but recently went to an orientation and was told that children with ADD & ADHD are born with it. My daughter was not. Last week over night was a totally different child. She didnt throw tantrums (only when she was tired)she was sweet, she played on her own, none of her normal activity...we were all shocked, but elated.
She started with her old self again yesterday. This time it was worse. She was completely uncontrollable. She went thru these rages like never before.
Today I went with her to get evaluated by a behavior specialist and they think that she may be autistic.
The only thing that she is having issues with is the not listening and tantrums. Is that a sign?
She speaks, she able to tell me what she wants, she points at what she wants, she can focus on certain things (especially the TV) she can read all her abc's and #'s. She can go out in crowds and loves to play with other children. She doesnt show any of the "normal signs" of autism.
I am at my wits end. I feel like i can just go insane at any moment. Someone please help us!!

 
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:48 PM   #2
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Re: Is my daughter autistic??

Did anything different happen yesterday? Did she go somewhere she hasn't been for a while, eat something different, smell something different? Pets, garden smells, mold, new carpet or paint, cleaning agents. A drink or treat that she doesn't get often? Did you run out of something that just got restocked? Does she eat/drink anything with red food coloring? Generally the symptoms stay mostly the same, but allergies, foods and smells can really affect our moods and ADHD symptoms. Without allergy treatment, my ADHD is severe.

 
Old 01-13-2010, 11:59 PM   #3
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karen - the first thing that comes to my mind is an intense food allergy. the overnight behavioral changes in the extreme is the red flag that made me think this. plus you said she has no problems in crowds, does say a few words and likes being around other chidlren.

examine her diet closely - did you start anything new at the time of the behavior changes, like did you switch from formula or breast fed to regular milk? did you start cheese? tomato sauce? food with colorings in them? nuts/peanut butter? these are just of the few foods that can cause allergic reactions in young children.

rose is asking the same questions plus a few more i see. think about these things closely because the answer may be here. keep us posted!

how many words does she say? does she use "mommy" and "daddy" and does she look at you when she is making a request?

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Old 01-14-2010, 01:29 PM   #4
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Re: Is my daughter autistic??

I thought about the food thing especially since she is soo picky. All she wants to eat are popsicles, ice cream, pastas and candy, and chicken nuggets. JUNK!!
She stopped eating meat a while back. And drinks a lot of milk.

She talks a lot. She says many words and will look you dead in the eye. If I am not looking at her, she will walk over to me and grab my face and say mommy, I want.....

Her speech isnt that clear. If she says train it comes out like tren and always with sound effects (like choo choo).

I also thought about the mold thing too. We had a mold issue in the bathroom but it wasnt bad. No black mold.
Also, we just started to re-do our apartment and scraped the cottage cheese ceiling off in the livingroom. It produced soooo much dust. The bedroom that we sleep in still has it. I have often wondered about it. Thank you so much for your response!!

 
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Re: Is my daughter autistic??

It helped me to go on a 4 day rotational diet to find the food problems. Milk products one day, beans/nuts one day, wheat products one day (this includes snacks, bread, pasta, breadings on fried food, etc) only one meat for the day (pork chops, ham, pork roast one day, eggs, chicken, turkey another day, fish/ seafood one day, etc.) There are probably some detailed diets listed on the internet. They don't take away foods, only sort the like ones onto the same days. That's how I found out wheat was making me extraordinally ill. Did you perhaps start your daughter on mostly regular food around age 13-14 months? Put her in day care with odd odors, or, like my son experienced, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. He hated pb& j sandwiches, so I never gave them to him, and told the doctor he never had them. What did mom know. . . . His peanut allergy became so bad the doctor said never let him eat another peanut.

Here's some known problem foods that affect many people: milk, egg (my son is allergic to the sulphur in the yoke), peanut, wheat, soy (often made from wheat), fish as a group, shellfish as a group and then tree nuts -- and the tree nuts might be walnuts or pecans. Also red food coloring.

Things one breathes just needs to be noticed and avoided. It doesn't have to be black mold, just a moldy odor, bathroom, basement, car. Hair spray odor. Yes, the dust from removing the ceiling. One has to be a detective to find out the causes. Keep a record of everything that was eaten or places visited, especially anything different for the 2-3 days prior to the bad episodes. I've also heard the mothers antibodies in the baby protect them for a while, so maybe when yours wore off, the problems started.

Not sure if this would work with someone so small, but I can wear a good quality hepa filter and my inhalant allergies go away. I pretty much have to wear one any time I'm working in the yard due to the mildew odor from the dirt.

 
Old 01-14-2010, 10:36 PM   #6
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roses idea about the rotational idea is an excellent one for your daughter. it would be especially interesting to see what the day off from milk would look like as you said she drinks a lot of milk.

 
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Re: Is my daughter autistic??

I'd like to suggest that you take your little daughter to an allergist. Have her tested for allergies. That way you will know for certain and if this is what is causing her behavior difficulties then it can be treated.
My son , he was constantly ill as a baby, and was too small for his age. Nobody ever suggested that it might be allergies. Even the Dr's ran other tests to rule out possible reasons as to why he was too small and always sick.
It was not until he was 15yrs old, did a wise Dr. finally mention allergies and gave us a referral . Come to find out , my son has many allergies, to the point where he needed shots and medication to control them . I felt so guilty for not knowing and waiting so long . However, it never crossed my mind either.
He was also extremely hyperactive , and agressive , with tantrums when younger. I think their is a definate link to all the behavioral problems . Not for every child, however it was for mine .
My son he is autistic , but the allergies did not help whatsover with his behavior and feeling sick .

 
Old 01-15-2010, 01:36 PM   #8
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Karenpat,
I too would go the allergy route. I work with 2 and 3 year olds and I hear parents complain all the time about changes in behavior-usually it is due to a change in the home situation, such as one of the parents traveling fequently, or a divorce situation. Many times it is caused by some type of allergy, and it can be very hard to pin down.
I will add this, the children that I encounter who have autism usually do not point-they hand lead. If they see something they want, they will come and take our hand and lead us to it. That is a classic sign of autism.
I would visit an allergist and have additional testing done.

 
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Karenpat,
I too would go the allergy route. I work with 2 and 3 year olds and I hear parents complain all the time about changes in behavior-usually it is due to a change in the home situation, such as one of the parents traveling fequently, or a divorce situation. Many times it is caused by some type of allergy, and it can be very hard to pin down.
I will add this, the children that I encounter who have autism usually do not point-they hand lead. If they see something they want, they will come and take our hand and lead us to it. That is a classic sign of autism.
I would visit an allergist and have additional testing done.
I agree with you ... However, higher functioning children with autism do not hand lead. Mainly this behavior is seen with children with limited verbal skills or non verbal children. My son did go through a stage, when young, of taking off and running away.. Their are many autistic behavior s that NOT all children are going to display. Each child is different and not all the autistic characteristics are going to be in each child at any given time. A child who is high functioning can have the verbal skills to communicate their needs, even if it is hard to understand them at first.
My son has autistic disorder and did not do that. However he has many sensory issues , along with other autistic behaviors..

 
Old 01-18-2010, 01:02 PM   #10
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Re: Is my daughter autistic??

Was she by chance running a fever last week? Recent studies show spectrum disorder children will behave more normally during periods of fever.

My 4yo is on the spectrum she has a large vocabulary, knows colors, numbers in english and spanish, and is very effectionate. Her issues are what are referred to as receptive/expressive language disorders. She is very echolalic, meaning repeats what she hears, mostly Dora the Explorer, rather than actual conversation. Luckily her tantrums are mild and short and after months of special ed and speech can usually be resolved.

We had a neurologist evaluate her at about 3yo and tell us she was fine, you're better off having the early childhood special education staff evaluate her, they see and work with ASD's every day.

Good luck

 
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the adamant negative response to "No" is a concern. I do have a friend whose daughter has high functioning autism and her biggest issue is not being able to accept an answer of no. They always have to word their answer differently but to come to the same understanding. "No" is just expressed differently.

My son had autism but no longer does, thanks to a wonderful probiotic blend. I got rid of his swollen gut which un-pinched his vagus nerve and that was it. Got my child back.

I highly recommend probiotics.

 
Old 03-18-2010, 06:58 PM   #12
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Oh my god she sounds like my son who just turned 3 in feb of 2010. iDO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS EITHER!!! MY SON DOES THROW TANTRUMS LOVES TO PLAY WITH OTHER KIDS AND IS VERY FRIENDLY AND SMARTER THEN MOST OF THE KIDS HIS AGE!! hE WILL NOT PEDDLE A BIKE AND ALWAYS WANTS MILK. HE ALSO LOVES JUNKFOOD BUT HE LOVES HIS FRUIT ALSO!! HE EATS A GREAT BREAKFAST AND LUNCH BUT NOT A GREAT DINNER. WANTS ME TO DO EVERYTHING FOR HIM. HE HAS NO INTREST IN TOILET TRAINING AND ALWAYS WANTS ME TO FEED HIM HIS FOOD. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANY OF THIS!!! hOW IS YOUR DAUGHTER NOW???

 
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