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Old 04-08-2010, 11:33 AM   #1
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friend's 4 year old son

My friend's son has been receiving early intervention for speech for several years and has been diagnosed with a behavioral problem (not sure the name, but he gets angry easily and acts out, tearing things apart, etc.).
He still isn't talking and my friend has had him to several specialists. Not one doctor has mentioned autism, but my friend is starting to think her son might be on the spectrum.

The child does show affection toward family and is very loving. However, he doesn't socialize or talk, look people in the eye, smile, etc. and he has a deviant behavior to him where he will destroy things when mad.

Does this sound anything like autism? Is it possible to have autism yet show affection?

 
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Yes it is possible to have autism and be affectionate with family members. Kids on the spectrum can be so different and unique, but the lack of eye contact, speech and socialisation are kind of markers for me. She should maybe do an online autism test on to see how he scores.

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My friend's son has been receiving early intervention for speech for several years and has been diagnosed with a behavioral problem (not sure the name, but he gets angry easily and acts out, tearing things apart, etc.).
He still isn't talking and my friend has had him to several specialists. Not one doctor has mentioned autism, but my friend is starting to think her son might be on the spectrum.

The child does show affection toward family and is very loving. However, he doesn't socialize or talk, look people in the eye, smile, etc. and he has a deviant behavior to him where he will destroy things when mad.

Does this sound anything like autism? Is it possible to have autism yet show affection?
Have your friend contact your local regional center for a evaluation. Your local school district can also do more of a through exam . Scince he is 4 yrs old. Sounds like he needs more help . A child neurolgist is anther way to go , but she will need a referral from his DR . The parents can get more help for their son, but they need to take advantasge of the services that our out there in their county .

 
Old 04-24-2010, 03:20 PM   #4
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absolutely he can show affection and be on the spectrum; tell your friend to call her
school district;he qualifies for a full day preschool program through the IDEA Act for children with disabilities; the school district must test him and provide a program; she can also get him tested privately in addition and bill the district; contact SPAN in your area; this group advocates for special needs children; he need intervention as early as
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