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Old 07-26-2010, 10:26 AM   #1
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does my 3yr old have signs of being autistic??!!!

Hi,

I'm new to this so here goes.....
I am at my wits end with my 3 yr old son. He has always has "weird" wee ways since he was very small. He doesnt like being in places where there are lots of people or strange faces he doesnt know. if my daughter brings home any friends I end up having to ask them to leave as he doesnt like them in the house. He isnt interested in playing with other kids, much rathers being on his own. seems to ignore his grampa, uncle and dad when they talk to him. Has terrible tantrums if anyone closes a door- he then has to go and open it again and close it himself, that is jst a small eg.. it could be putting something in a bag etc etc. Hates getting his tshirt wet, that would make him crazy, have to take it off and get another. wont sit on a seat if there is as much as a tiny wee crumb on it. if you give him a biscuit that happened to be broken.....omg that would be the end of the world to him. He is up most nights till atleast 1am. He is also struggling with peeing in the toilet, he jst wont ask. happy to just stand and let it go, he used to be very good at using the toilet at home but wouldnt dream of peeing in anyone elses toilet he would have a huge tantrum if you tried to take him.
Sorry its a long post! that is just a small part of the issues he has..id never stop typing. I would really appreciate any advice, thanks for reading

 
Old 07-26-2010, 11:10 PM   #2
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Re: does my 3yr old have signs of being autistic??!!!

your son might be showing the signs of asperger's disorder which is a form of autism. you didn't mention about his language - i assume that he is verbal as you didn't say he isn't so that is why i am thinking of asperger's.

many of the anxiety type behaviors that you are describing can be addressed in various ways. i personally believe in low doses of anti anxiety medication or anti OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) symptoms that i am pretty sure that you are seeing a lot of in your son and i think he might be a much happier child if the anxiety and OCD symptoms were lessened.

occupational therapy with an OT who specializes in sensory integration issues could also help.

i would start with making an appointment with a child psychiatrist or child neurologist who has expertise with autism spectrum. then i would call your local school district and describe his issues and see what kinds of programs they might have for him. i am sure they will want to do an evaluation and may even work with the child psych or child neuro. the important thing is to get the evals going to see what kinds of things will help him.

lastly, i would never suggest sending your daughter's friends home - it's not fair to her and she will resent it. i have been there and what i have done is literally stay in my son's room entertaining him and watching him while he does what he likes, including having snacks, watch tv if he will, read to him, whatever it takes to amuse him and make him "accept" that your daughter can and will have friends over. i feel this is very important. good luck and keep posted about any appointments you make.

 
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:32 PM   #3
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Re: does my 3yr old have signs of being autistic??!!!

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Hi,

I'm new to this so here goes.....
I am at my wits end with my 3 yr old son. He has always has "weird" wee ways since he was very small. He doesnt like being in places where there are lots of people or strange faces he doesnt know. if my daughter brings home any friends I end up having to ask them to leave as he doesnt like them in the house. He isnt interested in playing with other kids, much rathers being on his own. seems to ignore his grampa, uncle and dad when they talk to him. Has terrible tantrums if anyone closes a door- he then has to go and open it again and close it himself, that is jst a small eg.. it could be putting something in a bag etc etc. Hates getting his tshirt wet, that would make him crazy, have to take it off and get another. wont sit on a seat if there is as much as a tiny wee crumb on it. if you give him a biscuit that happened to be broken.....omg that would be the end of the world to him. He is up most nights till atleast 1am. He is also struggling with peeing in the toilet, he jst wont ask. happy to just stand and let it go, he used to be very good at using the toilet at home but wouldnt dream of peeing in anyone elses toilet he would have a huge tantrum if you tried to take him.
Sorry its a long post! that is just a small part of the issues he has..id never stop typing. I would really appreciate any advice, thanks for reading
Hello -

My little Grandson has been diagnosed with Autism. I wouldn't want to suggest your little one has Autism too. However, I can say that by what little you described your son's personality, you have good reason to look for answers/help.

A diagnosis might take perhaps a team of Dr's. However, I can suggest some things you may want to try. Some of these things will be a true test on your neves and pocket book, but they may prove to help you son tremendously.

1. Make an appointment with a DAN (Defeat Autism Now) Dr. These are Medical Dr's that specialize in Autism and the Spectrum. Check them out meticulously before signing up. Not all of them are what they say. It may take 6-months or longer before you can see a reputable one.

2. Immediately, change is his diet to EXCLUDE: Gluten/ Casien/ Sugar/ Aspartame/ Red Food Coloring/ MSG. Give him ONLY Antibiotic/Grass Fed Beef/ Free Range Chicken/ Organic Chicken Eggs/ NON Mercury fish. NO Soy ... it is hard to digest. Please , just give it a shot for 4-wks or so ... you may be astonished at the outcome. He may have very particular taste buds and will only eat certain items, but stand strong and do the best you can.

3. NO Immunizations until he is diagnosed and then ONLY on a Scheduled Basis
4. NO Antibiotics unless ABSOLUTELY necessary
5. NO drugs to 'calm' him down
6. NO occupational therapy until you have a diagnosis
7. Give him soaking baths that include 3-Cups of Epsom Salts
8. If you have access to a Hyperbaric Chamber ... do it
9. Take him for Chiropractic adjustments
10. See if you can get a Dr to prescribe B12 ... shots
11. to help him sleep, try using very heavy blankets to 'weight' him down ... see if he is comforted with being swaddled.
12. Encourage eye contact, but don't demand it ... wait for a complete diagnosis before trying behavior items.

None of these suggested items can hurt your child. If he has Autism any or all of these suggestion might help him.

The most important thing to do is act as quickly as possible. Lastly pick up a Jenny McCarthy book ... she has written several on Autism and the Spectrum. I'm praying your little one is not on the spectrum. In the meantime you'll learn a lot about this terrible health issue.

My heart goes out to you. Love

 
Old 08-16-2010, 09:57 PM   #4
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Re: does my 3yr old have signs of being autistic??!!!

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Hi,

I'm new to this so here goes.....
I am at my wits end with my 3 yr old son. He has always has "weird" wee ways since he was very small. He doesnt like being in places where there are lots of people or strange faces he doesnt know. if my daughter brings home any friends I end up having to ask them to leave as he doesnt like them in the house. He isnt interested in playing with other kids, much rathers being on his own. seems to ignore his grampa, uncle and dad when they talk to him. Has terrible tantrums if anyone closes a door- he then has to go and open it again and close it himself, that is jst a small eg.. it could be putting something in a bag etc etc. Hates getting his tshirt wet, that would make him crazy, have to take it off and get another. wont sit on a seat if there is as much as a tiny wee crumb on it. if you give him a biscuit that happened to be broken.....omg that would be the end of the world to him. He is up most nights till atleast 1am. He is also struggling with peeing in the toilet, he jst wont ask. happy to just stand and let it go, he used to be very good at using the toilet at home but wouldnt dream of peeing in anyone elses toilet he would have a huge tantrum if you tried to take him.
Sorry its a long post! that is just a small part of the issues he has..id never stop typing. I would really appreciate any advice, thanks for reading
Hello -

My little Grandson was finally diagnosed with Autism at 5, however the signs were noticable at 6-months. Years were wasted on a Reputable Pediatrician who dismissed Autism. His parents, my children are Homeopathic (no Immunizations), however, she was induced with Petossin during his birth. By following the items below, this little boy has come a LONG way and continues to improve. As a matter of fact if you met him (now 6), you might thing he simply has a discipline problem.

He is like being on speed and still today, if it's not his way, it's the highway, just as one of the other responders suggested. :-) We have not resorted to Drugs yet ... just keep moving at a good pace tyring to recover our little one.

I wouldn't want to suggest your little one has Autism too. However, I can say that by what little you described your son's personality, you have good reason to look for answers/help.

A diagnosis might take perhaps a team of Dr's. However, I can suggest some things you may want to try. Some of these things will be a true test on your neves and pocket book, but they may prove to help you son tremendously.

1. Make an appointment with a DAN (Defeat Autism Now) Dr. These are Medical Dr's that specialize in Autism and the Spectrum. Check them out meticulously before signing up. Not all of them are what they say. It may take 6-months or longer before you can see a reputable one.

2. Immediately, change is his diet to EXCLUDE: Gluten/ Casien/ Sugar/ Aspartame/ Red Food Coloring/ MSG. Give him ONLY Antibiotic/Grass Fed Beef/ Free Range Chicken/ Organic Chicken Eggs/ NON Mercury fish. NO Soy ... it is hard to digest. Please , just give it a shot for 4-wks or so ... you may be astonished at the outcome. He may have very particular taste buds and will only eat certain items, but stand strong and do the best you can.

3. NO Immunizations until he is diagnosed with what ever and then ONLY on a Scheduled Basis
4. NO Antibiotics unless ABSOLUTELY necessary
5. NO drugs unless ABSOLUTELY necessary
6. NO occupational therapy until you have a diagnosis
7. Give him soaking baths that include 3-Cups of Epsom Salts
8. If you have access to a Hyperbaric Chamber ... do it
9. Take him for Chiropractic adjustments

11. to help him sleep, try using very heavy blankets to 'weight' him down ... see if he is comforted with being swaddled.
12. Encourage eye contact, but don't demand it

None of these suggested items can hurt your child. If he has Autism any or all of these suggestions might help him.

The most important thing to do is act as quickly as possible. The idea being to DeTox his little body of things that may be exaserbating his possible health issues. Pick up a Jenny McCarthy book ... she has written several on Autism and the Spectrum. I'm praying your little one is not on the spectrum. In the meantime you'll learn a lot about this terrible health issue.

My heart goes out to you. Love

 
Old 08-18-2010, 04:42 PM   #5
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Re: does my 3yr old have signs of being autistic??!!!

One of my 3 children is autistic. He was diagnosed at 2 years old. He was able to receive therapy through an early intervention program and then began school at age 3 - in the Individual Education Program (IEP). I'm not sure if your child is able to talk yet, but they taught him sign language as he was still learning to talk at age 3. Now he's 8 years old and can talk, read, write, add, subtract, tell time and it is amazing how independent he is. Like the other post, I did cut back on gluten. Instead of regular pasta, I use brown rice pasta- (available at Walmart now) when we have speghetti and meatsauce and he loves red beans and rice. I noticed how calm he tends to be when there's less gluten in his system. I also give him yogurt, so that the foods he eat at school will break down better. (He does intake gluten in school.) Vitamin B12, omega 3- whatever helps the nervous system. He has never been on any medication. Anyway, my son has grown out of most of the things he struggled with when he was younger. Hopefully, it will go well with your child.

 
Old 08-21-2010, 01:28 PM   #6
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Hi Sally,
It does sound like your child could have autism. Early intervention is key. Children with autism or on the autism spectrum do improve with appropriate therapies. A team approach is best so a special needs preschool with speech-language and occupational therapists and special education teachers is very important. Good luck! Mary

 
Old 02-11-2011, 08:20 PM   #7
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If so, you will have to change his diet drastically: no gluten and no caseine. This will make a HUGe difference. See more info in book on this at amazon.

 
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I am going to be the devils' advocate here. First of all their is no scientific proof that change in diet or holding back vaccines/which is dangerous to do. A lot of parents are desparate and will try almost anything for their child . My son does have autism. He was diagnosed at age 4, and he is now 17.
I strongly agree about early intervention . This can make a huge difference , changing some behaviors , and stopping them before they become ingrained in the child's behavior.
Your daughter should be allowed to have her friends over , even if it is not to your son's liking. He should not get his way in social situations regarding your daughters friends.
First thing that is important is to have your child get evaluated by a specialist. One who specializes in developmental disabilites. Their are some disorders that mimic autism , and overlap each other. That is why it is so important to have him seen by specialist.

 
Old 02-18-2011, 04:30 AM   #9
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I agree with mscat 40 about diet. If your child will eat a varied, healthy diet that is good. Many children with autism are very picky.

 
Old 02-19-2011, 09:39 PM   #10
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Re: does my 3yr old have signs of being autistic??!!!

hi... you know, i pretty much just posted the same thing as my son who is five. im wondering the same thing.... if he autistic too. i have a 3 year old who is diagnosed with pdd/ autism. and he does all the same things your son does. i would see what ur state has for refrences as far as birth to 3 or counceling goes for your son. they may be able to help you out some how seeming how hes still young. good luck. i wish you all the best in your venture to finding answers .

 
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Please do not do anything drastic , by changing his diet or adding anything just yet. He has to be formally evaluated first by a specialist who diagnoses autistic spectrum disorders. If he is on the spectrum, then you can ask the specialist about diet and vitamins . I am just telling you this because a growing child needs specific nutrients in order to grow and develop. If he is on the spectrum their are a lot of early interventions he can attend , in special classrooms during his preschool years, all the way up to age 22.

 
Old 04-27-2011, 03:26 PM   #12
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Certainly sounds like autism to me my boy does some of the same things. Hates to get his hands dirty. One time we were at a garage sale and just whipped it and peed right there. All we could say was thank God we didn't know them and that it was in another town.LOL
One thing Sally keep a sense of humor you are going to need it. I try not to compare him to other kids. Take him to your Pediatrician and ask if he can refer you to a psychiatrist for testing. A psychiatrist not a Psychologist they can't give meds. They will get you the help he needs and don't wait the sooner the better. ALso watch the movie Temple Grandin Thinking in pictures. That movie really puts it all together and helps you understand. And know you are not alone there are so many kids with autism it is like an epidemic. There is alot of help you just have to look. God BLess! NINI

 
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