| | autism and child interaction
I have written before regarding my 32 month old son and have received some great advice, however I am still confused over interaction. My son has now been flagged up 4 times for possible autism and now we are awaiting formal diagnosis later in the year. The doctor said she just needs more information from his special needs nursery regarding how he interacts with other children. The nursery have said to me that he has never interacted with another child but does with adults and always on his terms.He can be rather forceful in ensuring this. I have read that children of this age do not interact with other children anyway. He has good eye contact with family and friends when he wants, but will often completely ignore us and not even respond to his name, if we turn him to face us he will look the other way, however I find it confusing because when he goes for clinic appointments/assessments he gives no eye contact, does not respond to their questions and just lines toys up and has rages. At home he interacts quite well and thrives attention, often too much and he seems to dominate the whole household, not giving you any choice but to play at his games. He also loves rough and tumble play, singing etc. He does have a language delay and can often speak in an unusual tone/accent and tends to repeat words alot. He walks on his tiptoes, flaps his hands and his movements can sometimes be a little jerky. He also shakes his head, shrugs his shoulders. He has a sensitivity to noise and texture and has frequent,severe rages, often over nothing obvious or it could be he has dropped a toy or a train has fallan off the track. His play can be very repetitive and he is obsessed with thomas, watching it all day if allowed and playing trains. He has however talked jargon into a toy phone and fed his toy elmo a sweet, would a child with autism do this. I expect my son will probably get a diagnosis and I guess then I will stop constantly analysing him and settle down a bit, however it is hard to except when you are unsure yourself. I know something is different about him. Does it sound like autism to anyone?