Re: 11 month old not responding to name
Hi, i dont really have an answer to your question, as your daughter is very young its hard to give an answer regarding autism. i can share my story with you but this is no indication of how your daughter will develop. reading over your post there are a few early indications of a possible spectrum disorder but mostly are not.
i noticed a few odd things about my dd when she was 14 months, in a similar story to yours, she didnt respond to her name and her eye contact was varied. she seemed different to the other children at toddler group. she liked to play alone, didnt follow directions, she didnt point or make gestures. after a long process we are finally getting somewhere, doctors say she has a global development delay and will be testing for autism on the 23rd of this month. they think she is somewhere near the high functioning level of autism.
she turned 3 last week and in the uk the system is different. the reason she is being tested now is because she does not speak or understand communication. the rest of things (which are similar to you daughter) she now does. my point being, if my daughter was being tested based on the issues you are having with your dd, she would not be classed as autistic as they developed over time. the eye contact is now constant, she responds to her name, she plays along side other children nicely, makes gestures, brings me toys etc. all of these things she never did but because at 14 months, she was still so young to be doing them. the only things that remain the same now, and that you stated, are the high pitch sounds (she has always done this and still does) and she also makes the monster like sound of "eee ahhhh" (similar to ahhhh).
the chances are that your daughter will also start doing these things over time, at 11 months she is still a baby. both my friends son and my brothers son did not point or wave bye till they were 12 and 13 months.
i wouldnt worry just yet, especially as some of the things you said are really positive. at 14 months, if i asked my daughter to hand me a ball, she wouldnt even know what a ball was. i would give the eye contact/name responding a bit more time. some children are just so interested in the world around them that its maybe a bit boring to get distracted by mum and dad who they see everyday, a bit like selective hearing?? obviously if in a few months she still doesnt respond then it could be a reason to be concerned, but just for now id say prob not.
you could always try this aswell, to work on my daughters eye contact, i would hold objects she liked up close to my eyes so she was forced to look in that direction. we also had a method of bubble blowing as she loves bubbles, we hold the bubbles up and whenever she made eye contact we would blow a bubble, then wait for her to make eye contact again, then blow and so on. she learnt that if she wanted us to blow the bubbles she would need to give us an indication of eye contact first, not just look at the bubbles.
try not to worry *hugs*