Hi, I'm new to this and extremely afraid and nervous about my daughters health and well being. I'm a military spouse currently living overseas. My daughter turned 11 months old last Saturday. She was born 5 weeks early, but we don't consider her a premie. We left the hospital 48 hours after birth and she didn't require any special care. We had the early intervention specialists evaluate her this morning. We are trying to get paperwork filled out so we can start working with her as soon as we move to the states at the end of November. We are waiting to get their full written report. Here is what I've noticed:
She doesn't respond to me (or her dad) calling her name EVER. It is like she can't hear us, but we know she can.
She will look up at me if I make an "Ahhh" or "baba" or other silly sound.
She notices all of the sounds in her environment and turns to investigate (birds, wind in trees, lawn mowers, kids playing, etc)
Today the EDIS people were able to get her to look at them when they called her name. They mentioned it might be because it is a "new noise" to her not actually a word.
She will reach for her ball if I say "where is your ball"
She holds her hands up to be picked up.
Eye contact is lacking a lot it with us (mom and dad). I can get her to look at me if I make a funny noise or cough usually. She will look at strangers or kids if they come up to her. She will ignore me if I try talking to her when we play on the floor.
She will imitate banging things together most of the time.
She will clap and reach for things she wants, but doesn't wave (we've been trying for a month really hard).
She doesn't seem too interested in peek a boo
She makes bababa, mamama, dadada sounds, but never on request.
She likes to say "ahhhhh" in this deep throaty voice we call her "monster sound". When she gets excited around other kids she makes the high pitch squels.
She seems to like to try to feed me pieces of her banana in the morning, but is looking at my mouth not eyes.
She will not let me look at the computer or sit at a table without picking her up. Also, she doesn't like me to leave the room. Even if she is playing alone. She will cry or follow me to the bathroom and kitchen.
Physically she does great. She is a lightning fast crawler, walks along table and reaches from chair to chair. She stands on the outside of her exersaucer to play instead of being inside.
She still nurses as part of our nap and night time routine. She didn't like rice cereal or oatmeal, but was ok with some baby foods. Feeds herself cheerios, melon, chicken, past, veggies, bread.
She loves the bath and being outside.
We really protect her nap and sleep schedule and routine. She nurses, has the sound machine turned on pretty loud and all sleep is in her crib in her very dark room. We put her in it awake and she puts herself to sleep. Sometimes she cries or plays for a bit with her sleep lovie. Other times she rolls over and goes to sleep right away.
I'm scared and terrified for her. Anyone out there notice similar things with there kids? I know she is only 11 months, but I can't ignore that she won't ever respond to her name and other communication issues like eye contact and not imitating with gestures or sounds. Like I said she doesn't really involve me in her play, but likes me to be there. Most of the time if I hold my hand out she will give me what she is holding, but continues doing what she was doing.
Thanks in advance to everyone out there for taking the time to read this.
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.