I'd like some opinions for anyone who has dealt with autism in children. My son is five and I'm wanting to take him to a specialist but it isn't doable at the moment. My reasons for thinking it may be autism are as follows:
1. His fascination with fans. He prefers to turn fans on and off all day rather than play with toys. He will play with toys for short periods of time but always goes back to fans and for a much longer time period.
2.He doesn't really pretend when he plays and lines up all his cars in a long row instead of actual imaginative play.
3.He is extremely sensitive to sounds and will scream and cover his ears if someone sings. He will also do this if you use and appliance such as a blender or if kids play and scream too loud.
4.He does not like to play with kids and unless forced to like in kindergarten he prefers to just be by himself or grownups.
5.He is an extremely picky eater and will eat practically nothing but one item for a week or so at a time and it must always be served the same way.
6.He flips out if someone he doesn't know trys to talk to him and will only let a small group of people give him hugs.
7.His speech is a bit delayed and when he does use it her prefers to just repeat what you've said, repeat a cartoon he's watched, or ask where something came from and thats about it.
It sounds like he has the behavior of someone who is Autistic. We are going through a similar situation with our son. The assessment process is extremely expensive. I don't know if you feel that maybe he will make improvements on his own? I know we feel that way. Not sure if we want to label him. It's the whole risk vs. reward. Just a question, does anyone in your family on the Autism Spectrum? My son is possibly an Aspie. I read a book by the author, Jim Atwood. As I was reading I realized that I possibly have Asperger's. If someone is, or possibly is in your son's family, that would definitely increase the likelihood of Autism. I was doing my own research and found a lot of information on eye tracking for diagnosing Autism. It is ONE of the methods they are using to test younger children. It may be a easier way to get more information before the huge assessment process. Anyway, I wish you the best with your son.
hi my daughter has autism, she is almost 4. autism is a very wide spectrum and can show in many ways. some of the things you mentioned does sound like possible autism. i know you say that at the moment its not possible to get him checked over but its something you need to do sooner than later. the younger a child starts therapy the better the chances of improving. you can work on some things at home, try to make regular eye contact with your son, hold objects he wants up near your eyes so he knows to look in that direction, holding objects out of reach is also a good way to encourage pointing etc, he needs to communicate everything he needs other than just giving it straight to him. when he does communicate praise him. read to him, point and name everything. your son may or may not be autistic but remember its not the end of the world, you will receive plenty of support and help for your son
It sounds like Autism.
My son has ASD and it doesn't run in our family at all. The Doctor thinks it came from the horrific childbirth we had to endure.
Best of luck to you. I hope you can get him in to see a Doctor soon. Schools don't tend to be very helpful unless they have a diagnosis.
hi, i have been interested in forms of autism because i have a good friend who has it. also one of my grandsons has recently be identified as possible. he is in pre-school here, just turned 4. the school is sending him 3 days a week to a class to help autistic children. i went to the party in his class last week. i watched him with other children at play. he just stands without any desire to interact with them. this made me sad, he isn't like that at home with his family. he likes us to interact with him. but this is common, they are more interactive with only their close family they have known since infancy. doesn't your school system offer help for free. where we live, the state is becoming more aware of the need to recognize and help children at an early age. you might check with you state school system for any aid they might have.