Hi, I am new here and looking for help with my son. He is about to turn two and is displaying more autistic symptoms as the days go by. He doesnt attempt to speak much and has little eye contact. He follows lines in floor back and forth until he is distracted by something else. He has just started spinning for short periods of time and banging his head on the floor when he's mad. He has been more manageable until recently he gets upset more easily and he has almost No communication so it's hard to console him. He will say a few words but not often and he doesn't pay any attention to me so it's hard to teach him. Anyone have any tips on how to teach him? Also did anyone have a similar situation and if so when did your child start talking?
I'm going through a similar situation with my son. He's been displaying signs of autism for as long as I can remember, but when he started to make some noticable improvements, I thought perhaps there was nothing to worry about. Then during a routine appointment with his doctor, it was recommended that he get screened for autism. My son is not talking yet and does not make any attempts to communicate. He has a difficult time making eye contact and paying attention to others, much like your son.
The only thing I can recommend is to have your son screened for autism. Have you voiced your concerns to your son's doctor? Our son's doctor has a survey that patients fill out each visit, and the survey will usually give the doctor a clue as to whether a child should be further evaluated. If you feel the issue is more pressing, I would try to look for places in the area that perform screenings. When you call, try giving them a little background information on your son.
Hi my son is almost 4 and has a diagnosis of autism. He was very simular to your son in the sence that I couldn't get his attention.He attends a specialist centre for autistic children and when he first started they would play alongside him mimicking his actions to gain his attention , they would also sing everything , so for example build with blocks singing, build a tower, build a tower,build it high, to the sky, (CHILDS NAME) knock it over, (CHILDS NAME) knock it over. ready, steady go.
This was repeated over and over for weeks. They would never invade on his play so for example if he was playing trains they would have 2 tracks with trains and mimic him and then try to add something that he may notice and then copy or he would take their hand to make them repeat the action and then sign and say more, more tower, more bubbles etc, so you would blow bubbles and wait for a response from the child before continuing and this would encourage interaction.
We did a course called, hannen more than words and there is also a book which is excellent in providing information in supporting your child in there speech and language and also in there interactions. It has different sections depending on your childs stage, we found this to be extremely helpful.
I also agree with the last post that you should have him avaluated as early intervention is vital and the assessment period can take a long time. You could do an online screening for autism called mchat, this will give a risk or no risk for autism and the information would be useful to present to the doctor.
Does your son also demonstrate any sensory behaviour such as unusual hand movements, hand flapping, toe walking. Does he have any unusual reactions to light, touch, sound,smell etc
My son had 4 words at age two, 15 at 2yrs and 4 months.He would echoe what people said and still does this now. This increased and then lots of short phrases and since around three and a half years some independent speech which include his first sentences.
He has had allot of intervention though since age two.
Anyway hope I have helped and if you would like to ask anything else, please feel free.