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Old 11-09-2011, 03:15 PM   #1
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Angry dilemma over son's special needs/possible autism

My son is almost three and has been flagged up numerous times for autism. I however feel very confused as whilst it is clear that he has difficulties I am not convinced it is autism and find myself constantly observing his behaviour.I do not know however what his symptoms mean if he wasn't. We are at present on a waiting list for further assessment and possible diagnosis.
His main symptoms are hand flapping, toe walking, head shaking, a delay in his speech and language skills [he has however recently improved dramatically and now has around 70 words and just started to speak a few sentences]poor receptive language, severe rages every day, no sence of danger,sensory issues regarding sound and texture,he has good eye contact when he interacts but not so good if we try to interact with him.He does not play with other children but thrives adult attention constantly and can be very forceful in ensuring this. His behaviour is also very repetitive and restricted.He has a fascination with lights and switches.
Although he has many signs of autism he is full of personality and it could never be said that he is in a world of his own and he interacts well with adults. I do not know if his speech is too good to be on the spectrum. Are their any other disorders that have similar symptoms to autism.Much of the time apart from his hand flapping he appears normal.
Could someone please advice or do you have a child who sounds similar to my son.The not knowing is causing me to become very low.I should also add that he did not respond to his name until he was two or follow a point also no single words until he was 18 months and only recently joining words but can sing nursery rhymes very well. please help

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Old 06-15-2012, 03:24 AM   #2
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Re: dilema over sons special needs/possible autism

Hi, my daughter (11) has displayed odd behaviours over the years, all very mild so not too noticeable. So ive been looking on line for possible causes. Have you googled high functioning autism? Or PDD-NOS? These both are higher function ASD. Which have signs of classic autism but not everything. If you haven't (I'm sure you probably have, but just in case) might be worth a look. Good luck, wish I could be of more help

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Thankyou. My son has now been diagnosed with autism, so Its now just about exceptence and getting him the help he needs. Has your daughter been assessed?

Old 06-17-2012, 05:46 AM   #4
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Re: dilema over sons special needs/possible autism

Hi im glad you have a diagnoses, hopefully now your son can get the help he needs.
ive just started on the road to diagnoses, so no news as yet, im hopeful I will at least get an appointment with a specialist, just to talk to someone who knows about ASD. Like i said, my daughter has mild problems but they are becoming more apparent as she gets older so hopefully we will get some help if needed.
good luck with your son, it goes to show us mums do know our children the best and know if some things not right! that will give me the courage to push if we are just brushed off with 'she is fine.'
take care
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Re: dilemma over son's special needs/possible autism

GAPS diet (Gut And PSychology Syndrome) it works wonders for symptoms of autism.

Old 09-25-2013, 09:05 AM   #6
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Re: dilemma over son's special needs/possible autism

Hi Peyto. You just described my son to a T! He has PDD NOS and was diagnosed when he was three. There wasn't a ceiling fan he didn't like, and to this day, if he is excited he will "whoop" and toe walk. He is now almost 16 and is thriving.

It has not been an easy road, but so worth it.

When he was diagnosed at 3, I was told to love him and take care of him until he was 18 then, my husband and I should put him in a home so we could have a "normal" marriage.

He wasn't supposed to talk (he absolutely loves to tease his sister), he wasn't supposed to read (he reads anything to due with Starwars), wasn't going to participate in sports (he is now going for his Blue Belt in Karate).

DO NOT listen to what your kid can't do! It was my pleasure to prove everyone wrong.

He is in a special needs program with other kids that are like minded, and has 2 friends.

Good luck to you.

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