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