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Posted by Alison on October 08, 2000 at 09:39:49:

In Reply to: Is this typical behavior for an autistic child???? posted by Nancy on October 07, 2000 at 14:12:10:

Hi Nancy,

my two year old recently developed some mysterious aversions, after his last bout with antibiotics. He used to love Bert and Ernie, carried them everywhere, and now he freaks out if I put a video with the two of them on. At one point it was so bad he'd wail if he saw the two of them. Slowly, by degrees, we're working Bert and Ernie back into his repertoire. He still won't deal with Cookie Monster, who he used to love. It's hard to say what set him off about them, but it's obviously real to him. All kids develop some irrational fears; they see something and it makes them turn a corner in their mind, someplace they never went before and maybe didn't want to go. When Evan is feeling really putrid, he develops irrational fears of bathing, walking out onto our front porch, and (his weirdest one, yet), if you pretend to feed food to his toys. Yep. Total flip-out. I did it once and got this reaction, so I stopped. At his developmental pediatrician's visit, the doctor tried to do it (not knowing) and Evan again flipped out, took the toys and the toy cup and threw them across the room. This is something we're SLOWLY working on; recently we got him to feed his toys from a fake baby bottle and we test the boundaries here and there. He did get over his aversion to leaving the house, although like any kid he has good days and bad days. On another note, whereas he used to be the world's most fearless child, he's also developed some "normal" anxiety about parts in videos where people fight, or where the bad guy shows up. He'll watch, but he'll go stand in the hall and listen 'til the scary parts are over, then come back. Sometimes I wonder if he didn't have a bad dream about muppets, or something. I tend to categorize this with his maniacal laughing, or mysterious crying (both of which have pretty much cleared up); he wasn't doing it for no reason, when I listened to his "chatter" while he was laughing, he was echoing lines from a funny video he really likes. With the crying, I think a series of events made him think of something that really frustrated or scared him, and he relived it. It is SO HARD to know what's an autistic symptom, and what's just being a kid (my sister's non-ASD three year old always says, "I hate you!" and hits when she gets mad)


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