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I too saw the show and I am a mother to 3 children, my oldest having autism. I can understand your concern. This is a very controversial topic and the link to immunizations is the biggest in the autism community. They have also had reports that yeast, older fathers, excessive prenatal ultrasounds, television and some other things that I am forgetting about right now are also the cause of autism. Autism is considered a social disorder and with that go along with sensory issues, language, processing problems to say a few. As you know, a child interacts with people as soon as they are born. They do it through eye contact, cooing and facial expressions.

I personally am of the genetic theory. I can see now that my father-in-law, brother-in-law and my husband have tendencies, not to say some kids don't have a enviromental factor or trigger.....I just believe in our case, our son was born with autism and we noticed little things here and there as far back as 6 months old.

My son is also considered very mild. He is seen very typical to peers and their parents. We had him in early intervention at 2 years and I have worked with him constantly.

We have a 3 1/2 year old boy who is developing typically. We also have a 20 month old girl who is showing a language delay (both verbally and non-verbally) who I have a little concern with. Her strenghts are so strong that she doesn't seem to be on the "autistic spectrum," but despite of that we also have her in early intervention.

My feelings are that my children are probably genetically predisposed. after seeing that tv show.....I am rattled. I am hearing more and more children being diagnosed after 2 years old. Could it be that there are 2 types of autism? One genetic where as kids have signs in infancy and another type where it is a later onset that reacted to a enviromental trigger- like the MMR and developed between 2 and 3 years old. Could it be that parents didn't notice the signs until they were supose to hit those big language milestones?
When my son was finally diagnosed at 4, we read that the chances of having another child with autism was 10% (I think it was a old book) since then we know a family who has 3 out of their 4 boys on the spectrum. We actually had a sigh or relief when we found out we were having a girl because the incidence of having a girl with autism is so much lower.....since then we met a family who's both girls are on the spectrum.

Check this out on the "autism" board on this site. You will find a lot of opinions there and it may help you with your decision.

My husband and I just discussed this at lunch and decided to delay my daughter's 24 month old shots until she is over 3 years. Our speech therapist told us today that most of children are showing signs between 18 and 28 months. We don't want to take a chance with our history. We have a great doctor who reaaly repects my thoughts and goes along with us.
Look into your family history. Weigh the pro and cons...... If it is a private preschool they can do whatever they want and ask your son to leave. If you are reallly concerned maybe you can delay immunizations and wait until he is older than 3 to go.

Good luck with your decision. I hope I didn't confuse you more. Any questions just ask:angel: