I have a 21 month old foster boy who we have cared for since birth til he was 12 months, then he went back to his mum until a few weeks ago and now is back with us. We have maintaned contact during the time he was back with his mum.
We suspect now, and always have, that there is something different about him. He was a very good baby, he slept and fed well, but was noticeably expressionless, not an animated babbly, smiley, chirpy baby. He was much much less engaged with his world than other children and this was noticed by everyone who spent time with him. He had poor core strength and head control for a long time. He was slow to roll, slow to crawl, but walked on time. A MCH mentioned to me once that he displayed many of the things that children who grow up to be on the spectrum do as babies.
Now, his only spontaneous word is 'peese'(please) and says something like mummy and dadda. His mother says that he has more words but I am yet to hear them. He is off in his own little world, plays alone, driving cars and trains, has a very blank face much of the time. He doesn't make much eye contact, he is very fragile and cries easily. He is bonded with us but not overly affectionate. He gets very distressed when I leave him with other people of at daycare.
Is he too young to be taking to a paed for a chat? Can you tell me about your ASD child as a baby and toddler? WDYT?