Hi all I was just wanting to ask a question about ASD. My husband has Aspergers and i was told to be on the lookout for it with our son. Our son is now 16 months and i was wondering if its too early to be overly concerned about him having Aspergers. What do i look out for? Thanks
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01-02-2014 18:55 #1
How early is too early?
02-02-2014 10:22 #2Senior Member
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Is he displaying any behaviours that you are concerned about? If not, I wouldn't stress yourself analysing everything unnecessarily, if he does have Aspergers then it will make itself clear soon enough.
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12-02-2014 21:56 #3Senior Member
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When it comes to your child, its hard not to worry, especially when someone tells you there is likely-hood of something being different. If your boy is going to be on the spectrum, then he's going to be and that is that sure enough.
16 months is a little young, although it is possible to notice signs now. But that makes it hard, you may not notice anything and you have false relief that everything is ok, only to notice ASD traits down the track. I wish I could be more reassuring, but unfortunately that is the nature of it, there are no assurances and no time frames. Its just wait and see.
If you can take your mind off it and go on about your daily life without stressing until you know for sure - great!!! But if your like me and desperate for answers, advice, tips and insight, there are some basic traits I can tell you to watch for.
First and foremost, just like any other child, kids with asbergers and ASD are all different. Some have may one, or some or all traits, some may have none of these but something else. These include (but not limited to);
- Lining toys up. This can include lining them up in a row, or grouping them in colours, sizes and/or type (ie: cars with cars, planes with planes ect)
-Limited or no eye contact.
-Obsessiveness. This can be tricky as almost all children at this age are obsessive about something and don't like sharing, so even though this can be a trait, don't over read it yet.
-Over excitement at spinning wheels, ceiling fans ect.
-Not liking or coping with bright lights, loud noises ect.
-Not wanting to interact.
-Not appearing to listen or hear you.
-Obsessive behaviour such as rocking back and forth, constantly squeezing themselves in tight spaces.
My DS is ASD, and diagnosed at 2. I was told that is very young for a diagnosis. Though he is mild, and it was not apparent to most people in the begining, I felt there was something amiss.
His interaction with me now is great, he has always loved cuddles. Eye contact was limited int he beginning, but now is great. He lines up his cars, groups his toys, is over obsessed with car wheels and fans ect. Had some limited tip-toe walking, and occasionally flaps his hands, but noises, sounds and lights have never bothered him.
Hope this gives you some insight and helps you along the way. Goodluck!
12-02-2014 22:26 #4
12-02-2014 22:27 #5
Thanks so much. Atm he rocks back and forth, flaps hands and screeches for food. I try not to overanalyse things but its hard.
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16-02-2014 21:24 #6Senior Member
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Lottiemum- Sounds like ASD traits, but it's not set in concrete. My DS is ASD, he only started flapping his arms 15 months after he was diagnosed. Yes it's hard not to analyse things. I'd like to make it easier, but it's your journey. Just remember those feelings, the hope, the doubt, the stress, the guilt (if any), the hurt, the loneliness - your not alone. PM if you want to.
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16-02-2014 21:59 #7
My bub is 10m old and I have been really stressed she has ASD.
She hits herself in the head/ears but then she doesn't have a tooth (so could be teething). She rocks her bum sometimes and arm flaps.
She doesn't do anything else yet but shes majorly fussy with food and we blw.
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