DS is 19 months (20 months in a few days), the last few months ive noticed some things that make me think he may have autism. First off he doesnt respond to his name unless your right up next to him, loves to spin in circles, knows only a few words (mumma, dadda, nanna, bottle, shoes, spoon, night hi and bye) runs back and forth from the lounge to the front door, constantly bumps into things like if he has a pull along toy he wil look behind him while walking not in front of him. The last few weeks he has become very fussy with food, he wont eat meat he will only eat biscuits, a sandwich, noodles or liquid foods. Im hoping im wrong and that it he just has delayed development but i cant stop looking at the signs of autism and seeing that he has a few of them
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22-08-2014 17:44 #1
Could my DS have autism?
22-08-2014 18:01 #2
He sounds perfectly normal to me. Toddlers are crazy critters and go up and down back and forth. 19 months is still young, try not to stress and just keep an eye on him.
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22-08-2014 18:09 #3
Maybe there's an underlying issue. Perhaps get his ears checked?? If he doesn't respond to his name unless next to him or randomly falls over he may have hearing or balance problems.
I'd prob voice my concerns to a MCHN or GP and go from there.
22-08-2014 18:10 #4
Sounds like my class of two year olds, from experience we've been told to wait until they are three before we have concerns about these behaviour traits.
22-08-2014 18:16 #5
22-08-2014 20:17 #6
If you are worried/concerned it might be worth asking your GP for a referral to a speech path or paed now, only because in some areas there can be long waiting lists for these services and it may be months before he is seen. If everything is fine when an appt is offered then you don't have to accept it. But if you wait until he is 3 then you may have another 6 months or more to wait for an appt. Early intervention can make a huge difference.
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23-08-2014 01:57 #7Member
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I think he sounds pretty normal for his age! Boys can be crazy creatures as toddlers. My son (no autism) had fewer words than your son at that age and we started speech therapy at 2. He didn't talk until 3. I couldn't go anywhere with him as he couldn't sit still, and he had some odd behaviour with how he would play. My advice would be to try not to stress out at this stage. See a speech therapist if he doesn't pick up by 2 - early intervention is best, don't give into fussy eating: children won't starve themselves - he will eat if he gets hungry enough. Also, a day at daycare from 2 worked well for my son to build up socialisation skills - he hated going but by 3 he started to enjoy it. Just my opinions that worked for us. My son was just a late developer and this is common with boys compared to girls
23-08-2014 04:32 #8
My first thought was to get his ears looked at too...
As another poster suggested getting on to waiting lists for specialists is a good idea if the ears come back clear. Early intervention is best if indeed there is something of concern, might just be normal 20 month old behaviour too, they all develop at different stages.
I would start recording all the concerns on paper to take to your Dr...
23-08-2014 11:29 #9
Mine were only just walking at 18 months... I wouldn't stress too much.
23-08-2014 12:02 #10
From what you are describing, I wouldn't be too worried yet, although I always believe in trusting your mummy instinct. If it will ease your fears to visit a medical professional, then nothing bad can possibly come of doing so.
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