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    Default Could my DS have autism?

    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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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
    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.
    Yes this I would have his ears checked with an ENT first. It amazes me how ears can cause problems like behavioral, balance, speech and even sleep.

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    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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    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

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    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...

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    Mine were only just walking at 18 months... I wouldn't stress too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortstuff86 View Post
    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
    Just for purposes of comparison: at 19 months my DS was barely walking, had two words (mummy and no), and was incredibly fussy with food. At 22 months he now has over 40 words and is constantly on the go, but does tend to go in 'loops' ie run from the kitchen to his room, bang on his toy box, run out again and repeat. His eating is rubbish, at home anyway, although he apparently stuffs himself silly at childcare. If he is focussed on something else he won't respond to his name. I was worried about my son at 19 months - he just didn't seem to be developing the way other people's children do, but in the last month he has become a totally different child. I don't believe he is on the spectrum, and he sounds fairly similar to your son, is my point, I guess.

    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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