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    My DD is 2years and 10months. She still speaks in single words and has started seeing a speech therapist. He language has started improving a bit but she's way behind. she has always been delayed developmentally. She was born at 36 weeks and screamed and screamed as a baby for no specific reason (had seen paeds etc). She had sleep issues but now co-sleeps fine.
    The first session with the speech therapist they noted good eye contact and concentration. However, other things that concern me:
    - She takes instruction only if it's something she wants to do.
    - her imaginative play is not very advanced for her age. For eg instead of putting a doll in the pram and pushing it she likes to just play with the hood. lifting and dropping it over and over. She will play with her tea set but like to match the colours of the cups/saucers.
    - She often completely ignores us when we call her (hearing has been checked and is 100%).
    - She often has emotional meltdowns when she wants something and gets frustrated she can't communicate it.
    - we've got a 2 week old baby now and she has 0 interest in him.
    - She loves other kids but doesn't know how to interact.

    I'm going to raise it with her speechy but just felt they dismissed other issues very quickly, or maybe they think she's quite young? I don't personally know any kids with ASD but realise it can vary so much. Hubby agrees that she has always seemed different to other kids her age and has lots of cousins similar ages. Not sure where to go from here...with the new baby DH will take her to therapy next week. I want him to raise concerns so that they can at least assess her behaviour rather than just assume it's only speech. What are your thoughts? Anyone been here before? Was it or wasn't it ASD or something else?

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    Definitely speak to your speechy about your concerns and maybe look into seeinh paed and maybe getting her into early intervention services. Ask your speechy or even gp about it. It's worth checking out if you are worried.

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    I would recommend seeing a paed. Female autism is very different to make autism. Like almost unrecognisable. We have an autistic son and are about to undergo assessment for our daughter. Some of what you stated sounds similar to our daughter but obviously a professional sitting down with her could tell you a lot more. It may not be autism. There are a lot of other conditions that show similar signs. I would try and stay off Google, as hard as it is. That way when the paeds/other specialists ask you questions, you won't subconsciously lean one way or the other. You really need to give unbiased observations.

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    I have a 5 year old with ASD.

    I would ask your speech therapist whether they think your concerns are valid. This what I did with my DS because I felt there was more going on than just a speech delay. The ST agreed he did display some traits and recommended going to see our paed. She also connected us with an early intervention play group.

    I would go with your gut and see your GP for a referral to a paed and go from there.

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    My 3yo DD has ASD and is non verbal. Some of the things you listed does remind me of my DD,
    but I would also like to mention that most of these could also be attributed to her delayed speech. Definitely speak to your ST about your concerns and take it from there.

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    Just an update. I have an appointment with a paed but not for another 4 weeks. The ST said she wasn't qualified to diagnose ASD so didn't want to give advice other than that we should see a paed for our concerns. We spoke to our GP to get a referral and he thinks our concerns bare valid as shes way behind where she should be on many levels. We also have an enhanced primary care plan now so should get some more money from ST.


 

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