Autism

Anonymous

Autism

I know this is a massively broad question:

But for those of you who have or your child have autism (or any behavioural issues/ADHD ect) ...

What were the very earliest signs? What are the main things that pop out in your child to make you think it was possible?

And, any other useful advice about autism/ADHD ect that you might think it helpful for me is welcome too.

Posted in:  Health & Wellbeing, Behaviour, Kids, Aspergers & Autism

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Anonymous

My son was 2.5 years old and wouldn’t look at me when I called his name, he was non verbal and would point at what he wanted then scream if it was the wrong thing, he would walk on tip toe and flap his hands, he would line toys up, post objects down heater vents, want to be pushed in a swing for hours and didn’t like mixing with other children.

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Anonymous

I was pretty convinced by 1.5 years old my son was on the spectrum. Confirmed by 2 years old.
Poor eye contact. Language wasn’t developing at the same rate as his peers (not even in the ball park). Difficult sleeper. Had absolutely zero fear compared to his peers (was sliding down slippery dips head first, climbing very high heights), was a serial obscobder, while the other kids at a picnic sat on the rug to eat lunch I spent the entire time running after him. Wasn’t imitating action like clap, wave etc. Was doing 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles at 18months old (it was the only time he was still).

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Anonymous

My son is confirmed ODD and ADHD at 18 months. Extremely early, I know.

Terrible behaviour toward adults particularly, smacking, kicking, biting. Just nasty in general. Even to other kids. A lot of tantrums. Disobedience.

Fixated on certain things, repetitiveness. Terrible sleeper. Can’t verbalise yet (20 months old).

So far no signs of autism though, fine with sensory and contact, will literally go up to anyone and ask for a cuddle. Sensory fine.

Just ultra behind and naughty.

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Anonymous

My son was difficult to diagnose because he didn't display the classic signs. He makes eye contact, is very social, can concentrate if he wants to, never lined up his toys by colour or pulled them apart to examine them.
However, at two he would point instead of talk (he was verbal), do subtle repetitive movements, and the biggest flag was his lack of imaginative play. He recreated scenes he'd seen on tv (with his Thomas trains etc.) rather than make up his own stories and he'd copy other children in an effort to fit in. We could see he didn't understand what was going on. He also followed instructions to the letter & didn't take change well. Complicating things further is that he is extremely intelligent so it clouded his cognitive issues as he could hide them.
I've learned there are no definite signs - like a neurotypical child they're all wonderfully unique!

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Anonymous

My son was the same but he didn't actually show typical signs until between 6-7

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Anonymous

My son was getting overwhelmed in class and couldn't follow multiple instructions. He was also developing repetitive behaviours he hadn't done before.

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Janine Rout

None of my children are autistic, but I am. It wasn’t picked up til later. For me, it’s a matter of sensory overwhelm especially around noise, not being able to follow multiple instructions, difficultly with social conventions and not reading body language and facial expressions.

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Katherine MacKenzie

I'm the ASD/ADHD child.

I have Epilepsy on top of it.

I think Mum noticed that (girls present differently) I was socially not very good when I was in preschool but i did have a few little friends. I tended to prefer my own company.

I was very obsessive over certain belongings. First it was dolls. There was an element of immaturity... because I didn't seem to grow out of it until i was 11/12.

I was highly influenced by others and easily lead. I wanted to please so it was alot of mimicking but also I was big on routine. It made me vulnerable to child sex abuse. But i also couldn't read body language that was subtle. I was very black/white. Like happy happy or very angry. Most of the time people didn't know what I was thinking.

I was a little apprehensive of sports (coordination, running... ) I couldn't run... fast and my endurance was a little off balance.

I cried alot out of frustration. I didn't feel safe or was easily overwhelmed.

But at the same time I was in my own little world. "Day dreaming."

Also obsessing or not letting go of things.

Coping or soothing behaviours like finger rubbing, teeth grinding, playing with hair, picking skin, biting nails...

I'm sure there's more but girls present differently. So see a pediatrician because the earlier the better. I went to a specialist independent school from 13 to 18. Best thing that could of happened. There was clearly something but no one thought of Autism. It was only later they assessed me as an adult when my GP was doing a MH plan.

I Hope you find answers.

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