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Does this come under Autism Spectrum? please help

Discussion in 'Toddlers' started by suvarchala, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. suvarchala

    suvarchala New IL'ite

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    My thirteen month old DS has not spoken any associated words till date..
    He babbles a lot.. few meaningful ones like akka .. maa .. dada... thatha..
    but necessarily doesnt associate them.
    We are in now in India.
    He is a healthy toddler well on 95th percentile in height and 90 percentile in weight.
    What he does..
    has been walking since 11th month.
    plays peek a boo and gives a big smile when he finds us or hidden things.
    can do eye contact.
    climbs stairs easily and climbs on to sofas,stools very effortlessly.
    he only sometimes responds to his name..
    Keeps running around the house some Zillion times a day
    He sometimes pretend plays with a broom.
    occassionally gives a shakehand to few of family members.
    He used to clap along with us sometime back.. but almost doesnt seem to like doing it.He claps randomly though.
    I am exclusively worried about this trait.. he doesnt imitate us in facial movements.
    He doesnt watch TV and the worrying part is the Ped I met now was kind of shocked and confirmed it again with me.
    When i said he isnt starting to use associated words.. he suddenly raised the term Autism spectrum.. and i am shocked . I didnt have the thing to tell him other milestones/issues.
    I will consult a pedi neuro or somebody more relavent .. but at the min..
    ILs please give in your observations.
    Are there any red flags in the above?
    and though they say they cannot conclusively term ASD before two tears of age.. I am desperately looking for fellow moms to come up with their thoughts here.
    Thanks
    Su
     
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  2. Happysoul1234

    Happysoul1234 Gold IL'ite

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    Relax, your kid sounds perfectly normal to me! At that age my son was only babbling, no words. Now at 18 months he says 10-12 words. At his one year checkup the ped. told me that if he was not speaking 4-5 words by 18 months, then they would investigate further but thankfully it did not come to that. Each and every child has his own rate of development and as long as he is interacting, playing etc don't worry!
     
  3. Traveller

    Traveller Gold IL'ite

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    I second Pooja. My girl is 19 months old and says only few words. I used to be pretty much worked up about this. mainly because my son spoke a lot more at her age. The paed assures us that one she has been late with all her milestones and second she hears way too many languages to decide what to say (we speak tamil at home, my son only english and outside german). but she's very expressive and understands perfectly whatever we say.

    the imitation aspect too started a bit late for her... somewhere around 15th month. don't worry yourself too much but also be open to any test the paed suggests.

    Latha
     
  4. Pavarun

    Pavarun Silver IL'ite

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    Suvarchala, I agree with everyone above - delayed speech is not necessarily indicative of autism spectrum. Even some of the other observations like not responding to name always sounds normal to me. I would not worry at this point, keep talking to him and provide a language-rich environment with a lot of stimulation.

    My 4 year old didn't really speak until close to 3 years old, but is perfectly fine with vocabulary now.
     
  5. enlightened

    enlightened Bronze IL'ite

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    No dear...he is perfectly normal.Dont worry.My cousin's kid started to babble properly at 2 yrs.Now he a perfectly normal kid.Relax.

    Deepa.
     
  6. tikka

    tikka Gold IL'ite

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    Suvarchala, speech delay beyond the 2nd birthday is a sign of autism not that young.
    Not all children are interested in TV...mine is... but I know of a few who would rather read and do puzzles than watch TV.
    I think 13 months is tooooo young for a correct diagnosis. At two years, I was beginning to look at red flags for us - delayed speech, texture preference, food issues, social interaction issues, obsessive behaviour, toe walking, the tantrums! etc. But the last year, I see a world of difference. He speaks two languages with ease and translates between them in his mind very swiftly - one major reason for delay in speech - texture preferences are slowly going away- he now walks on the lawn and beach barefoot, socially he is more outgoing now than even 6 months ago, his interests are getting more varied. I have been wanting to bring to our paed's attention this at 2nd birthday, but forgot for whatever reasons and now I think he has some persistent development delay issues, the tantrums have subsided. He still has some different needs, but they are pacing themselves out.
    I would say wait another 5 months, it is good to start early if therapy is going to be needed. But there has been a risk of over-diagnosis with ASD always given a lot of children develop in their own sweet pace. When a medical professional puts out a tentative diagnosis, it does scare us parents. I wont rule it out, because to me diagnosis means addressing it with occupational and physical therapy (sorry ladies, I prefer to err on the safe side on this issue.) Hang in there, you got some good advice here about providing a language rich environment. Good luck with the neurologist.
     
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    Aadhusmom Gold IL'ite

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    I agree with all the others. Its too early to throw words like autism around and your LO isnt all that delayed either nor do any of the other things you say point definitely towards ASD. I would wait and watch. Good luck!

    Vanathi.
     
  8. suvarchala

    suvarchala New IL'ite

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    Thanks so much friend!!
    It is very encouraging to hear you Guys!
    I took an appt with a pediatric speech therapist .kind of rushed things in one day..I was paranoid.
    She told almost the same things i heard here.
    She too says it is way too early to brand or rule out.But said that i need to very carefully observe the fellow and note any loss of whatever he has been doing.
    I am now in severe mom guilt for pushing the little fello too much in 36 hours to put the ball back and forth .I believe i have harasssed my son in taking the whole day and half from him that too when he was just recovering from a viral fever.
    I will never do so again.
    But ,one thing that concerns me is early understanding of the disorder can also make it better,given the plasticity of the young brain.
    So,I understand that i have to wait and WATCH!

    Su

    PS: i dont know if i can individually thank every one of you. heartfelt thanks every one!
    I am extremely happy that i am on IL
    LOVE YOU!
     
  9. radsahana

    radsahana Silver IL'ite

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    hi dear,

    13 months is toooo young your son, for you to get paranoid. Boys normally talks late. My son started talking aorund 18 months and aroudn 13-14 months, even he used to babble few words.

    I suggest dont read tooooo much about Autism either, because your getting over anxious about all it.

    Just enjoy your DS childhood. He will be going to be a healthy and normal child.

    If possible take him out in park in the evening to mingle with kids, that may help him to get socialise more.:thumbsup
     
  10. tikka

    tikka Gold IL'ite

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    Suvarchala, I agree with you. I did watch closely too. I am relieved DS has caught up with most of the developmental delay, but given how quickly children can learn and how well early intervention works do watch out.
    Good luck.
     

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