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My beautiful 11 month old daughter has recently stoppped saying "mum" and "dad" (which she started saying at about 8 months )and seems to ignore us when we call her name. She used to always look at us when we called her name. I've heard that these can be symptoms of autism and now I'm worried sick. She seems normal in every other respect. Should I take her to a doctor?

Social skills

* Fails to respond to his or her name
* Has poor eye contact
* Appears not to hear you at times
* Resists cuddling and holding
* Appears unaware of others' feelings
* Seems to prefer playing alone — retreats into his or her "own world"

Language

* Starts talking later than other children
* Loses previously acquired ability to say words or sentences
* Does not make eye contact when making requests
* Speaks with an abnormal tone or rhythm — may use a singsong voice or robot-like speech
* Can't start a conversation or keep one going
* May repeat words or phrases verbatim, but doesn't understand how to use them

Behavior

* Performs repetitive movements, such as rocking, spinning or hand-flapping
* Develops specific routines or rituals
* Becomes disturbed at the slightest change in routines or rituals
* Moves constantly
* May be fascinated by parts of an object, such as the spinning wheels of a toy car
* May be unusually sensitive to light, sound and touch


ALL CHILDREN DIFFER. NO CHILD IS THE SAME. NOT EVEN AUTISTIC CHILDREN. they are all unique, and cant be compared to another autistic child.

does your child have sensory issues? Mouthing objects still, wont wear shoes.. etc...

Other symptoms in young children include the following:

* Avoids cuddling or touching
* Frequent behavioral outbursts, tantrums
* Inappropriate attachments to objects
* Maintains little or no eye contact
* Over- or undersensitivity to pain, no fear of danger
* Sustained abnormal play
* Uneven motor skills
* Unresponsiveness to normal teaching methods and verbal clues (may appear to be deaf despite normal hearing)

Narelle, Eilish 5th june 2002 TTC since dec 2002

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