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Autism??? Rss

Hi all. Does anybody know any signs or symptoms for autism? And at what age to be looking for these? Thanks heaps smile
hi, some common signs that i have heard of are:
poor language skils eg. doesnt seem to be keeping up with their age speech wise
poor social skills eg. would rather sit and play by themselves
no attention span
head banging
autism is very hard to diagnose as there is a huge spectrum. some kids may be autistic but still speak okay while others can not talk at all.And i have no idea at what age they can diagnose this.
hope i helped a little bit

Hamish & Harrison "together forever"

Ok, I am a disability worker so I can help but if you have any worries take your baby to the doctor NOW....the sooner it is dealt with if it is autism the better things will be.

Any way - a child with autism usually displays the following behaviours: *Less active, *not looking at faces, *not responding to voices etc all the time, *not meeting the milestones (some or all), there are others but I can not think of them.

Autism is not usually diagionsed untill approx 2years of age (this is why there has been a possible link between the 18mth vaccinations and autism) but if you have worries then talk to your doctor and don't take no for an answer. Even if it is not Autism but a slow developing child then early intevention can help.

If you need more info drop me a line.

i just thought of a couple other signs and thought i would add them:

a child should respond to his or her name fairly early on

if a child doesnt mimic people around them eg. poking out their tongue or smiling back at someone

if they are not demanding of your attention and just happy to play by themselves all the time

Hamish & Harrison "together forever"

A friends son was diagnosed with very mild autism when he was about 4. But to look at him, you wouldn't even know. I think his case is more like ADHD, he gets over stimulated really easily, and can't sit still for very long. She said that bright lights can set him off, or loud noises. I don't know if this helps..
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My son is in the process of being diagnosed with an autism spectum disorder. The child usually develops normally and then about 18 months to 2 years they start to go backwards they might stop talking or in my sons case it is all jibberish. They wont make eye contact. They will flap their arms when they get excited or frustraited. They might be very sensory stimulated. My son chews on stuff when he gets stressed to calm him down. They might not like their routine being changed or like being taken to an unfamiliar place. They might get upset easily when people they dont know come into their home.
If you have any questions please feel free to pm me my son is 3 and is currently deing diagnosed with aspergers syndrome which comes under the autism banner this is the type of autism that isnt usually diagnosed untill 7.
There are a couple of Mums on here that have children with Autism spectrum disorders
what a load of crap. children can be diagnosed at 3+
now they have found a way to do it from 18 months.

Narelle, Eilish 5th june 2002 TTC since dec 2002

Hi

I manage disability group homes in the ACT and have also worked in childrens respite homes, working with children with varying degrees of autisim, I have been doi ng this for almost 10 years so have a great deal of experiance with both children and adults with autism
Children can be diagnose with "autistic tendancies" quite early on, this means that the child exhibits behaviours that are consistant with autism such as wanting routine, not accepting change reppetitive behaviours, seeming to go backwards in develpmental milestones, minimal vocal ability, not wanting to socialise, havin g dificulty showing emotions (even to parents) and expressing themselves, unexplained out bursts of anger, hand flapping can be a sign but can also just be a reflex behaviour or a learnt behavior.

My advice to you would be to see a pediatritian and any specialists required

Good Luck

Drop me a PM if you want any more information
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