I have a 22 month-old son that is not yet diagnosed with autism. But I do believe he is in the spectrum. He has had some motor developmental delays that became less obvious with OT, but he still has a great communication delay (both expressive and receptive). He was just evaluated by a Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech Therapist and a Doctor in an children's hospital and they said they could not diagnose him yet,but that he definetely needs speech therapy.
He makes great eye contact most of the times and understand simple commands, but he's is a little too obsessed with spinning toys and does some repetitive actions like opening and closing door or rolling bottles or any small object he finds (usually for about 1-3 minutes, rarely more than that). He does not understand complex comands, doesn't point and only now is learning how to wave bye bye, but he doesn't seem to actually know what it means. He also does not try to speak, and he makes only a few sounds like da da, ba ba, ca ca, ma ma, besides doing a "humming" sound.
So, the thing is... I am devastated! We talk to him a lot, read to him, try to show him pictures to see if he'll identify objects, but he just can't understand what we say so he starts crying and crying and does not want to play. When I try to get him to scribble with his crayons, he wants all of them at the same time and he won't scribble, he'll only want to roll them around with no purpose and when I try to take it away from him he throws tantrums. I just feel like dying sometimes, I have no idea about what to do to motivate him. Sometimes I feel like I'm being too pushy with him, but other times I don't know how firm I should be. If I let him do what he wants he will mostly want to roll things around, push buttons in toys or open and close doors.
How do you do in these situations? Any suggestions would be appreciated!View Thread
Thank you for your reply chesesMommy08! Having words of support is very helpful and encouraging!
Our situation seem really similar. Does your son talk? Do you have any history of autism in your family or had any factor that could have caused it during pregnancy? I am having a real tough time accepting all this. I had a great and healthy pregnancy and we have no history of autism in the family. The only thing that happened is that, in the last weeks of my pregnancy, my baby started losing weight in the womb due some placental insufficiency, so I had to be induced and he was born small for gestational age (SGA) at 37 weeks. But after that he gained weight fast and have never had any health problems at all, he barely catches any cold. So, the only thing I can think of is that he could have had an oxygen deprivation to his brain that caused the problem.
My son is having Early Intervention since 13 months, and it has helped especially with the fine and gross motor skills, but it was mostly because I worked REALLY hard with him. The therapy was only once a week for 45 min or once every other week.
I wish I could do more right now, but he can't have a diagnose yet. according to the specialists from the children's hospital we had him evaluated last week. They say he needs to have speech therapy first and that they want to see him in one year (about the same time your son was diagnose), so they would probably be able to either "discharge" him or make a clear diagnosis. Since he does not have most of the signs of classic autism, they say it can still be only a speech delay. Oh, and he can scribble, but will do it only for a few seconds before he starts rolling the crayons around. But he also doesn't initiate interaction with kids very much, and when he does, it is very brief, mostly a smile or an attempt to touch the child's arm or something like that.
What did the specialists say about your son? Is it a kind of mild autism?View Thread