Signs of Autism
At 2 years old, my son still could not speak any words. The words that he could only say (and read) was reciting the alphabet and counting numbers 1-10. He didn’t look at you when you call him, also you need to call him at least thrice or more to get his attention. He didn’t point at the things that he wants to get, instead he will push you to the place. He didn’t call me “Mama”. His favorite play was lining up his toy cars which I thought back then that he was just playing a traffic jam. He didn’t like to play with other kids, he wanted to play on his own.
I thought that the reason he was delayed developmentally was because he doesn’t have any playmates. That is why we decided to enroll him in a Toddler class near us. He was observed/evaluated by the directress upon enrollment and she said that there is a possibility that my son has “mild autism”. She advised me to look for a Developmental Pediatrician. At that time, the question that was ringing in my mind was, what am I going to do next?… I have no idea what Autism is, so I thought that everything will be just fine.
That was when I researched about Autism, and I was shocked and surprised that it is not like any cold or disease that can be cured by any medicine. I was heart broken to know that it doesn’t have any cure at all. The only way that he can adapt to this world is by having an intervention as early as possible to catch up.
He is 5 years old now, and I am glad that there are a lot of improvement from his attitude and skills compared before. He doesn’t line up his toys now. He can now tell what he wants. He understands instructions and follows them. He looks at you when he is being called. He likes to play with other children now. Though he still struggles to communicate, compared before he knows a lot of words now (he even knows some words that I didn’t knew about 🙂 ). .
Here is a nice article to read from Mayo Clinic about the symptoms of Autism.
- 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
- Doesn’t ask for help or request things
- Doesn’t speak or has delayed speech
- Loses previously acquired ability to say words or sentences
- Doesn’t 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
- Doesn’t appear to understand simple questions or directions
- Performs repetitive movements, such as rocking, spinning or hand-flapping
- Develops specific routines or rituals and becomes disturbed at the slightest change
- Moves constantly
- May be fascinated by details of an object, such as the spinning wheels of a toy car, but doesn’t understand the “big picture” of the subject
- May be unusually sensitive to light, sound and touch, and yet oblivious to pain
- Does not engage in imitative or make-believe play
- May have odd food preferences, such as eating only a few foods, or craving items that are not food, such as chalk or dirt
- May perform activities that could cause self-harm, such as headbanging
Every child develops at a different pace—so you don’t need to panic if your child is a little late to talk or walk. When it comes to healthy development, there’s a wide range of “normal.” But if your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age, or you suspect a problem, share your concerns with your child’s doctor immediately. Don’t wait!!!
-via Help Guide