Originally Posted by Tigerle
Not to derail this thread, but where did you read about these?
The short answer to that is on forums devoted to Autism and Asperger's. This was about 6 months ago. My DD was repeating back long questions verbatim without answering them. It was only on these boards I found other parents talking about this. I have since found it listed as a possible concern in a preschooler. This is from Dr. Sears.
Some children with autism don’t display enough obvious symptoms early on. It’s important for doctors and parents to also look for the following signs in preschoolers:
Unusually advanced language skills – If a child is able to say the ABCs, recite nursery rhymes, list numerous famous composers or talk incessantly about one or two primary topics in a manner that far exceeds his peers but won’t converse about more simple and general topics, this may be a concern. It’s hard to imagine that such a brilliant child may have autism, but it’s possible.
Answering a question with a question – If you ask a child, “What is your favorite color?” and the child answers, “What is your favorite color…green,” that may be a concern.
Missing social cues – A child may understand language, but if he doesn’t pick up on sarcasm, humor, teasing or lying, this is a concern.
OCD tendencies – A child with autism may display some obsessive-compulsive behaviors, such as demanding all doors remain closed (or open), keeping food items separated on a plate, arranging toys or objects in lines, or wearing only certain clothes.
There are many parents out there that will claim that their now diagnosed child was typically developing, even advanced up until a certain age. If you lurk around these boards you will find comments made about seemingly brilliant toddlers who "regressed", although it does seem to be pretty uncommon. Regression is not supposed to happen in AS. Advanced language development is not supposed to happen in Autism (or RASD.) RASD has even been suspected to be an entirely different type of disorder than ASD.
What I think is happening in many of the cases I read about is that the early development of the positive traits of AS (amazing memory, advanced language, literacy) emerges first and then the regression is actually the lack of expected social/emotional development exacerbated by an acute flareup of a disorder/disorders that seem to co-occur with ASD (SPD, reflux, bowel disease, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and most devastating, seizure disorders.)
There were instances where parents conceded that there were signs but they were in all cases ignored because of such profound intelligence. One case I will never forget was about a 12 month old who toe-walked. When the young toddler was asked why she was doing that, she answered, "I am being a flamingo!" This child seemingly regressed at age 2.5 and was diagnosed with AS and Celiac.
I was in no way implying that I think the OP's DS is on the spectrum. I would never... I was trying to answer her question that yes, even though my DD's early development had been advanced, I do pay attention to these things, and this is why. I don't dwell on it, but I just can't help but to think about what I think is going on.