I believe my baby is showing early signs of autism. Please tell me 1) if your child with autism displayed these types of symptoms at a very early age and 2) how your child functions now...is your child mild, moderate, severe? Did he/she regress at some point and when exactly?
I would love some input on how autism happened in your family exactly...a timeline, if you will. I'm feeling upset and nervous, mostly because I feel like I don't know what to expect. My biggest fear is that my child will get worse, regress, and she will be unable to be affectionate.
Here's what we're dealing with:
-She's almost 13 months old
-Her older sister is 8 and is undiagnosed, but in all likelihood is on the spectrum somewhere (probably asperger's)
-She was a late crawler (11 months)
-She doesn't walk yet, but she does pull up and tries to take small steps
-She doesn't talk, but she babbles a good bit
-She doesn't always seem to know her name; sometimes it's very hard to get her attention
-She's always had odd behavior in which she repeats things over and over, get's "stuck"
-She can make eye contact, but it's inconsistent, on her terms only, and typically very limited (looks away quickly)
-She avoids my kisses. :( She pushes my face away and seems annoyed/uncomfortable
-She seemed to learn to give kisses at one time, but then dropped it. She did the same with a few other interactions...picked them up briefly (and weakly) then dropped them.
- She doesn't play right with her toys. She throws her blocks around, one by one. Or picks them each up to put them in the box, then gets them each out and starts over again. She flips the electronic toys over and fiddles with the on/off switch.
- She doesn't smile as much as I'd like. She's often very serious.
- She flaps. :( When she's upset or overwhelmed, she flaps her hands, turning them round and round at the wrists. She does this a few times a day at least.
Now, she does wave bye-bye. She does get playful, just not as much as I'd expect...playfulness is short-lived and she gets overwhelmed and tired, then clings to me and puts her two fingers in her mouth to soothe herself.
I have an appointment for an infant development screening on August 7th. We're going to take whatever steps we need to get her evaluated and get her some help. She's never been seen by a pediatrician...she's never been sick...was born at home...no vaccines or other meds.
These behaviors have gotten worse in the last couple of months, and I only took notice of them as being a developmental problem quite recently.
I'm terrified that I'm going to watch my baby slip away. Please offer whatever advice you think I could use.