We wonder whether our 1 year old DS is on the spectrum. His 4 year old brother has an Aspergers DX.
He has obsessions such as the light switch and the vaccuum. He will scream as if he is in pain when he can not play with these.
Tonight he screamed and sobbed unconsolably until we bought him a balloon that he was handed at one of the mall kiosks. We walked away, tried to distract him to no end. He cried and screamed until he got it again and almost obsessively started playing with it and then screaming at it because it wasnt going the way he was pulling it.
It's confusing because he has good eye contact, looks at you to gage reactions and has a sense of humor. Things that we never saw in our first.
But he does have some other behaviors that we did also see in DS1. Behaviors that we think are not done often enough to really tell -such as head banging, spinning and stimming with hands.
It's so tough walking on eggshells with our first all the time and we are beginning to walk on eggshells with our second. Is it possible that it's something we are doing? We feed on demand and co-sleep part of the night. We take care of his needs. Only thing I could say is that we don't have any planned activities for him during the day and many times I am paying alot of attention to the older one because of his special needs. Is it possible he is acting this way because he is not getting enough attention?