My son recently had an evaluation by EI (I do not have the report yet though). He has a speech delay, and will be receiving services. No surprise there, he is almost 20 months and does not have any words, he does not even babble "right" (he only makes a handful of noises all single syllable vowel sounds). He will mimic if someone says "mamamamama", "bababababa", "dadadadadadada", and "gagagagagaga" but that is it. He also does not really gesture, for example he does not nod his head for no. However he understands everything I say and follows directions really well.
During the evaluation the SLP and OT doing the eval commented on his joint attention, or rather they commented on his lack of joint attention. He does not point to object to share, he does not bring me objects to show. When someone else is pointing at something in a book he will mimic, but he does not look at us to see if we saw (if that makes sense).
So I have been researching (bad idea) and everything I find says the poor joint attention and a language delay means autism.
So the point of my posting, I am trying to find information and struggling, I want to be intellectually and emotionally prepared at our upcoming IE appointment.
Specifically I am trying to figure out if he can have poor joint attention and not be autistic?
If that is possible what kinds of things could it be?
Also, can a child be autistic and have some joint attention? My guy sometimes seems like he is moving forward in that direction, today he pointed at a pear in the fridge to tell me he wanted it!)?