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My dd is almost 21 months old. She had a developmental eval a few weeks ago because we were concerned about her obsession with letters and numbers and her sensory issues. Her brother is autistic. So it's kind of hard to say if she is mimicking him when she is lining up toys, etc.

Anyways, they felt it was not autism because she was too social, although she did have a few social deficits like not being able to roll a ball to someone and not understanding when someone is being silly (like putting a shoe on their head instead of their foot).

They were blown away by her ability to name colors and count backwards from 10 which they all witnessed. She can also recognize letters and count to 15. She's known the alphabet song since around 13 months and could count to 5 when she was 12 months. She's been really obsessed with counting since she was first learning to walk. She'd walk around the house counting the toys. Or she'd line them up and then count them.

They put her expressive language at 28 months, but her receptive at 18 months. So they have her scheduled for a pragmatic speech eval around her 2nd bday to see if she closed that gap. If not, then she'll get ST. She's also on a wait list for an OT eval.

So they were telling me that it might be aspergers, but she's too young to know that now. But they think that she's possibly just gifted and quirky.

So I stopped over-analyzing everything she was doing. Then last night I was playing online Scrabble with a friend and Lily came and sat in my lap. She suddenly says "Paper!" Puzzled, I looked around for paper to see what she was talking about. Then I looked at her to see where she was looking and she was staring at my laptop screen. So I looked and see the word "paper" going horizontally at the top of the board. I looked at her again to make sure that was where she was looking. Yeah. She read paper.

I immediately remembered reading about hyperlexia on someone's blog. So I looked it up and some of it fits her, but not all of it. Is it possible for her to be doing all of this and not be hyperlexic? Or is it pretty much a given if your child starts reading at 21 months? Is this something that is classified as a learning disorder? Do I need to do something?

It's always something, isn't it?
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Is it possible for her to be doing all of this and not be hyperlexic? Or is it pretty much a given if your child starts reading at 21 months? Is this something that is classified as a learning disorder? Do I need to do something?
Yes, it is absolutely possible for a child to be doing all of this and not be hyperlexic. If you read about highly and profoundly gifted kids you would find many that sound very similar at her age. She sounds a lot like our son and he absolutely doesn't have hyperlexia. For a period of time when he was reading better than he was verbalizing someone could have assumed he wasn't understanding what he was reading, but he was and has not had the kinds of deficits of understanding that a person would expect with hyperlexia.

One thing I'd keep in mind is that a lot of children's media and toys feature letters and numbers. It doesn't seem weird to me that some kids would really pick up on those categories and enjoy them especially since they typically get positive reinforcement for that too. I'd encourage other kinds of information, toys and ways of playing too of course, but I would discourage seeing her interest as a sign that there is something wrong.

This might be helpful: http://www.amazon.com/Losing-Our-Min.../dp/0910707707
And, this. http://www.amazon.com/Misdiagnosis-D...8664309&sr=1-1
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/young_children.htm
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Yes it's definitely possible to be doing all of that and not be hyperlexic. I taught myself to read at 3 so not quite as young as your little one but definitely younger than the norm. In my case it was just gifted and yes I'm a bit quirky but likely not on the spectrum.
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My dd was beginning to read about that time. By 2.5 she read at about a second-grade level and is not hyperlexic. Being honest, hyperlexia is a possibility, and Aspberger's manifests itself differently in girls than in boys -- girls are more social and more likely to make eye contact and pick up facial cues -- but I wouldn't say it's a lock, no, not by any means.
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As the mother of a hyperlexic boy, I can say that there is not much that stands out to me as hyperlexic with her other than the liking letters and numbers. Since she's Dom's sister she's no doubt quirky at the least, and on the spectrum at the most - but hyperlexic she ain't. I wouldn't rule out some milder spectrum diagnosis for her as she gets older but she's definitely not hyperlexic.

I learned to read before I was able to form memories of doing so, so like, 2 to 3? and I see Gilbert happily soaking up all the letter related stuff he can now. He knows all the letters by sight and can also reverse-identify, like we say a consolant sound /tuh/ and he says "T!" etc. And he's not autistic as far as I can tell, just a bright little boy.

So anyway, that's my .02. Maybe mildly spectrum-y but def. not hyperlexic :-D
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As the mother of a hyperlexic boy, I can say that there is not much that stands out to me as hyperlexic with her other than the liking letters and numbers. Since she's Dom's sister she's no doubt quirky at the least, and on the spectrum at the most - but hyperlexic she ain't. I wouldn't rule out some milder spectrum diagnosis for her as she gets older but she's definitely not hyperlexic.

I learned to read before I was able to form memories of doing so, so like, 2 to 3? and I see Gilbert happily soaking up all the letter related stuff he can now. He knows all the letters by sight and can also reverse-identify, like we say a consolant sound /tuh/ and he says "T!" etc. And he's not autistic as far as I can tell, just a bright little boy.

So anyway, that's my .02. Maybe mildly spectrum-y but def. not hyperlexic :-D
That's really good to hear from you since I know you follow my blog so you know a bit more about Lily. She is definitely quirky!

It's just so hard for me to not sit here and over-analyze everything she does because Dom is her brother. If I didn't have an autistic son, I'd be out bragging about how smart she is. lol
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don't have time to read the whole thread but maybe she's just really smart...

very bright children often do not develop senses of humor "appropriate" to children. she really might not have thought that the shoe on head thing was very funny. would it make you laugh? very bright children also often have social skills that are different from average kids. i'm guessing it would be hard to tease out some of this stuff as the people doing the testing are used to average and below average kids and you have only parented kids who exist outside of "average"
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