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is this autism or just a delay?

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  • Posted By: kenandnichol
  • October 16, 2006
  • 04:32 PM

i care for a child who is a little over 2. i have other 2 year olds and my daughter is the same age. all of the other children get along fine except this one. he drools and chews on everything even though he already has all of his teeth. he screams and whines constantly. he doesnt know how to properly use silverware or toys of any kind. his speach is extremely slurred and i dont mean like saying r's with a w sound... i mean ALL of his speach is slurred and he leaves off the end of a lot of his words. he cant follow simple commands without becoming extremely confused or immediately sidetracked. at times he seems to be deaf and unresponsive to me speaking to him and other times not. he throws violent tantrums and has loud outbursts. he also has no concept of the potty and what its for and becomes upset if you try and sit him on it.... but on the other hand he seems extremely intelligent for his age. if you write down a random number or letter he can recognize it and tell you what it is ....is this the parents skipping over things and trying to make him learn things out of order.... or should i recomend they seek out medical attention for this child?

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  • maybe Aspergers syndrome (autism spectrum disorder)?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2006
    • 00:41 AM
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  • Most everything could be just being a two year old, except for the slurred speech. I would, as gently as possible, bring it up to the parents without using the word autism. As I'm sure you know, parents can be extremely defensive. Does the child show any affection? Although there are varying degrees of autism, severely autistic children retreat into their world, self sooth by rocking or some other repetetive behavior, and hate to be touched.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2006
    • 01:13 PM
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  • I did not mention, not a normal two year old, but as you stated, a two year old who is developmentally delayed.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2006
    • 01:16 PM
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  • I have an 6 year old autistic nephew and what you wrote sound alot like what I went through with him.I suggest you do speak to his parents because the sooner they diagnose him the sooner thet start his long road of treatment.They probably wont like it, but if you show yor true concer and love when you do, it will be ok. One hint though, he may not like loud noises or toys that make noise period.My nephew will react extremly violently to himself or others if those thing happen.Make sure he has his own personal space when interacting with others too, he shouldn't feel boxed in. Things that spin are a big hit, like balls and tops and big cars that dont have wheels that will choke him.I wish you luck and god bless you for caring enough to think of his well being over his parents.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 18, 2006
    • 07:23 PM
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  • I have a 9 year old son with autism so I can relate with you being worried about this child. However with the information you provided I personally cannot say whether it is just a delay or autism. Here are some questions that I was asked by pediatric neurologist when my son was dx. Maybe they will help. Does he prefer to play alone or with other kids? ( or beside but alone)Play appropriately with toys for his age?Does he make eye contact when talking to him?Does he do repetitive things? (rocking, spinning tire on a toy car)Have you noticed stimming? (flapping hands, loud repetitive noises)When asked a ? does he answer w/ the last word you said or w/ something that just doesn't make sense at all? Many autistic kids are loving and affectionate as well as extremely smart. If you suspect anything is wrong. I would go with your instincts because the sooner this child gets treatment the better it is for him.
    lynnwalden 20 Replies
    • October 22, 2006
    • 04:07 AM
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  • My son has Pervasive Development Disorder which is an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The best thing to do would be to have them discuss Early Intervention with the childs doctor. Early Intervention can help with any developmetal delays. They will bring therapists into the home to help with the childs problem areas. It's very important to start as early as possible.
    trying 4 Replies
    • October 22, 2006
    • 05:20 PM
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