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6 year old boy autism

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  • Posted By: summer59
  • April 8, 2011
  • 10:02 AM

Hi,
My child was always quite normal when he was younger. He started to talk in Spanish when he was 9 months and was able to speak fine in spanish. When he started nursery he started to learn english (so he has delayed english). Now he is 6 and in year one and he has concentration problems. At school they are saying that he doesnt listen sometimes and doesnt concentrate well. But when i work with him at home he seems to be fine. He has to go to a speech therapist, which they have said has made quite a difference to him. He sometimes doesnt maintain eye contact when he is speaking. Socially he finds in difficult to speak to other children but he has made some friends that he always plays with. His reading is excellent he is reading at a much higher age but he doesnt seem to take in what he is reading. He is quite active he likes to run around and cant seem to sit still, he loves giving hugs and kisses.
One of his teachers said they think he might be autistic which has terrified me! I thought that alot if his traits seem more common with adhd, he has shown vast improvment over the last few months since he has seen the speech therapist and extra help at school. He has a few tanturams but nothing to bad. He likes to share his toys with his brother and play with his brother. He has also gone through quite a tough time as someone in his family has just gone through quite a traumatic experience involoving cancer. So he and his brother have got quite attached to everyone with the fear that they will leave them. He likes to play with cars mainly but he does play with other toys, he loves playing board games. I just dont think he has it and im scared for him.

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  • Hi, My child was always quite normal when he was younger. He started to talk in Spanish when he was 9 months and was able to speak fine in spanish. When he started nursery he started to learn english (so he has delayed english). Now he is 6 and in year one and he has concentration problems. At school they are saying that he doesnt listen sometimes and doesnt concentrate well. But when i work with him at home he seems to be fine. He has to go to a speech therapist, which they have said has made quite a difference to him. He sometimes doesnt maintain eye contact when he is speaking. Socially he finds in difficult to speak to other children but he has made some friends that he always plays with. His reading is excellent he is reading at a much higher age but he doesnt seem to take in what he is reading. He is quite active he likes to run around and cant seem to sit still, he loves giving hugs and kisses. One of his teachers said they think he might be autistic which has terrified me! I thought that alot if his traits seem more common with adhd, he has shown vast improvment over the last few months since he has seen the speech therapist and extra help at school. He has a few tanturams but nothing to bad. He likes to share his toys with his brother and play with his brother. He has also gone through quite a tough time as someone in his family has just gone through quite a traumatic experience involoving cancer. So he and his brother have got quite attached to everyone with the fear that they will leave them. He likes to play with cars mainly but he does play with other toys, he loves playing board games. I just dont think he has it and im scared for him. Young boys not listening sounds pretty common to me. I actually have a teenager and I bet your son listen's better. Your son sounds like he has extra energy, so he may need some activities to burn up that energy. Swimming and tae know do are great sports and can really help any child. Tae Kwon Do will teach him how to focus and help to improve his memory. If you are worried about any learning issues, I would bring your son to a developmental pediatrician. They can evaluate your child and let you know if he is behind on anything. I would not rush in and give a young child medication or special classes, if you have not had him professionally evaluated to see if this really applies. When my son was little, if he ate any candy or soda, he would run around crazy for about 2 hours. My son would also act up in school after lunch (we found out later he was buying ice cream every day). So, ask the teacher what time of day does she think he is less attentive. If it is right after lunch, all the kids are most likely sharing snacks/cookies and this could be the issue. Thanks
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  • On reading your post I was thinking ADHD. I think you need to get that ruled out before you think about him having anything else wrong. I have a child (grown up now) on the Autism spectrum and I have Asperger's myself. We were both thou it was missed, noticably different in Autism kind of way. eg my mother said I was an usual child as she used to place me on the floor in front of tv as a wee child and I'd just sit there all day (unlike my 3 sisters who are normal), glued to the TV (mesmorized by the movements I guess on the screen). I also had Asperger's traits eg I was obsessive about some things and a collector. My daughter had certain Autism spectrum traits such as ..she wouldnt wear a jumper as she never felt cold (I got into trouble with the school over that). She had no sense of safety at all and hence had to be watched on the playground at all times in a one to one way as she'd climb very high things and just dive off head first. She had concussion so many times due to that. Those on the Autism spectrum.. carry A LOT of different odd traits... your son just sounds possibly hyperactive. (note those with Autism can have a few friends but in general they will find it hard to socialise with anyone new or in groups. I socialised so little with my peers that by the end of each year at school, I only knew the name of a handful of my classmates and had no idea of who the rest were. I spent 3 years at collage and didnt learn my peers names).
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