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RhiannonnDontGo Mon 26-Dec-16 22:19:44

NC for this. Ds 21 months likes to stack things up, organise things, tins, tubs etc. He was doing this at mil's today and she suddenly said "I think he is autistic". I found this a really strange thing to say and was upset/angry at the time. He doesn't particularly like hugs and kissed and I think she feels she needs to rationalise this by labelling him (when really he just doesn't like cuddling someone who stinks of an old ash tray!) should I have said something?

KnitsBakesAndReads Mon 26-Dec-16 22:22:52

I think it's strange too. If she is knowledgeable about autism and was genuinely concerned then she could have spoken to you privately about it rather than saying it just out of the blue in front of your DS.

Namechangebitch Mon 26-Dec-16 22:26:07

Ignore it.
Smile and wave.
My DS was an organiser, everything in order cars, trains, animals.
Lots of people say stupid shit.
Ignore it.

RhiannonnDontGo Mon 26-Dec-16 22:26:46

Yeah that's what I felt, it wasn't like she said it out of any real concern, just loudly announced it to me and dh in front of dsc. it's something that has crossed my mind before but this has made me worry even more now.

sj257 Mon 26-Dec-16 22:26:56

Ahh someone made a comment about my son lining cars up in long lines when he had just turned two. It worried me as I was also worried about his speech and how he wasn't very sociable! He is nearly 9 now, he isn't autistic....

Give your MIL some info on schemas!

Dilligufdarling Mon 26-Dec-16 22:27:45

What was her tone when she said it?
TBH if the tone was not angry/nasty then I'd not be too concerned about a21 month old over hearing - he'd not understand at all.
Maybe she was speaking out of concern? The traits that you describe would be ones that a "layman" might expect an autistic child to exhibit and so she could be speaking with good intentions.
I can understand why you'd be affronted though.

RhiannonnDontGo Mon 26-Dec-16 22:28:39

I have OCD and I am very aware of how me checking things and organising things probably affects him. She just said it in such a horrible way, and I really wanted to tell her to shut the fuck up, pick up my son and leave.

Iamthecatsmother Mon 26-Dec-16 22:29:48

My DS is good at eye contact and is very good with cuddling, very affectionate. He is autistic. Take no notice, lots of toddlers have some autistic traits.

raffle Mon 26-Dec-16 22:31:59

Suggesting he may be autistic isn't an insult hmm

70ontheinside Mon 26-Dec-16 22:33:05

Stacking, lining up and ordering are normal activities for a 21 month old.
Mention it to your GP/HV if you are concerned, but I wouldn't be worried!

KarlosKKrinkelbeim Mon 26-Dec-16 22:35:39

I can't understand why anyone would be "affronted". Having autism is not to do with being a bad person. The child has not been accused of anything. Concern would be a more normal reaction. If you feel insulted perhaps you need to examine your attitudes and beliefs.

GreatFuckability Mon 26-Dec-16 22:35:49

I don't see what she did that was so wrong. If she has concerns, then she should be able to voice them. she isn't insulting you!

Helloitsme87 Mon 26-Dec-16 22:38:49

A lot of autistic children have these traits, as do a lot of children who don't have autism. Speak to your GP/HV of you are concerned. Tell your MIl to stfu and stop labelling children

Pilgit Mon 26-Dec-16 22:43:13

It depends on the way she said it. It doesn't have to be an insult as some people are and it could just be an observation. However only you will know the context and the intention behind it. My DD - now 7 played with cars by lining them up like they were in a traffic jam or car park. She still does this. It's perfectly normal behaviour at that age as a lot of small children like to organise things as a way of controlling their environment.

annoyedofnorwich Mon 26-Dec-16 22:45:17

Look up schema theory. It's normal!

HecAteAllTheXmasPud Mon 26-Dec-16 22:46:06

Autism isnt an insult or criticism or something to be offended by.
If she's raising a genuine concern she needs to do it in a better way. If she's using it as some sort of insult she's a dick.

SuperFlyHigh Mon 26-Dec-16 22:46:14

Ignore her! I'm sure I loved stacking up and organising at that age and I'm not autistic!

maldini Mon 26-Dec-16 22:49:23

My son was a stacker / liner-upper, he is not autistic - it's part of a particular schema which lots of kids lean towards / use / have (not sure of right terminology) - my nan also says things like this, it's completely ridiculous but think it comes from (a lot of) their generation's ignorance of such things!

BarbarianMum Mon 26-Dec-16 22:49:51

Being autistic isn't an insult but it does generally have profound implications for the life of the child in question, and for that of their family. That being the case I don't think throwing armchair diagnoses into general conversation is a kind or sensible thing to do.

DontSweatTheSmallStuff Mon 26-Dec-16 22:53:39

If she does it again put her on the spot and say "and what if he is?"

outputgap Mon 26-Dec-16 22:54:03

If we swapped 'autistic' for, say, 'hypermobile', would the tone of this thread be the same? Would you all be worried about "labelling" a child who was falling over a lot? Would it be an insult to suggest a child with fine motor problems might need to be checked for hypermobility?

RhiannonnDontGo Mon 26-Dec-16 22:54:37

It's not an insult but you don't just announce that you think a child is autistic and worry somebody for no real reason! Of course I hope he doesn't have autism, I would never worry another parent like that unless I definitely thought there were signs. And I would do it tactfully and sensitively!

FurryLittleTwerp Mon 26-Dec-16 22:55:00

This is normal at this age.

Yes he might be autistic, but it is far too early to tell & this normal "OCD" behaviour is not a pointer.

user1477282676 Mon 26-Dec-16 22:55:51

YANBU. Loads of toddlers like stacking things and lining them up too.

If he's not shown any other signs, I would completely forget what she said.

WorraLiberty Mon 26-Dec-16 22:56:34

it's something that has crossed my mind before but this has made me worry even more now.

Well then why didn't you say something?

Obviously I'm not saying you should have or you shouldn't have (either is completely up to you), but I don't get why you've taken against her for mentioning something that had crossed your mind too?

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