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jenniferalisonphillipasue Tue 18-Mar-14 22:00:13

My 15.5 month dd is a law unto herself. She is my 4th dc and soo different from the others. My main issue is that she shows no interest in interacting with me. She has just started with a few words and will indicate if she wants something by pointing but I find it very hard to get her attention. She often does not respond to her name and I seem to have to use visual cues to get her attention. She has no interest in playing with me - I can't read stories to her (she just flings the books), sing songs with her or do any kind of interactive play. She is very physical (walking by 10 months) and likes to climb anything. She gravitates towards danger. I am finding it really hard as I want to spend time with her but she makes it so difficult that I make the effort less and then feel like I am doing wrong by her. We tend to spend a lot of time outside but I am just an accessory (to prevent injury) rather than part of the play. I feel so redundant and sad that she is not developing any relationships with GP's etc because she has no interest in them at all. If you try and engage with her i.e. pointing out interesting things she just pushes you away and wriggles to get down. She is also a force of nature - the strength of her reactions if she doesn't get what she wants is quite incredible from someone so small.

Should I be concerned by her behaviour or do you think it is just her personality and she will grow out of it?

BumpyGrindy Tue 18-Mar-14 22:31:55

Hi there....what you describe could simply be at normal toddler.... with a lot of energy who is developing physically faster than in other areas.... but because you are concerned i think it is always best to follow your instincts and get things check out all the worries will just stay with you and you will forever be watching her like a hawk. if your health visitor any good? if not i would go to the doctor without your daughter and tell him or her of your concerns.

Goldmandra Tue 18-Mar-14 22:41:24

It would be impossible to get enough detail into your post to get a reliable answer to your question, even from experts in neurodevelopmental disorders. You need to follow your instincts and ask for a referral if you're seriously concerned.

You can also do the M-CHAT test for her to give you an idea of whether she's exhibiting signs of Autism.

If you feel something isn't right stick to your guns until you feel you have a decent answer to your concerns.

sunnyfriday Wed 19-Mar-14 06:23:50

I second the M-Chat. And get a hearing test sorted to make sure there are no underlying hearing issues.

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