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Worried about my 10m baby might be autistic, what are the signs of autism?
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Bambinalina · 01/05/2022 19:05

Dear fellow Mums,
especially those of you with children on the spectrum. My 10m old boy, he is my second, so I do have some comparison to draw on presents the following signs: flaps his arms and hands; he doesn’t babble, rubs his feet in frustration while screaming, he can pick toys but cannot pass them or put them down, just drops them.
He screams & cries when his nappy is changed; dressing & undressing upsets him
hugely, he resists and gets so physically distressed it’s is really worrying 😢.
He had an assessment with a HV at 9m and scored low, he will be assessed again at 12m.
He has started to crawl and to pull himself standing, he keeps eye contact and sometime turns to his name, but that’s about it.
I just want to help him as much as possible. I understand the earlier a child is assessed the better the outcome, we can get him help and educate ourselves on how to be with him, how to keep him happy and understood.
Those of you with children on the spectrum, what were the early signs your babies presented? How early can I ask for an assessment?
He is a very longed for and dreamed for second child, and both me and my DH just want him to grow happy, secure and loved.

Sorry this turn to be a long post, I’m just worried, I’ll be grateful for some answers.

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cake1987 · 01/05/2022 19:24

Hiya, I feel like I'm in the same boat. I'm really concerned that one of my twins is on the spectrum. He doesn't seek out or maintain eye contact like my other son, and doesn't really socially babble. It seems like he's in his own little world. Often he groans in frustration. He likes banging his feet against the floor and is really interested in tiny details of things like labels. He'll be 12 months old next week and I'm so so worried about him.
Did you have any luck in getting an assessment for your son?

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Bambinalina · 03/05/2022 11:00

Hi @cake1987 , I’m so sorry to hear about your concerns, it is worrying especially when have 2 babies to compare. I’m afraid no luck with more assessments not until he’ll be 12m.
I did speak to a mum of an autistic boy in my older son’s class about signs in baby age and when she felt, knew something is wrong…this has got me even more worried, but in reality the first proper assessment will be age 2y.
She also said that nursery staff had really helped for the diagnosis and reinforced her thought.
I think you can ask your Health Visitor for assessment at 12m, that just development assessment.
We just need to be keep interacting and encourage our babies and hope for a better outcome. Wishing you the best for luck dear.

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Veebs21 · 04/05/2022 08:54

Nursery have been very helpful in getting DD diagnosed - we just got her diagnosis last week at 3.5y. If traits are very clear, eg. non-verbal etc you may get a diagnosis around 2.5y perhaps but I’d be surprised at getting anything much earlier than that. Traits are clearer in boys but I don’t see anything I can relate to in your DS, but then that’s the beauty/pain in it being a spectrum! It’s good you’re aware of some quirks and have already got HV on side, even if it amounts to nothing.

I’ve felt real concerns since around the age of 2 but had started being wary around 12 months when she wasn’t pointing or really sharing interest. That’s a biggie and one to watch out for as your DS gets older. She’s always been very independent, and isn’t bothered about us trying to play with her, or other kids. She also has very repetitive behaviours and a love for order. Her vocab is huge but use of language in sentences is definitely behind her peers, though it is improving. She used a lot of echolalia/scripting of language - it was the main way she communicated between 2-3y. Imaginative play is also restricted, and she doesn’t extend her play sequences.
But these are all things that really can’t really be noticed until a little older. DD babbled/crawled/walked all on time so no concerns there.

She was first referred a year ago so we’ve actually had a relatively quick diagnosis compared with what we’ve heard - though we weren’t actually expecting to have her assessment until the end of the year so sometimes things can happen quicker than they tell you.

It’s impossible not to worry, so I won’t say that, but just keep being aware and proactive. Involve nursery in your concerns if he goes as they can really help and see how he progresses as he gets older. Sending love x

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Bambinalina · 17/05/2022 23:14

@Veebs21 Thank you so much for all the information; I’m glad to hear your DD was assessed and diagnosed fairly quickly but I’m sorry about the diagnosis. Sounds like she’s making good progress and from what I understand an early age diagnosis helps
parents fight for their DC’s educational needs to be met. I hope your DD gets educational plan and really good support in pre-school and later at school.

I appreciate 10m is early for assessment, but DS displays so many ared flags - not sharing interest, not being interested to play with us or with other kids, he doesn’t imitated/or try to copy anything, it is near impossible to engage him, doesn’t reciprocate in neither facial expressions or in gestures. No waving, no pointing, not “hi five” or clapping hands nothing in form of imitation. He still doesn’t babble (just makes vault cooing noises). He started to avoid prolonged eye contact and worst of all doesn’t enjoy affection, pushes & kicks against us when being hugged…long list of signs to be concerned about, bus as you said, I’m trying not to worry and just arm myself with a much information prior to assessment.

The HV referred him for hearing test (which I’m sure will come out perfect as he reacts to any surrounding noise).
He is due to start at a childminder in September, not a nursery but still be with other children. I will most definitely ask the Childminder to observe his progress and behaviours, ask of her opinion on his development.
I may try to get a GP appointment to voice my concerns and have this on record, so that if need be I ask for assessment at 2.5y after the standards 2y assessment.
Thank you again for sharing your DD’s experience and for the advice :)

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SS1983 · 19/05/2022 21:57

Hi. I have posted about my son a few times here re concerns at same age and from earlier.

i still worry about him and some ‘quirks’, he is 14 months now. However, I will say he wasn’t doing most of the things you mentioned and suddenly become much more engaged after 11 months. Waving, clapping and some imitation in rhymes etc started then. A kind poster mentioned to me that they saw big changes after 11 months and that was the case for me too.

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Helenknowsbest · 21/05/2022 14:51

Sounds to me like a normal 10 month old. They rapidly change around 11-12 months and start clapping and maybe uttering a first word. My 14 month old hates getting nappy changed and only just started playing with stacking toys. I wouldn't stress

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