Is My Kid Autistic? The Signs of Autism

We’ve heard the speculation, maybe seen the odd behavior and had someone point out and say,’ yeah that kid probably has autism’. But do we really know anything, until we’re face to face and have this nauseating feeling in the pit of your stomach and the thought running through your head,’ something isn’t right, something’s different with my kid’. That was me. I had no clue as to what was going on, never having been in close contact with anyone with autism. The closest I had come was watching Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise and at that point I just thought it was an interesting movie with a smart, but odd guy. My little ones were pretty typical as babies in my opinion, sure they had started walking later then normal, sure they hadn’t started talking yet, but they were twins, born premature and everyone kept saying its completely normal, stop worrying! Even their pediatrician. Wrong! Maybe if i had known what I know now, read more baby books or knew a couple of parents with autistic kids, I would have know what the signs were and wouldn’t have wasted so much time, in denial and ignorance. And there were signs. My little ones loved running instead of walking, on their tip toes, flapping their little arms and self soothing at night by rocking back and forth. They were babbling, but not speaking and no, it wasn’t because they lived in a bilingual household or because they were premature, it was because they were nonverbal. That was age 3, they are now 7, still nonverbal. So a word of encouragement from one mom to the rest of the world, if you think somethings wrong, something is probably wrong. See your doctor, get a second opinion, get a third, because when it comes to your kid, time is of the essence. If your child is autistic, the signs of autism are there.

Most Common Signs of Autism

  • Delayed Speech and Communication skills
  • Avoids Eye Contact
  • Atypical reactions to sound, tastes, touch, smell and sight
  • Likes to follow rules and relies on routines
  • Difficulty understanding another persons emotions
  • Obsessive Behaviors
  • Repetitive Behavior (ie, flapping arms and rocking back and forth)
  • Not responding to their name
  • Unable to follow instructions or sit still

Until next time. Fay