Most parents were clueless on autism red flags until someone pointed it out. I wish I knew more people who talked about autism when our son was little so I could pin point his red flags to autism instead of assuming that he’s just a “difficult baby”, “problematic child” etc.. In the end, autism is a spectrum disorder so just because your child does or does not have the symptoms stated above doesn’t mean he or she is or isn’t autistic. Trust your motherly instinct and gut feel, do your own research and consult with your paed if you notice any red flags.
Tagged: Autism Behavior
He would delicately move his fingers in front of his face while repetitively shout on top of his lungs. He also enjoys watching how the tree leaves sway with the wind. Then, combining gross motor with visual stims, he loves pacing in straight lines, observing symmetrical things like retail shelves are something he also enjoys. By identifying and learning your child’s autism stims, we hope it would help to bring you a step closer to your child and forge a stronger bond between you.
Having to syringe feed meds to a child on the autism spectrum can be plenty stressful. But I found a way to do it alone, totally stress-free with loads of laughter and zero cries! All it took was some creativity, playful execution, and tolerance to frustration. By the end of the day, when he sees his Mommy approaching him holding the syringe, he would let out a big laughter and start running again thinking the chase game had begun.
The waiters were all very amused with him, one tried to engage him few times but he gave no eye contact or respond. The other customers were probably annoyed and judging me. He was SO noisy. But I just couldn’t do anything. I know they probably think he deserves scolding or spanking. But to us he’s doing so well just self entertaining instead of having a tantrum and anxiety. I wish they understand but they don’t. I don’t blame them. Me last year would probably judge myself too.
In therapy centres, in his school, on social media and YouTube videos. William is definitely one of the more hyperactive ones. It is very common for autistic children to be diagnosed as ADHD as well (go follow @adamsautismfamily). Further, William’s score was borderline ADHD based on a questionnaire the doc asked me to do. He was not too worried as he said his attention span is not too bad. Usually ADHD is diagnosed at a later age (ie: above 5 yo cos that’s when the symptoms are clearer). So at his age now it’s still a questionmark.
Is he being stubborn or is it his autism? That is one question that had been bugging us for a while. Sometimes we tend to forget that he also have a personality that he’s born with just like everyone else. For instance he’s super affectionate, probably something he inherited from mommy’s DNA haha. But he is also super defiant. We’ve always known but I guess I wasn’t sure about it once his autism diagnosis came in because autism is such a wide spectrum.
Besides just dealing with an autistic child with sensory disorder and global developmental delay (and possibly ADHD in future), we have to also deal with the normal aspects of the child. Yes, sometimes we tend to forget that he also have a personality that he’s born with just like everyone else. For instance he’s super affectionate, probably something he inherited from mommy’s DNA haha. But he is also super defiant. We’ve always known but I guess I wasn’t sure about it once his autism diagnosis came in because autism is such a wide spectrum.
Medical professionals usually would only diagnose a child with autism at 2-3 years old as the symptoms tend to be clearer then. The earliest you can usually detect is at 18 months old BUT after I did my research of other families with autism and my observation of my own son, I have put together a list of symptoms that could mean your baby has autism features even before 1 year old. Knowing the symptoms early on would be beneficial as the earlier the intervention, the better.
We haven’t been able to get him to eat without YouTube running. And lately, even with YouTube, he has appeared to demand specific songs/videos but we could never tell which! So we would have escalated situations with frantic skipping and searching for videos until he stops whining and able to eat. What mortifies me is that at the current rate, we are becoming too reliant on having a running screen on to have him to feed!