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Name: mwellm
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I am in desperate need of advice. My 2.5yr old son has a couple issues that cause concern. He does not speak in sentences, only one word at a time. He has behavioral issues as far as tantrums and does not really listen to anything I say. At times, he doesn't like to be in crowds with people he doesn't know. Sometimes though, he is ok. He has been taking off his diaper when he has to go but that has only been since we starting putting him on the potty. None of these things would be alarming on their own but in combination, it is scary. My doc has said he is not autistic but I wanted to get some feedback. If anyone has some help, I would greatly appreciate it.
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Name: rain | Date: Sep 1st, 2006 1:11 PM
Most doctors are not qualified to make that dx. Ask your doctor for a referal to a specialist. 

Name: psy10165 | Date: Sep 6th, 2006 6:29 PM
Hi i found that my GP was wrong for many years. In the end I got a private diagnosis and began an early intervention. From my experience the earlier you work with these behaviours the better, regardless of the label. Go to options4autism and look st the FQA this should help you - good luck 

Name: amanda kay | Date: Sep 12th, 2006 5:51 AM
i am sorry that i can't help u, but i do know how u feel. my 18 month old sons sonds very much like your child. tantrums, pooping all over the house, and not listening coupled with a 2 month old daughter makes things hard. hang in there, u are not alone! e-mail me @ [email protected] 

Name: rhokesa | Date: Sep 15th, 2006 10:46 PM
My 2 1/2 year old son has behavioral issues also, and is verbally delayed, I took him to a neurologist and told me that he shows signs of being PDD and then I took him to a Pediatric Developmental Specialist to get evaluated for 2 hours and even had an EEG done which came up normal but at the evaluation he told me since my son was verbally delayed that he thinks that is causing the behavioral issues due to the frustration of not being able to communicate so I am confused and just wish there was more I can do for him so he is not so tensed all the time! 

Name: mwellm | Date: Sep 17th, 2006 1:45 AM
What is PDD and what are the signs? We have an appt with a neurologist even though my pediatrician says he doesn't need it. I definetly think the verbal delay has alot to do with the temper and behavior. 

Name: JAB | Date: Sep 17th, 2006 4:05 AM
If you would like information on something that may help, [email protected] 

Name: Bryns Mom | Date: Sep 28th, 2006 8:41 PM
Sounds like we are living similar lives. I have a 3 year old who sounds exactly the same as your 2.5 year old. Today my nursery school teacher told me he needs to be assessed for autism, then promptly told me to move my car and walked away. I was floored. My husband is away on business and I am home alone worried now.
I hope you get your answers soon as I understand how worrysome it is not knowing.

all the best

Name: parksmomof4 | Date: Sep 29th, 2006 12:11 PM
In a way it's nice to know that I'm not alone!! My son will be 2 in Dec. doesn't talk and has unbelievable tantrums if he is told "no" or can't do what he wants to do. We have started the evaluation process with our local early intervention assoc. He passed his hearing test. On Mon. we'll be having a speech therapist and a behavioral therapist to our home to evaluate him. It is soooo frustrating he is my 4th child and none of the others were like this, even with my oldest being dx. w/ ADHD. Being a stay at home mom is more draining now than ever. If anyone would like to talk or has any advise : [email protected] 

Name: mwellm | Date: Sep 29th, 2006 4:48 PM
Hi Heidi-
I too am a stay at home mom and I am to the end of my rope. My son will be evaluated on Oct 3 and will attend our schools pre-school program where he will receive speech therapy. They also suspect he has sensory problems which I don't really understand. My e-mail is [email protected] if anyone wants to talk. 

Name: parksmomof4 | Date: Oct 3rd, 2006 11:02 AM
to all ~ I thought autism like you, but we had our evaluation by the speech and behavioral therapist yesterday...no autism, but he his testing in most areas as a 13 mo. old he is 21 mo. They said that the tantrums are related to the inability to communicate and also they believe he may have (I forget the "technical" term) sensory overstimulation because of the tantrums and the being in crowds, etc. We are starting w/ the speech & behavioral therapists each coming once a week and we'll be having an OT coming to evaluate him for the sensory OS. Have you looked into your states early intervention programs?? Ask your Dr. for info on it. In our state (PA) no matter of health ins. coverage these are totally free services. Hope this helps!! Keep smiling 8) 

Name: jacksmom | Date: Jan 28th, 2007 4:43 AM
Jack's story....

After the 12 mos. vaccines my son gradually slipped into autism. He was head-banging, hand-flapping, twirling, lost speech, lost eye contact and he just withdrew.

Now two years later.... no head-banging, no twirling, no flapping, has eye contact and is starting to verbalize again. And... he has Down Syndrome to boot. :) Yes... even kids with DS get autism. Actually they get it at a higher rate.

What helped him? First I give God praise.... our son wouldn't be here without Him and we prayed and I believe He guided us. Second... supplements. Especially cod liver oil. I recommend Green Pastures CLO with the X factor. Check out Dr. Mary Megson's work on the web. http://www.diet-studies.com/megson.html Our Jack healed gradually... but he is healing. I actually had to make myself GET USED TO him not twirling everything any more!

Also check out Dr. Amy Yasko's work. www.holistichealth.com

We give Jack alot of supps - cod liver oil, probiotic, magnesium citrate, tart cherry and recently we added cilantro. He takes some other things too but each child is unique. It helps to find a good naturopathic MD or chiropractor. Don't use supps until you research things for yourself. Cilantro for example...should possibly not be used until some other detox has been done.

Don't give up. There is hope! And... I will be frank here.... many mainstream doctors know squat about how to heal autism. Don't let that throw you. There are people who do know how to help. God bless you! Love, Jack's Mom :) [email protected] ps - I would also add that some kids react alot to nitrates and nitrites in food and to other chemicals... this can cause learning/behavior issues 

Name: buddy02 | Date: Feb 15th, 2011 12:29 AM
Hi, my name is Toni. I have a 5 year old son with autism who cannot speak or respond to anyone. We do not know what to do. We cannot get any help through anyone. He goes to school for just two hours a day, 5 days a week because thats all the school will give to him. Do you know anything I can do before it is too late? If so, please respond to me by e-mail at [email protected] or you could call me at 3018843105. Thank you 

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