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Name: megaman
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Hi. I just found this web-site and am hoping that you can alleviate any fears. My 22 month old son is showing delayed speech. He has said somewhere between 20-30 words, but doesn't use them often although they are always in the proper context. My main concern is that he doesn't respond to his name being called more than 50% of the time (maybe less). He gets very involved with whatever it is he is doing and does not like to be distracted from it. He does not show any of the stimmed (I think that is the correct term) minus a few waving of the hands when he is having a tantrum. He is at daycare most days and seems to have no problem socializing with people and does smile and respond. At his age though they don't really play with other kids yet, just parallel play. His eye contact is good when he wants it to be, not when I try to force it.

My main question is do kids who end up being diagnosed with autism appear to be normal in so many areas of life, but just show a couple of signs or I am living in denial?

We are beginning the stages of early evaluation for his speech, but I can't wait that long. Should I be highly concerned or slightly concerned?
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Name: kat26 | Date: Apr 5th, 2008 6:22 AM
hi, my son is 3yrs old and was just diagnosed "mild to moderate autistic"
my son also ignores me at times when i say his name, depending on what he is doing...when he was 1yr old he used to say "ehhhhhhhhh" and almost like "zone out" while playing with certain things like blocks. then at 2yrs he started self-stimulis behavior (flapping his hands) at certain things-fans, or other moving things... thats when i knew he had autism.
now he attends special ed and speach therapy which is helping him alot!
anyways best wishes to you and your son...... 

Name: I know | Date: Jun 18th, 2008 9:43 PM
Very hard to say at such an early age although I knew something was "WRONG" from 19 months. Kurtis developed okay till that age and then it all stopped. He would respond (if he hadn't zoned out) and would put up with people but if left to choose would stay in the corner with his chosen objects and line them up ( an early sign of autism like behaviour.)
Does your child mimic rather than speak? does he copy word for word as Kurtis had many fooled that he could speak down to his phenomanal memory. He sometimes would slip though and use it wrongly which showed that he was doing eccololia rather than knowing speach.
Try to keep an open mind, though I know that it is hard. Just because he has afew of the signs doesn't mean that he is autistic but you are doing the best thing by getting prepared for that, which is all that matters.
Either way you can help them, my son is 6 and although he does sometimes struggle he is better than he was when he wasn't able to communicate.
All the best 

Name: mistymarie | Date: Jun 19th, 2008 6:05 PM
Hi, megaman why i cant tell you how concenred to be you are doing the right thing by getting him evaluatedm. And its hard because autism has such a broad range every kid with it is diffrent my 3year old daughter just got diagnosed for it 6months ago i thought she just had a persausive developmental delay which could be what your'e son has its on the same scale as autism only kids stand a better chance of growing out of it with thearpy versus autism spectrum. Its really wierd because my daughter did not have big temper tanturms so i thought oh she is just behind and that and the pediactricians just kept telling me she was a late bloomer i had to argue with them to get her tested for autism because i knew something was wrong. when they came back with the results i was shattred and cried all i could feel is pain for my kid that there was a window blocking me from my childs world and her from mine and my heart is still broken even though my mind is strong and im fighting for her to shatter thru that window. Just remeber what ever the results there are lots of rescourses out there to help. The good thing is they are starting to diagnose kids at an early age and the earlier the intervention the better the outcome of kids making progress. I recomend whatever the outcome or thearpy they say you might need as soon as you find out get on the waiting list that is the hardest thing is the wait but the sooner you do the sooner you can get services. And stay strong its the hardest thing for me is to watch my child but i know deep inside with thearpy she will get better maby not in every way but at least enough to lead a normal life. take care and i hope the best for you. 

Name: There IS Hope | Date: Jul 14th, 2009 4:42 AM
Hi. I work in a school district, as a special-education paraprofessional. I have been blessed to care for and help many different children of various ages, with a variety of challenges. I recently listened to / watched a woman share her incredible story of raising a son with autism. It touched me deeply. Her son was healed, a few years back, and continues to improve in his schooling. I ordered her book and found so much hope in her experience. Hope that applies to everyone, including families with autism but not limited to only autism. My heart goes out to all. If anyone is interested in the details of the book and the radio / t.v. program, please e-mail me at [email protected] (Since it is my understanding that some things cannot be posted.) With excitement, encouragement, and heart-felt appreciation and compassion to every family touched by especially autism...There IS Hope. 

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