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Name: heather28
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Hello there. I am a 28 yr old mom of two. My oldest son is two and has autism. My youngest son is16 months and is immitating the older ones behavior. for example, spinning,not talking,side looking. Also he doesnt point for things he wants or needs. He only says momma. It cannot be genetic due to the fact my oldest was adopted from birth. Can anyone help me or is anyone going through the same thing??
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Name: fivebucks | Date: Feb 26th, 2010 10:42 AM
Hi my name is Robyn , I am a mother of 5 children, 4 boys and one girl! My girl is the youngest , her 4 year old brother {he is my fourth child} has autism,PPD,& SPD. He was diagnosed right before the age of 2. His litttle sister idolizes him she learned pecs before he did specialists who come to my home comment that she is capable of being an interpeter one day. I really think my daughter has delayed speech because she uses sign language and mimics her brothers negetive way a communicating! because her big brother is nonverbal she sometimes will join in on his tantrums lay next to him on the floor and do what he is doing even though shes not even upset about anything the "professionals" say It would benefit her if I put her in preschool early so she is around more positive role models of her age, she is only 2, and she has alot of siblings to follow examples of, but she is the closest in age to Lane and the two of them are together the most out of all my children. My daughter has progressed she will still need speech but she is now very motherly to Lane even though she is younger sibling. she now tries to teach him things and she is now the role model to him, your kids are stll young and I know your fear cause I really was scared my "normal" daughter would be developementally behind because of her closest role model, but she did pass it, she is delayed with speech but remember she is only 2 and your kids are even younger so dont worry your youngest will be ok just make sure you parent him as a child without a disability, and make him feel like he is a big brother instead of the little brother. I reversed roles with the to of mine, so she now looks out for him and is more of a care taker than the one looking up to him and copying him! I reverse things for example, tell the little one to give him a toy or tell your youngest to help you steach his brother the ABC's even though he cant do it pefectly himself he will feel important and feel proud to assist in such a task! I hope this helps I have sooo much more advice for you but its very late and I need to go to sleep PLEASE email me I will forward you some print outs that will be helpful! My email is [email protected] 

Name: jengar | Date: Mar 30th, 2010 4:48 PM
I would suggest getting out on playdates with other typical kids his age or slightly older with out brother around. Peer interaction will do wonders for his development 

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