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    Default Parental Concerns that are RED FLAGS for Autism

    This is from the following website, For OC Kids Clinic - What is Autism?:

    Parental Concerns that are RED FLAGS for Autistic Spectrum Disorders

    Communication Concerns
    • Does not respond to his/her name
      Cannot tell me what (s)he wants
      Language is delayed
      Doesn’t follow directions
      Appears deaf at times
      Seems to hear sometimes but not others
      Doesn’t point or wave bye-bye

    Social Concerns
    • Doesn’t smile socially
      Seems to prefer to play alone
      Gets things for himself
      Is very independent
      Does things “early”
      Has poor eye contact
      Is in his own world
      Tunes us out
      Is not interested in other children

    Behavioral Concerns
    • Tantrums
      Is hyperactive/uncooperative or oppositional
      Doesn’t know how to play with toys
      Gets stuck on things over and over
      Toe walks
      Has unusual attachments to toys (e.g., always is holding a certain object)
      Lines things up
      Is oversensitive to certain textures or sounds
      Has odd movement patterns

    Absolute Indications for immediate further evaluation
    • No babbling by 12 months
      No gesturing (pointing, waving bye-bye, etc.) by 12 months
      No single words by 16 months
      No 2-word spontaneous (not just echolalic) phrases by 24 months
      ANY Loss of ANY Language or Social Skills at ANY Age
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    Dylan - 2/7/01
    Brendon - 5/21/03
    And our Furbabies (cats):
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    Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    That is a great list. Where were you when I needed you?? It took alot of testing to come the conclusion that Morgan had PPD. I always thought autism was those children who were non verbal, and banged their heads on the wall. My son didn't meet any of that criteria so I refused to believe that he was autistic. After so much research, I realized that there is such a wide range of autistic behaviors. My ds meets most of that list that you just presented.

    You may want to advertise this board. I'm sure there are more people out there whose kids are perfectly described and don't realize that autism can be different ranges of behavior.
    Sue..mom to Morgan 5/14/96, Arianna and Brianna 11/12/99

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    I was just lurking...and well, my daughter fits everything IDEALLY until the behavioral section. The only thing she does there is lines things up.

    She does wave and didn't do things early. But everything else fits her exactly. I have an appointment in 3 weeks for a hearing test (Until I found this list I was convinced she's got a hearing loss).

    Should I have them run tests for autism? Do they run tests for it? Is it possible for her to be without the behavioral symptoms.

    I should mention she's 19 months also.

    Sorry for all the questions *blush*


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    As early as 18 months they can (doctors/psychs in the know) can do specific Autism screenings such as CHAT.
    http://www.autism-biomed.org/chat.htm
    http://depts.washington.edu/dataproj/chat.html

    I have a link to information about diagnosis and behavior that might help. Keep in mind that to get a diagnosis, not every criteria needs to be met. And also, just because she has some of the characteristics, doesn't mean that she fits the diagnosis either. Did I confuse you enough?

    http://www.lifeonthespectrum.com/what.htm

    I hope this helps. If you have any questions, please do not hesistate to pm or email me at sara@lifeonthespectrum.com
    Sara, Mom to Elise (10/01) & Luke (12/03)

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    TY so much, I'm printing these off to go over with my husband! Chances are you'll be hearing from me soon lol.


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    This is totally my son. We've just had him re-evaluated but they said no to PDD-NOS and no to Asperger's. They diagnosed him with: Mixed Receptive/Expressive Language Disorder, Sensory Motor Integration, Anxiety Disorder NOS,
    Developmental Coordination Disorder, Regulatory Concerns

    Communication Concerns

    Does not respond to his/her name -not all the time
    Language is delayed
    Doesn’t follow directions - only if I go step by step and do one step at a time
    Appears deaf at times
    Seems to hear sometimes but not others

    Social Concerns

    Seems to prefer to play alone
    Gets things for himself
    Is very independent
    Has poor eye contact
    Is in his own world
    Tunes us out
    Is not interested in other children - will play with other children if they do what he wants to do but he is getting a little better at doing what other kids want to do without turning it around to being his idea.

    Behavioral Concerns

    Tantrums - severe
    Is uncooperative or oppositional
    Doesn’t know how to play with toys - has own ideas on how to play with toys
    Gets stuck on things over and over
    Is oversensitive to certain textures or sounds

    Absolute Indications for immediate further evaluation

    ANY Loss of ANY Language or Social Skills at ANY Age - 2.5 years old after his surgery
    Melissa
    Wife to Patrick: 2-16-02
    Braxton(7):
    Mixed Receptive/Expressive Language Disorder, Sensory Motor Integration, Anxiety Disorder NOS,
    Developmental Coordination Disorder, Regulatory Concerns
    Savanna(4): Sensory Integration Disorder
    Scarlet 3-5-07: 38weeker, small for gestational age, reflux, plagiocephaly
    Georgie: our kitty and the King of the house

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    Hello--I'm lurking right now but will probably be back. This list is great and hit the nail on the head with a lot of things that described my son to a T!

    Funny, I knew for years that my son had ASD but it wasn't until recently that he was diagnosed.

    He's going on 14 years old now. Anyway I see repeat behavior within several membors of my own family. Many are highly intelligent individuals, but I think now since so many people are talking about it now we have diagnoseses.

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