Parental Concerns that are RED FLAGS for Autism

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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
Joined: 04/07/02
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That is a great list. Where were you when I needed you?? Lol 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.

Joined: 02/23/03
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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

Joined: 10/26/01
Posts: 121

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 [email]sara@lifeonthespectrum.com[/email]

Joined: 02/23/03
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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.

Joined: 12/05/06
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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

Joined: 03/16/15
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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.