Patient Comments: Autism and Communication - Symptoms

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What were the symptoms of your child's autism initially? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Kingo, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 24

Soon after birth, I began noticing how hard it was to get her attention. By the time she was 1 year old, she seemed to ignore everyone. I had her seen by a psychologist then.

Comment from: Amanda, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 02

My 10 year old son has autism spectrum disorder, I never take it as a problem because he is a lovely boy always trying his best to be normal but the thing about being autistic is always the same. Since age two, I have been taking care of him, and I never let him out of my sight. He likes being alone, always angry, also hates noises but as a mother I want what is best for him.

Comment from: smith, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 29

Autism is something a family does not want his/her child to have, I was embarrassed, I could not stand to see my daughter, her skin was rough, her eyes were very bad, and she does not communicate with anyone, always talking to herself. I was told that government provides free treatment for children with autism, and I took her to the hospital. Yes, they gave her treatment, and she is now 5 years no changes at all.

Comment from: usufire9, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 24

My son was first seen by a doctor at the age of 6 months about his rocking. I was told that it is just a baby thing, and he will grow out of it. Well, so much for doctors keeping up with things. All I have found out is either by parents with children with Asperger’s syndrome or autism. Most of the school system in the US still think that autism is something you can get by sitting on a toilet seat. School nurses are a joke, all they can do is get you an IEP (individualized education program) number and not say good luck. By the time we realized what the truth was my son was starting his teenage years and any parent out there will tell you that's a system in itself.

Comment from: JennyHeart, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 02

My daughter has PDD (pervasive developmental disorder) and when she was 2 she would rock back and forth and then start making twisting motions with her hands like a tick. She is now 32.

Comment from: Conio B, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 15

My son was diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and SPD (sensory perception disorder) when he was 4. He’s our world and the sweetest kid (until he isn’t). Thank you, everyone, for showing the world how we aren’t alone. In my neighborhood, he seems to be the only one.

Comment from: cmeboogie, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 20

My son had several things about him that I thought were "odd". The very first being the total lack of eye contact from about 3 or 4 months. He would turn away at every attempt. This remained to the point that I recall at about age of 4 years, I wondered if he actually knew who is mother was. If not for my voice, I doubted that he would recognize me in a group.

Comment from: BuffaloGal, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 23

My baby appeared 'normal' after her birth. The actual birthing process was not eaasy, she became 'stuck' (something I expressed concern for prior to the beginning of the birthing process) and I vigorously requested a Cesaerean, which my (male) obstetrician initially resisted (I feel for too long). However, that being said, when she did begin to crawl, she did not crawl 'normally'. She crawled only on her left knee, with her right leg in an almost crouching position. I since learned this is one of the early warning signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our pediatrician had little to no knowledge of ASD, which did not help. It is imperative, in my opinion, that expectant parents choose a pediatrician versed in ASD and its early signs and symptoms and an obstetrician whom is sensitive to the desires of his/her patient!

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