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I now this post is quite old but I hope you can reply to me with your experiences.
my son is now 8 week old. He does not look at faces and dont track objects. he smiles and coos but not looking at me.
he does not look at me in the eye when brestfeeding either.
Can you please let me know if this was the case for your children when they were babies and if I should be concerned about autism?
Also, please advise on the MMR jab. What do you suggest to do, I haven't taken them yet.
14/01/2014 at 18:11
30/01/2014 at 15:07
Hi, I have 2 DDs. My eldest has ASD. As she was my first I didn't truly appreciate she was 'different' until my youngest was born & there were noticeable differences.
My eldest had largely relied upon being held & walked around to fall asleep whilst youngest would settle herself more readily, my eldest had been more placid whilst being changed (she just lay still upon the mat & let me change her) whilst my youngest kicked & wiggled, my eldest had been fascinated by turning toys over & 'studying' them to see how they worked whilst my youngest had more favourites that she would play with, my eldest had disliked certain noises & would look to turn off the cause whilst my youngest seemed less bothered.....
The real acknowledgement came when DD1 was about 2.5yrs old & started going into 'meltdowns' akin to 'panic attack' when DH returned from work & didn't pick her up straight away. She would become hysterical in floods of tears, she would be hyperventilating with her frustration & she could even make her nose bleed with the distress she got herself into. We notified our HV who in turn referred us onto Paediatrics & the process moved forwards until we got our confirmed diagnosis 1yr later.
On the whole she is a happy, highly affectionate young lady but she has virtually no speech (just random babble) & so we communicate via 'Objects for Reference' (she doesn't yet understand Makaton & currently sees PECs as a 'sensory stimulation' rather than a means to communicate). She loves smelling things & can often be found smelling hair, clothes & random items. She loves 'Pika' for sensory stimulation. She does get frustrated when she can't make her needs/wants known & will occasionally get spiteful with this (Biting, Kicking, Head Butting, Pinching, Hitting, Pushing/Pulling) but is improving with time.
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