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January 9th, 2008, 07:14 PM
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I posted this on my blog this evening. I looked at a poster with the signs of autism, and she has most of them (with the exceptions of the ones that aren't age appropriate). She's 18 months old.

* She hates to be cuddled. She'll come and sit on my lap sometimes, but when she wants down, she will flail her arms around and kick me to get down.
* She bangs her head on objects (in the high chair, on the floor, against the wall, etc.)
* She ignores me often. She only responds to REALLY loud sounds. I thought she was HOH (hard of hearing) at first, but now I think that this may play into whatever disability she may have (and I doubt it's related to hearing).
* When we're at playgroup, she'll hardly ever interact with other kids. She'll look at them, but won't play with them like a normal 18 month old. I noticed it the other day at church, too.
* She has always avoided eye contact. She's more interested in lights and colors than she is in people. The other day we were at church, and I brought her to see my dad and she just stared at the lights overhead.
* The only time that she ever looks right at me is when I have the camera, and now I think that she's not posing for me... she likes the light on the camera.

I'm kind of sad, and I kind of just don't know what to do. I have to call Emilee's PCP and get a referral for a specialist, I'm sure. I'm still fairly certain that her walking (or lack thereof) has to do with muscle development and not with possible autism. I tried to stand her up and most 12-18 month olds can stand up on their own (or with their parents holding their hands), but Emilee physically cannot. I'm going to take her to see a specialist. I kind of feel like I've failed in some way. I just don't know. ::

Any advice would be appreciated!
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January 9th, 2008, 08:42 PM
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Hi, sounds like you should get an assessment done. It's hard when our kids aren't developing 'normally' but you are doing the right thing by looking into what is going on because early intervention is the key with developmental delays and autism.
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January 10th, 2008, 02:18 AM
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Oh, don't feel like you've failed her - look at how attentive you are, many parents are in denial and don't do anything about their suspicions, keep explaining them away for a long time - but here you are, looking for answers - you are being proactive, you're a great mom!

I agree you should meet with her pediatrician and go over your list, and look for your local early intervention services. And come back and tell us how it went! (((hugs)))

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January 10th, 2008, 10:07 AM
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I would give Early intervention a call. Big hugs to you. My dh and I are in the proccess of getting assement for Jay to see if he is autistic.
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January 10th, 2008, 01:08 PM
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Yes, definitely call your pcp for a referral out for specialists. Just tell the ped. what is going on with her and that you want a referral. I agree with those above, you are not failing her. It is easy to blame yourself though so try to give yourself a pep talk and congratulate yourself for noticing that you think there is something going on with your little girl and that you are taking the appropriate steps in getting help. Its still early in her life and the earlier the better as far as interventions go. Hang in there and let us know how it goes.
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January 14th, 2008, 06:31 AM
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I ditto all the above. It's hard not to feel that way. If you don't like what the ped says, then go over him.
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