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as i have posted before about my son reece who is six years old, i want him diagnosing with ASD. his younger sister has been diagnosed with autism and gdd, but reece is more socialable so its been put off by the doctor. so to get him a statement of special needs and one-to-one at school they stated speech and language with autistic traits as a secondary to the speech delay. but after 2 years in mainstream nursery and in rception year. its clear that he needs to go to a special school.

i have started a project book (hardback notebook) and i started by brainstorming reece's asd behaviours. this has turned into five pages of all different odd and difficult behaviours. but i am starting to lose confidence and will only have a short time in the assessment as its the only time she could give me. she says to have it written down so i can give her the main points for her to start the assesment of autism.

so i thought we could start this thread and list the three main things that you think describes your childs autism, hopefully we will all be better at getting our point across to the doctor at your little one's next assesment. in the past i have concentrating on my childs positives and not describing my childs autism very well. but since having his sisters diagnosis i have a better idea now of what i should be saying in the 2 appointments a year. thankyou for this, hopefully we all might take some information from it. 29
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Some useful ideas of typical traits and behaviours and sayings:

Your child...

___ does not talk at all.
___ does not understand what you are saying.
___ has language skills which have been slow to develop or delayed speech.
___ speaks in an unusual manner, such as with a singsong voice or monotone robot-like speech.
___ often repeats the same words or phrases over and over.
___ repeats words or phrases he's heard, with no regard to or understanding of their meaning (echolalia)
___ cannot explain what he/she wants.
___ doesn't respond or seem to recognize when you use his name.
___ is mostly silent -- not babbling -- at 12 months.
___ doesn't have any single words by 16 months.
___ has no spontaneous 2-word phrases (all done, want more, go now, hold me) by 24 months.
___ has lost any once-held social or communicative skills, regardless of age (regression).
___ often has repetitive movements, such as rocking or hand-flapping.
___ won't imitate another person's movements or gestures.
___ likes to spin him or herself around in circles.
___ has odd movement patterns.
___ walks on his/her toes.
___ makes little or no eye contact, and it's hard to catch his eye.
___ doesn't make many (if any) gestures, particularly pointing, waving goodbye or holding out his arms to be held.
___ might ignore everyone but parents or a regular caregiver.
___ squirms, cries and/or otherwise resists being held or cuddled.
___ gets very upset when spoken to or touched by a stranger.
___ pays not attention to other children and doesn't engage in play with other Children.
___ may ignore -- or laugh at -- someone crying or angry, with no comprehension or concern.
___ tunes people out and seems to be in his own little world.
___ may take things (food, toys, a pen) from another person with no hesitation.
___ does not realize his impact on others, nor care what anyone else thinks about him.
___ is very independent for his/her age.
___ seems to have selective hearing -- like he's deaf sometimes, yet you know he can hear based on his other behavior.
___ has difficulty moving on to other activities until he completes a task or routine.
___ becomes upset about even a slight change in environment or of routine.
___ is not gentle with babies or other children, and seems oblivious to the need.
___ does not follow directions.
___ has no sense of danger, and will go into a pool or walk into the middle of a busy street without fear.
___ cannot/does not show you where he hurts.
___ does not ask for help when needed.
___ often repeats the same tasks over and over.
___ may need a very specific routine or object to calm down.
___ has difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
___ only likes a very few number of foods, and refuses to try new foods -- sometimes refusal is only based on a glance or touch.
___ prefers to play alone.
___ spends a lot of time stacking and/or lining up toys and other things, or keeps them in a very specific order.
___ doesn’t play with toys in a "typical" way (examples: rolling a train along a track, throwing a ball through a hoop).
___ does not engage at all in pretend play, such as acting like a toy faucet works or that a bowl is a hat.
___ may be fascinated by a specific part of an object (examples: the wheels on a toy car or a doll's hand).
___ can focus for long periods of time on an activity or pastime, such as playing with Lego or watching TV.
___ shows unusual attachments to toys and other items (examples: always carries around a certain special t-shirt or a set of toys).
___ can be very active, enjoying the physical sensory stimulation of jumping, swinging or stomping.
___ often becomes obsessed with one particular book, piece of music, movie or TV show.
___ has prolonged or particularly intense tantrums.
___ resists or does not understand the concept of potty training.
___ may be unusually sensitive to light, sound and/or touch.
___ might appear to be oblivious to pain.
___ sometimes laughs out of the blue with no obvious stimuli.
___ is fearful of certain things or places for no discernible reason.
___ does some things early compared to other Children, such as writing or creating patterns.
___ may find a mirror in order to observe himself crying.
___ seems uninterested in what is going on around him.
___ benefits from firm pressure (such as from heavy blankets or being tucked in tightly)
___ must follow very specific rituals and routines, often self-created.
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Matthew hasnt got all these behaviours only some when you call his name he doesnt respond, he doesnt talk, walk. bites,tantrums.
some people might not agree but i got told of my son's consultant that every person has some sort of autistic like behaviours when they have been diagnosed with a disabiity
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to that i would say, i respect what you are saying but its when these are the only behaviours that are taking up our entire lives there arent no normal behaviours.
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dont forget that the behaviours will change with age so while a child might not be biting at 3 he might be at 5

biting of the hands/knuckles seem to be a common one and slapping/punching themselves when upset as dont feel pain in same way as most children or even adults

if no/little speech this seems to be replaced with an annoying (well is when their voice breaks) EEEEEEEEEing

there used to be a leaflet with a list in it and if your child displayed so many it was an indication but i am going back over 10 yrs so dont know if they still about
repetitive play, watches same advert/programme over and over, favorites seem to be thomas the tank

the comment about everybody displays some autistic like behaviours is understandable but there is a BIG difference between mild behaviours and a person with Autism. the spectrum is the length of a piece of string where most ppl are prob on one end of it then the children getting diagnosed are way over the other end e.g. locking the door then having to check it, only using a particular mug for your drink, getting your trolley from same side of store, there are little foibles that we have in our life without noticing it unless we sit down and look ( i had a innocent smoothie but couldnt drink it as i didnt like the texture of it, sound familiar lol)
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