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I think my 32 months old boy has an autism.

I was not really concerned untill his 2 years development check. he seemes to be learning a few new words and after a while forgeting them, is like getting bored. He used to point on a car's picture and say like I taught him, but after the book got torn he didnot say it any more, just once or twice outside. It seems to me that all he ever said was for fun, after getting bored he does not say the words any more.He doesnot use language for communication, will rather take me by hand and show what he wants. besides I knew that his dad started talking late and thought it was a speech delay, but he forgot chewing too. he hurt the newly cut gum and stopped eating biscuits, the only thing he was chewing. he is sensitive and one more thing I noticed after getting pushed by the baby does not want to touch kids any more, is like scared. plus avoids eye contact with strangers, after seeing someone a few times will look and take them by hand. I really do not know? we are waiting for appointment with pediatrician for 7 months already, if he has autism how can i encourage him to use language?
In Topics: Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
> 60 days ago

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LouiseSattler
Aug 1, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk.

I have a few questions before offering some guidance...

1.  Do you reside in the United States?  I assume from the seven month waiting list for a doctors appointment that you are not in the U.S.
2. Are there university pediatric clinics,  local schools programs, or developmental centers that accept children to be seen by a clinic that would be quicker than your physician's office?  If so, please consider making an appointment.
3. Does he have blatant physical difficulties such as stumbling when he was an excellent walker recently. If so, these physical problems may warrant an immediate visit to a physician.

Next please note these great websites to perhaps give you some additional guidance and information.  Many are within the autism community:

http://www.autismspeaks.org
http://www.ourjourneythruautism.com
http://www.autismnews.com
http://www.kylestreehouse.com
http://www.nasponline.org


We wish you the best of luck and please let us know more details if possible.


Louise Sattler, NCSP
Owner of Signing Families™

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