MY child plays alone at day care and doctor said she might have autism
So I took my daughter to te doctor today to go get her 1 year old shots. The dr asked me how day care was going. I told him it was going good but I had noticed that when I went to go pick her up she was playing in a corner alone no even playing with the other kids. So he said he would have to do a screening to see if she is autistic. I'm really nervous now. In my mind I just feel just cause she's the only child she has been alone. Can my child really have this or could she just be independent
Autism is a complicated disorder and not easily diagnosed. It also should be considered a "team" effort. Please consider contacting your local school district and asking for a meeting with the early intervention team. They can work with the doctor and assess your daughter's development over a wide range of skills.
IF your child is diagnosed with autism, please write back for additional resources. In the meantime, I would recommend that contacting an early intervention team, as your first step, if for no other reason to get a baseline of your child's development and for peace of mind.
And yes, your child could be independent and not ready to interact with lots of children which is why she prefers to be alone.
Here are some books/resources on the development of young children to help you:
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If your daughter interacts and communicates (as much as a 1 year old can) with you and other family members, I don't think you have much to worry about. If she does sometimes play with other children and interacts with daycare providers, she's probably just choosing to play by herself. I suggest asking the daycare providers what her typical play is like. Does she play with other children during parts of the day? It's possible that by the time you come to pick her up she just wants some alone time.
You would more than likely notice lack of interaction and communication at home long before you suspected a problem. My brother has an autistic child, and we could all tell before she was officially diagnosed. If she doesn't want to spend time with you, doesn't like to snuggle, be read to, played with, etc, then she may be. If that's not the case, she's probably just fine. Honestly, these are questions your pediatrician should have asked you prior to saying she needed an evaluation.