My 3 year old son seems like a typical cheeky loving toddler. However he isn't talking yet,doesn't interact or show interest in children his age and has many things that seem odd. He will walk alongside walls,railings,bushes and pretty much anything else and looks through the corner of his eyes when doing it. He also loves his bag if mega blocks but doesn't build with them, he pulls piece by piece Upto his eyes and looks at it while turning it around before throwing them. He usually has to eat his yoghurt before food. He also goes crazy when we go into shops without making him aware we're going in first. There are many strange things he does and I've looked online at autism symptoms and he appears to have some of what I read.please tell me your opinion as people say im thinking to much into it? Thank you
Sorry we cannot make a diagnosis here on Education.com. However, we can suggest that you connect with your local school district and ask for a consultation with the early intervention team. This will help with determining if your son is in need of support services to help with his educational and overall development.
Make your request in writing as this is a legal process.
I am not an expert but I have worked with several children on the "autism spectrum" (and I will include sensory perception disorder on this spectrum for answering this question - many argue that SPD is not a form of autism, others say it is). The children I know with autism have difficulty connecting to others emotionally and often socially. Often they speak act and play in a ritual way - for example always talking about the same thing or perhaps lining up toys in patterns as a form of play. If he isn't speaking yet at age 3, I would look into speech therapy if he isn't already receiving it. I would then ask when he is evaluated for speech if the special ed and early intervention professionals see a need for physical or occupational therapy or if they see signs of autism.
I have 2 with autism and I really not sure how to respond to you. The fact he is not speaking at 3 is already a huge red flag if not for autism for something as simple as a speech delay. Is he in speech therapy? Prior to 3 there are free programs in every US community to cover cost and at the age of the 3 and up your local school district will provide the speech therapy. Start there and see what they say. You know in your gut if there is an problem. If it is still nagging at you you have to talk bluntly with a professional. I can tell you that if it is autism your are already behind. Early intervention can make a world of difference in your child's success.