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Parents of children with Autism.. Grayson & Aubri's Momma Due June 3 (girl); 2 kids; Wonderland, Ha, United States 714 posts
Jan 5th

I'm worried about my son and was wondering how old your child was when you started noticing red flags and what the first signs was for you? My son is just 6 months old so I'm not sure if I should get him evaluated or if his behavior is normal for his age or what..

¡VinHaute! Kansas City, MO, United States 47543 posts
Jan 5th

It's been 10 years since I've dealt with an initial diagnosis but to my knowledge it's very rare to be able to identify enough markers at that young an age. 

bia. ., ., Portugal 102104 posts
Jan 5th

Quoting ¡VinHaute!:
It's been 10 years since I've dealt with an initial diagnosis but to my knowledge it's very rare to be able to identify enough markers at that young an age. 



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bia. ., ., Portugal 102104 posts
Jan 5th

Why are you worried OP? 

Cat.Woman. 2 kids; Gotham City, PA, United States 8160 posts
Jan 5th

Quoting ¡VinHaute!:
It's been 10 years since I've dealt with an initial diagnosis but to my knowledge it's very rare to be able to identify enough markers at that young an age. 


My thoughts exactly. 

Royal_Lux United States 2600 posts
Jan 5th

I first noticed signs, during infancy but didn't really think much about anything until closer to 12-18mth. The autism videos really hit me.

He always seemed to have a serious facial expression, early on (infant months) and rarely smiled. He wouldn't look at his name being called and still doesn't always look now (he'll be 2, Monday). He didn't hit his milestones on time, was delayed. He rarely babbled, he didn't speak any words. He was more content playing by himself, then playing with other kids. If I took him to a playground, I'd be chasing him going towards bushes and or rocks, not to play. 

The pediatrician won't be concerned, unless at around 18mth check up and shows delays for milestones. That's when Dr. gave the look of "oh he doesn't speak any words"? She referred me to have an evaluation for an early learning intervention program. They came to my home, did test with sounds of toys and how he responded to them. Then based of their point system, how he interacted if he failed two parts, he was approved for services. He approved, received speech and occupational services. At that age (18mth)  that gives services up until age 3.  My gut said, autism (at 18mth check up). At same time (back in August), I made a call to have evaluation set up for autism. They don't like planning that evaluation  until age 2 or close. (My sons evaluation was this past Dec 20th).  You can end up with no diagnosis, an at risk diagnosis , or an actual diagnosis or be told child is just delayed (at day of evulation). 

My son went to evaluation and received the diagnosis that day. It was interactive play and again a point system, based on things children usually do (respond to their name, show interests in toys, if they bring toy to you) ect.. 

my speech therapist explained, usually kids my sons age if they don't speak words they at least babble and or point to things. They usually can show signs of communicating and having you understand them. Also the isolating ones self and not having the social interaction skills. The not holding eye contact. 

Grayson & Aubri's Momma Due June 3 (girl); 2 kids; Wonderland, Ha, United States 714 posts
Jan 5th

Quoting bia.:
Why are you worried OP? 


I was on YouTube watching some vlogs and some how I ended up watching a few on autism. I watched one with a 6 month old doing a hand thing called hand flapping which was identical to what my son does. I always thought my baby had strange behavior and my dad noticed it before anyone. For example he constantly scratches him self, and things. He gets frustrated easily and starts to scratch himself. He hand flaps constantly and when he plays he does it with his toys he won't hold on to things but feels them instead. He won't look if you call his name, only if you make a sound he likes. he does make eye contact sometimes but does not hold it long. When he gets excited he tenses up and kicks and tightens his hands. Every time I give him a bite of food he does this. He won't try to sit up on his own, he won't hold his bottle because he's scratching or hand flapping with it, he doesn't babble but only screams ahhhh. I understand every child is different and it could be nothing but I just see a lot of things he does that people say are red flags. 

Milk Machine ✌ 3 kids; 1 angel baby; ,, ,, United States 20017 posts
status Jan 6th

Quoting Graysons Momma:

I was on YouTube watching some vlogs and some how I ended up watching a few on autism. I watched one with a 6 month old doing a hand thing called hand flapping which was identical to what my son does. I always thought my baby had strange behavior and my dad noticed it before anyone. For example he constantly scratches him self, and things. He gets frustrated easily and starts to scratch himself. He hand flaps constantly and when he plays he does it with his toys he won't hold on to things but feels them instead. He won't look if you call his name, only if you make a sound he likes. he does make eye contact sometimes but does not hold it long. When he gets excited he tenses up and kicks and tightens his hands. Every time I give him a bite of food he does this. He won't try to sit up on his own, he won't hold his bottle because he's scratching or hand flapping with it, he doesn't babble but only screams ahhhh. I understand every child is different and it could be nothing but I just see a lot of things he does that people say are red flags. 


My baby does all of that lol 

Milk Machine ✌ 3 kids; 1 angel baby; ,, ,, United States 20017 posts
status Jan 6th

Well except he smiles a lot
but the hand flap and kickin is super normal

.casper. TTC since Jan 2017; 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Neverland, NJ, Christmas Island 1959 posts
Jan 6th

My DS doesn't have a diagnosis yet, but he's in the process of being evaluated and we're fairly certain he has it. By the sounds of it, going off above poster, it works differently over here.
we noticed he was different from birth. He hated being held, even as a new born, all he wanted to do was lie in his basket alone. He didn't even like to be held to be fed his bottle, he had to be sat in his bouncer while I held his bottle, until he quickly learnt to hold the bottle himself. There were lots of other things like no speech or babbling, just lots of high pitched squealing. We didn't become concerned about autism until he was 18 months. He's 2 years 8 months now. He doesn't play with toys how toys are supposed to be played with. His playing with toys is just putting them in and out of things repeatedly. He hates contact with other people, can't  stand being touched or talked to. He doesnt have very much eye contact, hardly respnds to his name, he sometimes hand flaps but he mostly claps his hands, he still squeals a lot, he can be very aggressive, he chews and eats everything, except food (the not eating food is a recent thing). He sits on his own rather than being near everyone else. Lots of other stuff. But definitely the hardest part for us, is that's he mainly lives in his own little world, and we have no idea how to get into it with him yet. Almost 3 years old, and im still longing for the day he walks over to Me and gives me a hug.
i doubt very much they'd even see him at 6 months old. But you could talk to your paediatrician about it so they could monitor

lamb_nodules 2 kids; United Kingdom 3657 posts
Jan 6th

I really wouldn't be home diagnosing him just yet. I think you posted about this already when he was two months old? We're all different as adults so we need to allow that for babies, too. Let him do him and do things his own way at his own pace. There's no way to diagnose him now, anyway. If you're gonna be worrying for the next two or three years you're gonna miss out on enjoying him. 

lamb_nodules 2 kids; United Kingdom 3657 posts
Jan 6th

Quoting lamb_nodules:
I really wouldn't be home diagnosing him just yet. I think you posted about this already when he was a few months old? We're all different as adults so we need to allow that for babies, too. Let him do him and do things his own way at his own pace. There's no way to diagnose him now, anyway. If you're gonna be worrying for the next two or three years you're gonna miss out on enjoying him. 


Oh, and just because one autistic kid on YT hand flaps, doesn't mean they all do. Or that non-autistic babies don't do that. It's like lining things up. It's become a thing where I know a few (imo nuts) parents who discourage their toddlers from sorting things or lining them up. DD did it. In fact, most kids do it. I would be careful about getting hung up on these sort of things. 

MamaBearZ Due October 1 (boy); 2 kids; United States 762 posts
Jan 6th

If I am not mistaken our pedi will evaluate at 2 years and reevaluate at 4 years old. 

Oh Why Not Due August 27 (girl); 1 child; Hallandale beach, Fl, United States 8665 posts
Jan 6th

I noticed a few small delays at that age but not any autism signs. He seemed like a "normal" baby. He didn't really show signs until about 2.

Mαяcєℓιηє 2 kids; 1 angel baby; I don't want to rule the Nightosphere, WV, United States 10577 posts
status Jan 6th

I think that's a little too early, but if you are worried, I would bring it up with your pediatrician.  

Sounds like normal 6 month behavior to me.