I believe I have mentioned my youngest son was diagnosed with Autism at approximately 31 months old. His diagnosis was PDD/NOS ( Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). I touched on the subject about the link between Autism, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia here: http://bipolarmuse.com/2012/02/24/link-in-autism-bipolar-disorder-and-schizophrenia/. I know there is allot of controversy about the possible link between Autism and vaccinations. I truly believe my son was born with it, and I will explain my personal experience with my son. I am not saying anyone is right or wrong regarding vaccinations, only sharing my story.
When my son was born he had a difficulty breast feeding for three months (common for children with autism), and I had to use a breast pump and feed him through a bottle…only the playtex nursers…he refused all else. He also weaned himself from breast feeding at 11months of age because of texture issues. My son had a very high tolerance for pain (also common for children with autism) and did not cry for his circumcision nor for any vaccinations. My son had a speech delay (common for children with autism) and at 2 yrs of age, he only said five words, two of which only I knew what he meant. My son did not play with trucks and cars as other children would (common for children with autism), but instead would get eye level with the tires and roll them back and forth slowly, watching them, sometimes for up to 20 minutes or longer. My son “hand flapped” (common for children with autism). My son would get so engrossed with opening little flaps with his toys, he literally would sit there and open and close them for long periods of time, or sit with a clicker pen and click it fast, then slow, and watch the mechanism that caused the pen to go in and out. My son spoke his own language (jargon, which is common for children with autism). My son made good eye contact with me and his Dad, but nobody else. He did not recognize different emotions at all… now he understands when someone cries it is because they are sad but at first he did not recognize tears to be anything at all…. or frowns and sad faces…all these had to be taught to them. My son disliked loud sounds for example “TV white noise” made him scream…as did my Moms voice. When she would speak to him, he would cover his ears and scream. He had odd behaviors towards many people… Walmart Greeters got the brunt of it. They would say Hi and he would cover his ears and scream, they would try to give him stickers and he would peel them off and throw them… or scream and squirm to the point that they stopped offering them to him. He also had obsessions that would last for a while, then switch to something new. My son would also self injure when he was frustrated. He would bite himself and bang his head against the wall. Fortunately, through speech therapy, we eliminated his frustrations because he began to communicate using pictures, words, and a little sign language.These are all indicators of Autism.
And of coarse, my son has a problem with food texture. This was first seen when he was born and would not breast feed, then noticed when he would use only one type of bottle. As he got older, he would throw up certain textures of food… peas, spaghetti (which he once loved. I had to blend it in a blender and he ate it for a time like that, then eventually started gagging on it as well). He liked only a few foods, dry cereal… bacon…chicken…grilled cheese sandwiches. No fruits nor vegetables. I had to get him to drink the V8 Fusion juice that has a serving of veggies and fruits in each cup. I had to grill his grilled cheese sandwiches in a black iron skillet because some of the iron would transfer to his food, and he had low iron counts. Eating still is the most difficult part. If you make him put something in his mouth, he gags and most of the time throws up. As he is getting older, he has added some things to his diet, though not many. He like french fries, chocolate ice cream, sometimes he will eat scrambled eggs, still loves bacon and chicken, but still no vegetables or fruit.
Here are a couple videos of him playing when he was very little. I apologize that the videos are a bit long… they are just an example of his behaviors. This first one is how he played with his truck. If you watch only a minute, you will get the point of it… I have no clue how to edit. 🙂
This second video is him playing with another truck, and an example of his speech… please excuse the dirty bathroom…lol. Also, again, if you watch a minute, you will get the point. Be sure to listen to the way he speaks. He is approximately 29-31 months old.
I know many children start off with zero Autism symptoms and the digress. My son was not that way at all. He presented all symptoms right away and has progressed tremendously. He started early intervention with speech therapy at 2yrs of age and began school at 3yrs of age. He is now in Kindergarten and he exceeds the requirements for his grade. He has always been extremely intelligent and has a memory that is unbelievable…especially with numbers. My last visit, he read to me, he read Green Eggs and Ham. 🙂 Not only was he reading, but he would look up from the book and continued reading, so I know he was reciting from his memory. My son is amazing, beautiful, and perfect… the way our Creator intended him to be. ♥