What ever made you aware your son or daughter would be different?
From around 18 months he did not respond in the way that would be age approciate as I already had a daughter and things were not moving in the same direction. My son activities centered on lining up cars, putting things straight and moving drawers into been pulled out exactly even. He had no interest in getting involved with activities I would have assumed normal for his age. He would never respond to his name and seemed to be in a world of his own not wanting any interaction from me or anyone else in his life. By the age of 2 he still had no speech and I was led to believe he may be deaf and in turn carried out a test which told me he had full hearing. I was extremely concerned but no matter how much I tried to get an opinion on him I was always told he was a late developer or he had a speech impairment. He was doing speech therapy between ages 2 to 3 yrs with minimal improvement. During this time he remained in his own world and I I was on the waiting list for a psychologist to see him having got a referral from his G.P. The area health nurse seen him and she was concerned at this stage as he was now 3 and had still not improved in his speech dvelopment. Finally after 7 long months on the waiting list he was finally diagnosed as autistic.
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