Autism

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is autistic. 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.

In 2007, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that doctors begin screening babies for autism as early as 18 months. But doctors agree that there are very few behaviors or telltale autistic or Asperger’s signs that babies exhibit at 18 months.

Early Signs of Autism

Children are typically diagnosed with autism by age 4, as they begin to gain or lose their social skills. Doctors are diagnosing autistic children earlier now than they did in the past.

That is because more parents are aware of the early signs of autism and they are getting their babies screened earlier.

Doctors believe babies who are diagnosed with autism and treated before 18 months don’t go on to develop full autism later on.

Be mindful that autism manifests differently in different children. Not every child will exhibit the same autistic traits.

The following signs will usually be present in children age 18 months or older. The typical signs of autism include flapping their hands, jumping and rocking back and forth, vocal sounds, odd blinking, inappropriate laughing or giggling, late bloomers (i.e. delay in rolling over, crawling, walking, talking) etc.

Below are early signs and symptoms of autism.

 

1. He Doesn’t Respond to His Name Being Called

 
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The typical child will respond to his name being called by age 6 months old. Autistic children don’t respond to their own name and they don’t turn around to see where the sound is coming from. Your child may not be stubborn or intentionally ignoring you. Most autistic children are diagnosed by a speech or hearing therapist.
 

2. Autistic Blank Stare Or Asperger’s Stare

 
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Sometimes your baby will sit and stare randomly into space for a few seconds to a few minutes. The blank stare is sometimes accompanied by “silent seizures” where the child’s body goes stiff for a few seconds. They usually are not aware of the brief passage of time. Silent seizures won’t damage your child’s brain but he should be screened for autism or Asperger’s syndrome. Children who are never diagnosed with Asperger’s may grow up to stare inappropriately at people. This behavior is sometimes misdiagnosed as OCD Staring.
 

3. They Don’t Point at objects or people

The absence of gestures such as pointing is among the earliest signs of autism that parents often miss. The typical 12 month old baby will point at objects or people and they will gaze into your eyes to make sure you see what interests them. Autistic babies don’t point or gaze into your eyes. Autistic children miss out on learning complex social behaviors such as looking at the eye region when conversing or developing an innate empathy for others.
 

4. They Avoid Eye Contact and Stare at Mouths

 
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One of the first things a newborn baby does after they emerge from the womb is make eye contact with you. Autistic babies usually avoid eye contact and they tend to stare at your mouth when you speak. That’s because they have a need to sync the sound of your voice with the movement of your lips. They don’t look at your eyes when you speak because that’s not where the sound is coming from. Forcing autistic children to look at you when you speak causes more harm than good.
 

5. Your Child is Too Perfect

Some parents miss the early signs of autism if their children are too perfect, meaning they are too quiet or seemingly well-mannered or well-behaved. But child experts say babies who are too quiet, keep to themselves, don’t cry, show no facial expressions and don’t babble or coo are exhibiting signs of autism.
 

6. They Don’t Yawn When You Yawn

 
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Another symptom of autism that parents often miss is autistic children don’t respond when you yawn by yawning themselves. When a child yawns in response to your yawn, this is called contagious yawning. Typically, children don’t begin responding to your yawns until after age 4. But studies have shown that children with autism don’t yawn at all in response to your yawns.
 

7. Child Seems Fixated On Spinning Toys

 
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Pay attention to the types of toys your child seems fixated on. Autistic children tend to fixate on spinning toys such as Fidget Spinners or they will turn toy cars over and spin the wheels. They also prefer battery-operated toys with bright lights and sounds. They will not play with “typical” toys such as stuffed animals.
 

8. They Line Toys Up in a Specific Order

 
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Autistic children require order and repetition in their lives. They get frustrated when things don’t line up in a specific order. They prefer repetition like repeating patterns such as lining up their toy cars. They will often ask you to play the same video or the same song over and over again.
 

9. Isolate Themselves and Don’t Play Well with Others

Parents of autistic children say they noticed a problem when their babies ignored other children or toys and preferred playing alone or with “non-toy” items such as repeatedly tugging on curtains or straightening the frills on a throw rug.
 

10. Repeats Every Line In Their Favorite Movies Or Songs

Autistic children may not be great conversationalists, but some of them can memorize and repeat every line in a movie, book or song. When a child repeats the same words or movie quote over and over, this is called Echolalia. Some parents report that their child’s first words were the lines to a favorite cartoon or movie — which they repeated over and over again.

These are just some of the early signs that indicate your child might be autistic. If your child exhibits any of these signs, he or she should be screened by a board certified pediatric psychologist or therapist who specializes in autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

www.autismspeaks.com recommends the following three steps from first concern to action.

  • Step 1: Learn the signs
  • Step 2: Screen your child
  • Step 3: Access services
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    Autism or Asperger’s syndrome are treatable if diagnosed early (by age 18-24 months).

     

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    • SweetTEE

      Does anyone believe this is caused by vaccines?

    • Gloria

      Thanks for sharing. My nephew is severely autistic. He is verbal but he can not initiate or carry on a conversation. And of course, the state’s education system does not cater to his condition for his specific learning needs. He’s another money ticket with another IPE, unfortunately.

      More attention and education on this unique population is needed so they can be able to integrate within society peacefully….

    • Sally Wright McLinn

      I am all for abortions being allowed for parents who discover pre-natally that their child will have a special needs like autism. I’ve been in the presence of low/mild autistic children and high autistic children and it is scary. They have to be watched at all times. They are not as self-reliant as downs syndrome children. I really feel sorry for parents who have severe autistic children.

    • Sally Wright McLinn

      I’m a baby boomer and I don’t remember ever mentally challenged children in my midst. There were “slow learners” buy nothing like this. There’s something wrong in the country where these many children are being produced that have these severe special needs. I’m not saying all children should be perfect, but this is way too much happening.

    • Tammie Reed

      I have so many friends that have kids with Autism, so sad! I wonder why it targets boys more than girls? I hate this!

    • Sally Wright McLinn

      No, I don’t. I think there’s something wrong with diet. There’s something wrong with the environment and let’s face it, a lot of women (and men) use a lot of drugs these days. A LOT!

    • Holler If Ya Hear Me

      Definitely plays a role, especially when children are within the womb

    • iWasteTime

      Good Morning
      After reading this, I may be Autistic.

    • tintin

      my sister just found out her son is autistic, she said she found at many times he was just unaware and his speech is still not there.Finally a doctor did diagnose it. She was so emotional and had me crying up a storm. Her husband is so hurt over this and they are trying their best to get through it.

      They are scared of what is to come. My sister and husband do believe it is related to vaccines, she says she wished she had waited longer for him to get his needles. She would have started them when he was 4 instead of when he was a baby.

      After watching a documentary on vaccines and autism I somewhat kind of believe it. Its just weird it affects some kids and not all. And yes i find it happens more with boys than girls. I’m also find it affecting a lot of black children more and more each day.

      BTW the kids in up top in the pics are so cute.

    • MsPam

      Cute kids!

    • davine puddin

      Sometimes people who suffer from aspergers are not diagnosed until adult especially in the black community. Some aspy people are smart but social skills less than desired. It’s hard. But when finding a place to fit in all is well. I suffered. Now I take meds and able to be in college and work as a late adult. Therapy and psychologist help. Everything I do I have to say. Be present be mindful be aware. If you see the signs get them help. I’ve never been to a birthday party or had a best friend. I am in my 40s and finally got help. Get your family members help.

    • shun king

      i know this lady who have an totally out of control autistic son, she let him get away and do what ever he wanted while he was young,he is older now and attacks her if she dont move fast enough in doing things for him

    • Caramel_kiss

      Yes, I do absolutely! I am a avid lurker here :-) and this is my first time commenting. I felt moved as I have a son with Autism he’s six. I have been to every doctor, speech therapist, etc possible. They have all told me that there is “no science to prove that vaccinations cause autism”. That’s not a confirmation or denial. My son was developing at a normal rate until about 18 months, (after vaccines). The first signs i noticed was he begin to stare into space, he no longer made eye contact as he had before, he didn’t respond to loud noises or his name being called. At first i thought that he was deaf, i had his hearing tested twice, (not including the hearing test when he was born) I was told his hearing is perfect. Shortly after he was diagnosed with autism, no doctor could tell me exactly what caused this, but i know that i had a completely different baby after 18 months around the time he got his vaccinations. :-(

    • shun king

      something is defiantly wrong i think the usa has the highest rate of autism i wonder do it come from sitting these kids in front of the tv all day and maybe diet

    • INDUSTRY GURU

      Your welcome Beyonce…

    • davine puddin

      Once they find where they fit in they will be okay. I had to go work back at post office to have a routine. I take meds for my ocd and inappropriate outbursts among other things. People would say I stare to much and venture off into different topics. My college and work supervisors work with me. Everyone make sure i take my meds. I scored a 90 on the postal exam. And top 1 percent of any aptitude test. But will fail an interview because of my disability. your family member will be fine with help.

    • Kanyade

      ???

    • Kayke

      They don’t know the cause but have a treatment if caught early? How do they know the treatment works and that its not that the child was not going to go any further on the spectrum, anyway?….since the factors that contribute to going further up the spectrum is not known.
      Treatments without root cause is basically an experiment …. And that list of early signs and symptoms is a joke (baby staring at your lips….it’s what they do when you talk to them)…..reads more like recruitment for their experiment.

    • datjerk

      While I was I the Army, I had a soldier who had 4 boys while in my squad. All four boys were seemingly normal until around 18 mos, then they would slowly regress.

    • Kayke

      Read a pretty convincing study that pointed at the high levels of folic acid thats prescribed for pregnancy + fortified foods. Folate is whats needed and what our body recognizes….folic acid is chemical the body can turn into folate but not efficiently. The unmetabolized Folic Acid builds up in the moms blood becoming detrimental and puts baby at a higher risk of autism and other neurological problems.

    • RVAMade

      I appreciate this article because the earlier that the diagnosis is made the sooner the child can receive help. Thank you Ms. Rose for posting this. I am a mother of a now four year old who was diagnosed as being nonverbal autistic at the age of two by a speech therapist. The speech therapist then recommended her for a program called ESCE (Early Childhood Special Education) through the county I live in which consisted of her being seen by an administrator of special education, a teacher for students with disabilities, speech/language pathologist, school psychologist (they diagnosed her with autism as well). She was then seen by a developmental pediatrician who made the official diagnosis.

    • bemetoo

      shit well im autistic based on the above statments , hell them near all my friends kids are too

    • Sally Wright McLinn

      Maybe that’s why Trump wants more Norwegians to immigrate to the US? Just IMO.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      That’s a blessing that you got help for your daughter so early. Thanks for reading.

    • hottlanta

      Vaccine doesn’t cause autism. That came from overzealous parents. Now mumps, measles,whooping coughs and other diseases are on the rise because people refuse to vaccinate their kids.

    • Noirluv45

      It’s been said that immunizations cause it. Of course, pharma disputes it, but there are have been many studies that show it could be true.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      I was recently diagnosed. Hence, the reason I posted this.

    • Itzgoingdown

      There are a lot of very young, pre teen black boys being misdiagnosed, drugged up and put in special education. Some parents (mostly single) are pushing to have their kids diagnosed as special needs to get extra benefits and a monthly CRAZY CHECK. I’d like to also see a post about that.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Remember that vaccines are nothing but inactive virus. I doubt it’s caused by an inactive virus.

    • Noirluv45

      Unfortunately, vaccines are not good and it’s been proven to cause autism. Many studies (and I usually don’t believe every study I read), show the link between autism and vaccines. I wouldn’t vaccinate my child. Of course, the medical profession/pharma is going to push it because it’s $$ in their pockets. My sister, who is a doctor, has done thousands of hours of research on this subject. Here’s a good link to read, especially point 4: Why autism is associated with vaccines.

      https://www.naturalnews.com/vaccines_get_the_full_story.html

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Exactly. vaccines are inactive virus. Autism is a disorder of the brain.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Please hug your sister and tell her vaccines do not cause autism. Vaccines are nothing but inactive virus. A virus does not cause autism.

    • Noirluv45

      Antivirus + all the other crap they add.

    • Noirluv45

      You’re sister is right. Read this article: https://www.naturalnews.com/vaccines_get_the_full_story.html

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      I think we all have elements of autism. I recently found out I have Asperger’s. No shame in my game. At least now I know why I do certain things.

    • davine puddin

      Thank you. I just wish my family would get educated. I had a person who i know that does drugs drink and an over all mess commented to me (oh you must didnt take your meds) all because i was talking about how much i enjoy dave mathews band. Sometimes when people know what you are going thru anything you say or do differently they blame it on your illness. But thanks sandra.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      It may have something to do with a defect on the Y chromosome.

    • Noirluv45

      As a nurse, you know that there are certain medications that not only help cover up diseases, but create them. The side effects are horrendous and even deadly.

    • Noirluv45

      I read this and found it to be very compelling.

      “Three specific hypotheses have been proposed: (1) the combination measles-mumps-rubella vaccine causes autism by damaging the intestinal lining, which allows the entrance of encephalopathic proteins; (2) thimerosal, an ethylmercury-containing preservative in some vaccines, is toxic to the central nervous system; and (3) the simultaneous administration of multiple vaccines overwhelms or weakens the immune system.”

    • Noirluv45

      My sister’s step-son recently had a baby and they wanted to give her 7 vaccinations at once. He said, “Hell no.” To be honest, we had our dog vaccinated and she almost died. I don’t trust the system.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      The alternative (not getting the vaccines) is even more horrendous. Have you ever seen a person with polio? Please stop spreading misinformation on this blog.

    • iWasteTime

      I beleive you’re right.
      I related to at least 2 of the above listed.
      Thanks for sharing your truth Sandra!

    • Noirluv45

      Yes!

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      I understand. We tend to go off on tangents, and we get frustrated when people change the boring subject. ?

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      That sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo that has never been proven. No real doctor would say such nonsense. If vaccines were dangerous everyone would be autistic. Again, please stop spreading misinformation.

    • Noirluv45

      The medical profession will never acknowledge their dirt because they have an agenda: $$

    • Noirluv45

      It could be all of the above.

    • Kayke

      I hear that as a possibility….but it’s hard for me to see how it discriminates …. Why are more boys affected? 4x more. Are these vaccines gender disbursed? Why are blaxk boys with autism the growing group?…. are they disbursed by race. I honestly do not believe it is a post pregnancy causation, alone. The vaccine may bring on the symptoms if the foundation is there. I believe it’s the prenatal vitamins….and the extreme doses of chemicals moms are exposed to via food. A study showed newborns on average have over 200 industrial pollutants and chemicals in it’s blood at birth ….blood taken from the the ambilical cord.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Thank you! I think Beyonce has Asperger’s Syndrome. I’ve seen that blank stare. ?

    • Noirluv45

      Sandra, I don’t believe I’m spreading misinformation on this blog. What I’m sharing has been said before. I am sharing my opinion. It’s up to each of us to do our own research. If someone wants to vaccinate their child, that’s their prerogative. I’m just speaking what I believe.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      If I had to guess I would say it’s the hormones and other additives they put in the food in America. I saw an article this week that confirmed food additives cause cancer. So there you go.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      I really would hate to see you go, but if you post any more of your unproven “research,” I have to ban you. There are moms in here who have autistic children, and what they don’t need are conspiracy theories.

    • Noirluv45

      Sandra, when you see one of the countless drug commercials, do they not rattle a list of deadly side effects? We know meds don’t cure the disease; they cover up.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      All drugs have side effects. Asprin, Tylenol, etc. have side effects. That doesn’t mean they re-wire your brain.

    • Noirluv45

      I beg to differ, Sandra. They just aren’t going along with the status quo and we know that’s a no-no in the medical field.

    • Noirluv45

      I agree. I think the causes are multi-factorial.

    • Noirluv45

      If I’m spreading misinformation, then you better accuse others of doing the same. Just because I don’t see things the way you do, doesn’t mean I’m misinformed.

      Sandra, how many medical professionals are going to admit that many of the diseases we have today (no time in history have their been as many cancer diagnoses as there are now) are due to lack of proper nutrition, much of which the medicines wash out (such as Prilosec that rids of the stomach of acid and causes nutrients not to be absorbed). People don’t want to hear that because they’ve been brainwashed to believe medicine and pill popping will heal them.

    • Kayke

      Yup! Bacon and hotdogs are classified as a class 1 carcinogen for causing cancer…..same class as asbestos and tobacco smoking…..but its still sold to us.

    • Sircaput

      My son is Autistic he is 15 now but we din not recognize the earlier signs until we had finally got him diagnosed which took many Dr visits even had to make him an inpatient at a facility for like 8 months which was a hard toll on my marriage, we got through though and my son is currently in the 10th grade and on the honor roll, he’s not in a public school but school that teaches autistic children..it’s funny cause in public my son will not talk to anyone or look at you in the eyes when he speaks to myself and his mother but put him on that PS4 and he a different child cause he be on there talking loud and telling people what to do through the headset but if he met them in person ho would not have anything to do with anyone.

    • Noirluv45

      Look, I’m not telling anyone to stop immunizing their children, Sandra. They are adults. I’m giving another alternative. People walk around with blinders on. I’m not speaking untruths. My mother spent 2.5 years in the hospital. I watched her die. My sister is a doctor and has been one for 30 years and has seen the effects. I’m speaking my opinion, and if that means banning me, than, do what what you need to do.

      It’s up to each parent to do their own research. What I’m saying here has been said elsewhere, so I’m not making it up. The “conspiracy theory” mantra is what’s messing people up today because they are so brainwashed. They’ve been made to believe pills solve problems and that nutrition isn’t the source of many of the ills we have today, but you see, that’s not a popular narrative except for those who choose to think out of the box.

      I’m done with this conversation because if I can’t share my opinions, then there is no need for me to continue.

    • SweetTEE

      Im so sorry to hear that. My little cousins are autistic and I worked in a group home for the mentally disabled, so my heart goes out to you. I dont have children yet, but I see a lot of medical publications that suggest the same about vaccinations and it definitely worries me.

    • SweetTEE

      I can see your point.

    • Kayke

      I wouldn’t call it misinformation…more so that it needs to be in context. I can see these effects on a child that is already chemically compromised. Likened to the flu taking an Aids patient’s life versus a healthy person getting the flu and getting over it. It’s not a lie if you say that “the flu kills”…. it’s just out of context.

    • Noirluv45

      Sandra thinks I’m trying to convince parents not to immunize their children. I don’t have that power. I’ve shared my feelings on this blog, and that’s exactly what they are…my feelings. Do your research. If you want to immunize their child, that’s your choice. All I’m saying is be open-minded about things. Research and come up with your own conclusions.

    • tintin

      Congrats. This is a good story!!

    • tintin

      all 4 what in the hell!! never heard of something like this. so could it be something within the parents genes that cause this?Age? family history etc?

    • Calikush

      My son did all these things early that’s what made me get him tested! He was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old! Early intervention is very important! I had to go through a lot with my school didstrict(LAUSD) they were only giving my son 30 mins of speech therapy a week! It’s like how is that helping him? But, I did manage to get into some programs and I got a lawyer and fought to get my son services and to get into a school that was geared towards his needs (Social) which he is in now! He’s fourteen now and a A/B student who loves math, airplanes, cars, trains, and basketball! He is a great kid, so I can’t complain! Early intervention makes a heck of a difference! If u have a child that may be autistic, get tested early and get ready for a fight to get him/ her the things they need! It’s an uphill battle but it’s worth the fight!

    • Calikush

      Don’t feel sorry for me, my son is very independent and his Autism do not define him! He may be socially awkward but he is bright, polite and smart and I wouldn’t change him for nothing! Sometime I think Autistic people have more sense than us normal folks! ?????

    • hottlanta

      Pharma disputes it but the expensive natural foods folks got a pill for it. You got a vaccine and you didn’t die.

    • Noirluv45

      When I think of natural foods, I think of them including all the nutrients necessary for our bodies. All the natural food claims aren’t actually natural. We all know why pharma’s going to dispute it. Yes, I’ve gotten many vaccines when I was a child (not anymore) , but who said something about dying?

    • lulu’smommy

      I’m currently in the process of the early intervention stage with my 3 yr old Lulu. Is there anyway I could talk to you off of SR? I have so many questions and just need a little insight on what course of action I should be taking when it comes to getting her services and what to do about school.

    • Shannypoo1976

      My son is autistic. I was in denial at first, but my mom and grandmother were telling me that he should be talking and walking by now when he was two years old. I got mad because being a mother, it’s hard to hear anything about your babies but I eventually got him tested. It just sucks because he has the desire to make friends and talk to people but people that don’t know him tend to ignore him. I was at an all time low when we went on vacation to Fiesta Texas and even though we were at a theme park with all sorts of things to do he couldn’t have fun because all he could think about was the other kids that he saw running and playing together. He was looking sad so I went and sat next to him and he said “Mama, I just want to have friends” God this broke my heart. I’m cryng as I type right now because I see his struggles daily. He can draw the most beautiful 3D images and so I have MADE him join an art club near my house. I went with him the first three times but now he’s got the hang of it and they love him.

    • SayWhatNow?

      My 16 year old son has Aspergers, we have been seeing developmental specialists since he was in kindergarten and they diagnosed him with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder and a few other problems but not Asperger until 2016. I kept saying something else was wrong for YEARS, even took him to see a psychiatrist and was told he just needed his daddy. That may have been true but an earlier diagnosis could have possibly helped others understand what he was struggling with and not just label him as weird or bad.

    • datjerk

      That was my thinking. That, or it was environmental.

    • Caramel_kiss

      thank you! it’s definitely been a battle, but he has progressed tremendously. He ‘s extremely smart, kind, and sweet. He loves to read (5th grade level reading and comprehension) and write. He still have problems being social making eye contact. He doesn’t like crowds of people. He’ll probably never have a birthday party, and doesn’t want to attend when invited. He doesn’t play with other kids, but he recently told me he wants a sister, when we went to visit my niece , so maybe thats a start? When he was first diagnosed i was in denial :-( but the more i researched and learned about autism it made things much easier. I’m still learning and growing with him, but as a mother knowing my child i know there was definitely a difference after he got vaccinated.

    • GREAT

      I am really glad to read that some of you on here are doing something to help your children……….BTW small kids need flu shots.

    • Quitedeliteful

      I remember getting some of my vaccines. I think kids are getting too many vaccines too early…

    • Tee Bullock

      Omg this hurts, I always teach my 8 year old son to be nice to others at school. He has an autistic friend in his class and they are really good friends. I’m glad the class loves your son!

    • hottlanta

      You are not crying alone my dear. Love come in a club we all cry together. We all fall into the parent trap of the “PERFECT” baby and when it happens to us there is no manual for us to handle it. We feel ashamed and beat ourselves up blaming it on something we ate or did wrong. You did nothing wrong it is what it is. Thank God there are proper tools in place where you child could stay home with you. People say we didn’t see a lot of kids with autism from back in the day. Well back in the good ole healthy days they were shipped off, out of sight and out of mind to the “special schools”. Have to educate these youngsters. Being older has it privileges. Even the Kennedy’s had a daughter Rose with autism but the historians never discuss her. Be glad you are free to talk about it. Glad you have sought out an outlet for him to exercise his talents. Tell your angel that it is hard for us “normal” people to make friends everyone doesn’t like us either. Your son is lucky to have you, you are lucky to have him and the world is lucky to have the both of you. Dry those tears. You don’t want me to come at you, do you.

    • SweetTEE

      Well your child will most certainly be fine because you are very invested in his well being :)… and I’m going to do some more research into these vaccinations. I guess if you choose to not allow your child to get them, you also choose to home school apparently.

    • Readytochokemothernatureout

      ??

    • sunni_daze

      My former neighbor’s son had every symptoms on that flow chart posters.

    • Kimberly King

      I teach a few kids who are autistic. They are all so sweet. It took a while for them to warm up to me and the class. At the beginning they never smiled. Now, I see them laughing when I crack a joke here and there. One is an amazing writer, the other one is super talented at drawing and the other one loves science. When their SPED teacher told me I would have them in my math classes, I made sure I researched autism and what I could do to help them and make them feel comfortable.

    • Chase Anthony

      Sending you a big hug! He’s lucky to have you!

    • Chase Anthony

      Sending you a big hug! He’s lucky to have you!

    • Chase Anthony

      Thank you for sharing, this mad me cry. Thank you all for putting your story out there!

    • Chase Anthony

      The best comment thread thus far. Even though I am at my desk balling, I feel hopeful. thanks

    • Youngblood

      Lmao with all these new crap. This sounds like a normal child .We all learn different, Some faster some slower. All that dam medicine they given your child makes them slow.And the doctors money

    • Floriduhh Evans

      Dang am I autistic???

    • Shannypoo1976

      <3 Thank you. That means a lot.

    • Shannypoo1976

      Thank you. I have learned that I’m lucky to have him too. He has taught me a lot! Patience was hard for me untill I had him so the drivers on the Beltway in Houston during rush hour traffic can thank him too!

    • Shannypoo1976

      <3

    • Shannypoo1976

      Wow… I’m so sorry to hear that….My son has autism too and I try to look at our situation from a positive point. God gave me this child and gave me to him so we belong together. When you have a child with a disability, slacking is not an option. So even on days when I have nothing else to give, I have to muster up the energy from somewhere because my pumpkin needs me. In the process I’ve lost weight(this is a good thing because we all are trying to eat better for his sake), I’ve learned A LOT, and I volunteer at the school in the special education program because I’m always curious to see if the kids are being treated fairly. So for every negative, I dig deep and find a positive. I have to do this to stay sane. Praying for you

    • Cannelle

      This is an informative article. Glad that I read it.

    • Gamer?? Chick

      Great information Sandra.

    • Layah Jhene

      Population control. Vaccines causes Autism. That’s why majority of autistic people are males

    • Anji

      My son was too good and red had the state. Correct diagnosis by 3. Aspergers. I’m a performer and musician, so are As family, godparents etc. I had no babysitters close so Q in his carriers slept under baby grands, accessed a 12 member family of drums, danced before walking. Having no friends became having them. All a bit younger and that was the key for comfort. He had art at 7 and learned to fly at 9. I invested in his interests and focused on abilities. Difficult school subjects utilized rhythms and melody.
      Find what they enjoy and don’t worry about what comes with difficulty or.not at all. I refused SE classes, he learned more at home. School later gave him opportunities for same age friendships. No dances or promos but having mastered jazz and classical piano he became a T.A. finding his time to shine finally Today successful

    • Choppituph

      was he vaccinated?

    • Choppituph

      I try to tell my friends about these vaccines. it falls on deaf ears. the matrix got them blinders on tight

    • SayWhatNow?

      Yes

    • Noirluv45

      You know, it normally does fall on deaf ears because people have been soooo conditioned. It goes against the grain and it’s hard for some people to shake free. They’d rather dismiss your advice than to research it. It’s easier that way. “The matrix got them blinders on tight.” ?? Yes, indeed!

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Thanks hon.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Sounds like family genetics.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Great story. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Kayke

      Until you do the research to find out that the polio vaccine didn’t cure polio as polio is a diseased csuse by malnutrition…..started to occur when brown rice and flour was bleached and removed all the nutrients. Polio “disappeared” because they started to fortified white breads, rice, and cereals with the nutrients they original bleached out. They figured it out, but didn’t tell us so they can celebrate their vaccine and win the masses acceptance of vaccines as cures. That vaccine is a dud and probably the causation of subsequent disease.

    • PynkCloudz

      Hearing this makes my heart heavy and I know how it feels, absolutely heart breaking. My daughter is also living with Aspergers, one day she just said out of nowhere I have zero friends, and zero is sad. My husband cried and so did I. Thank you for sharing your story, it helps more than you will ever know. My daughter is 5 now and in occupational therapy and has made a lot of progress socially. Academically she is ready for 1st grade and can skip kindergarten, but her social maturity is not ready. One day at time, and we enjoy every moment of our fascinating child.

    • Shannypoo1976

      That’s the same issue we have. Academically he is practically a genius, but his social skills suffer. My son is 17 now but his level of sociability is probably at 12. I was so hard on myself when he first got diagnosed. Although it’s a little easier now I still cry at all of his school ARD (Admission, Review, and Dismissal) meetings. We sit around a big conference table with the school psychologist, counselor, principle, special education teachers, and speech therapist to discuss his progress and lack there of. It’s just hard seeing your baby struggle with anything.

    • Michael Washington

      I have Autism LMAO…frfr…these symptoms, but I also grew up black gay and intelligent so….
      maybe im just tired of judgmental fake hoes..lol..and on the real…I mean every word..I want a sign to wear around my neck that denotes im crazy..

      As most people avoid, them they feel superior too..

    • Alex J

      Both children are lucky to have you both.

      Perhaps you can check with your city or county and see if they offer any activities or programs where they can mingle with other kids in the area.

    • Nonya Bizness

      My mom has mentioned Rosemary to me many times, and how awful it was to ship her away and have her Lobotomized like they did, then virtually ignoring her after they disabled her with the Lobotomy.

    • Shannypoo1976

      All over it. And thank you!! Your words mean a lot.