- Jack was not saying any words by 18 months (he did say mama a few times, but never in context)
- We thought he was deaf when he was 12 months old onwards as he never responded to his name or requests (we got his hearing tested and it's all clear)
- He never pointed and still doesn't point (a bit of a red flag)
- He has minimal eye contact, but he is capable of a bit of eye contact
- He loves to spin objects, especially wheels
- He also likes to spin himself (my male ballerina haha)
- Jack flaps his hands (not all the time, but definately more than 'normal')
- I thought Jack loved 'dancing' whilst sitting down... it's a bit more like rocking really...
- He 'hums' a lot; makes sounds such as "ah ah ah ah" continuously
- He isn't a fan of other children; he tends to push them away or tries to bite them (but only if they invade his personal space... I totally understand)
- He seems to have a lot of 'sensory issues'. He likes deep pressure, especially around the diaphragm/stomach. Hates touching the grass and dirt with his whole hand so when he falls down in the backyard he likes to land on the 'heel' of his hand.
- Jack likes to line objects up or stack them
- He shakes his head, but not to say "no", just for the 'buzz', a sensory thing
We started Speech Therapy well before this diagnosis and it was in fact the therapist that suggested he may have Autism due to a few red flags. We are now starting on Occupational Therapy. Jack is also attending the Early Intervention Playgroup I took Liam to.. well we never actually left really.
I am confident that Jack will respond very positively to the therapies and we also have him on a Gluten Free Casein Free diet.