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    is my son autistic?
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    leelee9010 posted:
    My 3 year old is being evaluated by a preschool Thursday and I am terrified they will say he is autistic.

    He is 3 and has only a few words. Stop, no, go and mama. The rest is initelligeble babble.

    He understands a lot of what you tell him and follows instructions.

    He waves points, returns smiles, imitates, etc.

    The thing is he is very hyperactive. He cannot sit still. He is constantly on the go. Running, jumping playing very loudly. He babbles to himself very loudly and is always squealing and laughing loudly while doing this.

    He also likes to climb things. The stairs, furniture, etc. Once he used a crutch leaning against a bookshelf as a ladder to get some candy I put on the top. If he wants it he'll find a way to climb if I won't give it to him.

    I'm worried because I read that hyperactivity combined with speech delays is almost always autism or pddnos...

    But he does not seem to have sensory issues. He doesn't have a problem with any textures, sights or sounds or get upset at a change in routine or anything like that.

    I don't know how he is socially. He has never been around a child his age and doesn't meet strangers often. Although when he does he doesn't seem to have issues with them. Sometimes he is overly friendly . He has tried to kiss strangers he meets.

    I was worried he might have glue ear because he often acts like his right ear is itchy and sometimes he whines and holds it.

    But when I took him to his ped she said his ears looked fine. Plus as I said he follows instructions and responds to his name almost 100% of the time.Additional DetailsWhen he wants something he leads me and his father to it, brings it to us or points.. is it possible this is a sensory process disorder or adhd. I was diagnosed with adhd when I was around his age.
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    ekacie responded:
    Nothing to be terrified about unless you are uninformed. Autistic children can be just as productive and happy as any kid.


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