Overlooking the Obvious Signs of Autistic Behavior

Life gets busy having 6 children in the family and can seem out of control, at times, when 2 out of those 6 have developmental disabilities.

In fact, I was so consumed with the needs of my three oldest children (then 3, 4 and 5) I didn’t originally suspect anything out of the ordinary with Jonathan who was later diagnosed with autism.

In the beginning, before Jonathan was diagnosed, I really didn’t see anything different about his behavior…or maybe I just didn’t want to.

You know how kids are at a young age. They can display some weird behavior, yet be perfectly healthy, which is the reasoning that initially threw me off the trail so to speak.

Jonathan would spin around in circles, stare into space, avoid crowds, lack parallel play, line up objects, lack of eye contact, take steps downstairs one at a time, be fascinated with game shows like Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy and watch the same movie repeatedly.

Looking back it all seemed “normal”. In fact, I thought he was extraordinarily bright since he began reading at the age of 2 1/2, when he read the word “recycle” off of a truck.

Even mishaps give a clue yet I chalked it up as an “accident” when Jonathan was so fascinated with the computer that he became mesmerized by it and ended up falling off the computer table on two different times, which resulted in stitches both times.

Sometimes, against all logic, we refuse to investigate or even believe what is happening right in front of us.

How did you finally overcome the denial that something was just not right?

When did you first come to realize that something was amiss?

Please share your story with me, what you did and what happened.

To share your story, leave a comment below.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Karen Simmons
Mother, Wife, Author, Founder & CEO of AutismToday.com


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Jennifer Moura

5 years ago

My husband and I streuggled to conceive our son for 8 years. So when we found out we were expecting, we both felt so privledged to become parents. My older sister has 2 boys on the spectrum and ALWAYS spoke of the “warning signs” but I always felt that it wouldnt happen to me.

When Gabriel was 3 he was invited to a birthday party at the YMCA. This was our first big boy party and we were so excited that he seemed to be making friends. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks! My child is not playing like the other children. In fact he is not playing with them at all. He is playing all by himself in a corner. In my heart I knew what I was seeing, but could not accept it.

We made an appointment with our peditrician who stated that he didnt see anything to be worried about, but that he would give us a refferal to ease my mind. So we go to this neurologist who clearly told us that our son was “NOT ON THE SPECTRUM” but to come back in 6 months. I now know that many doctors are afraid to diagnose young children, but Early Diagnosis is crutial.

That was all my husband needed to hear. He “heard” that our son did not have Autisum and insisted that I was the one who needed help. In my heart, I knew that something was “off” and signed up for an evaluation with the Early Intervention Program thru the local schools against his will.

The EI program stated that Gabriel was “Developpmentally Delayed” and palced him in one of their developmental preschool programs. We also signed up for speech therapy as well as a program at “The Little Gym” to help channel some of his stimming. (He loves to flip and spin- LOL) Additionally, we had play therapy twice a week to help him learn how to express himself.

Gabriel is now 5 1/2 and I am proud to say he is enrolled in “Normal Kindergarten” He still receives speech and the teacher knows of his medical diagnosis of Aspergers only in an effort to help her understand him better. This is proof that early intervention works!

My husband still does not accept the diagnosis, but at this point that is irrevelant. The big question is what areas does my child need some help and how can I provide that help. Call it whatever you want – he will always be my SPECIAL BOY and I love him just the way he is!

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