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    I have some experience on the autism front. There is a fairly famous autistic person by the name of Temple Grandin, she couldn't speak much when she was a child.

    Intelligent Autisitics divide / overlap two rough categories, the verbally adept, and the visually adept. The verbally proficient and intelligent autistic kid at two will talk the hind leg off a donkey using words unexpectedly large for his/her age, though will use them in a mimicked but possibly misunderstood context. Eg (indignant tone) "In future you are stepping on my foot". The words "in future" came from the "I'm annoyed with you" context but without the understanding.

    Visually adept (aspergers) kids don't do so well with words but do really well with hieroglyphics or pictures - so you have a chart of pictures with different ideas represented eg food, drink, school, book, toilet, bath, bed time, etc etc.

    But for your son, rebec, it could be something completely different. Who knows. I do think the earlier the experts come up with communication strategies for your son, the better for his future socialisation skills - it's hard to get along with other people if you can't or won't talk.

    But try lots of different things and approaches, and experts until you find the one that works. A lot of strategies that work well for autistic/aspergers work well for other kids eg highly structured routines, plans that are announced ahead of time (with the added provisio that they may be changed) and a lot of visual reminders and cues and lists of things to take / do for each occasion.

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    My five year old son has speaking delays. At first they thought it was autism now it is "undiagnosed". Speech therapy is great, he learnt a lot with them. One suggestion - do you have an early intervention school near you? If you do push to get him enrolled. They really are great.

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    Oh and that's another thing (thanks for reminding me Anne!) My son can hear extremely low sounds, to the point that they did the test three times as they were sure there was something wrong with the test. However has a lot of trouble with the deeper sounds, therefore this means if there is a lot of background noise he has a lot of trouble hearing - hence his issues with the start of his speaking - 4 kids plus daycare kids does not make a quiet house! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Has he had his hearing tested?
    Arranging that aswell, he passed his newborn screening. But I guess it could deteriorate since then, it doesn't seem to be his hearing but he could just be responding to body language gestures??

    although we went to the beach today and I yelled his name out about 20ms away and he turned around smiled and came back. Thats a positve.

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    See that is the opposite to my son, yell across a crowded room and you will get nowhere but whisper his name and he's looking for you to see what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cate0404 View Post
    See that is the opposite to my son, yell across a crowded room and you will get nowhere but whisper his name and he's looking for you to see what you want.
    Um, no offence intended and hope it's not taken...but...I wouldn't mind that to be honest!!! Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    My other Niece has been diagnosed with....wait, it will come to me..... Sorry will have to look it up, but anyway in lay terms it is one step short of autism and she has no speech problem.

    She is no going to a special life skills school in the sutherland shire. I believe the biggest thing holding her back is her parents. I'm not saying she doesn't have problems but they are not helping.
    Aspergers?
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    My (now) 23 yr old was not interested in chatting at a young age. He had older siblings who did this for him lol. He was later diognosed with ADHA. What a load of crap!!! He is different, he has learnt different and he is incredably creative in a way my other kids are not. Did he have learning disabilities, I would have to say yes he did. But at 23 he is a great young man! He fosters pei for me, he built a recording studio in his back yard and hires it out, he is as fit as a mally bull and I could'nt be prouder of him-but he certainly doesn't fit into the word conventional. Sometimes you have to be flexible to help them achieve their successes. Not all kids "fit" the traditional "bill"

    BTW......these days he NEVER shuts up lol!! Sometimes he bores me stupid (although I of course fane interest). Other times he states some really interesting stuff that he has researched and concluded.

    It would be a very boring world indeed if we all fitted "the mould"

    Take it one day at a time Rebec.....everything happens for a reason
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    Thank you all for you imput. It is truely reassuring to hear these stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Um, no offence intended and hope it's not taken...but...I wouldn't mind that to be honest!!! Lol.
    No offence taken.......but.......think of this .......you're in the car the person next to you whispers something that you don't want the kids to hear, well he hears every word! And passes it around to all the other kids!

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