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This is my son Anthony and he is now 3 yrs old and is my pride and joy. He was born 2 months early and I was 39 years old when he was born.
As a newborn, he rarely cried and I thought what a blessing, and then at age 1-3 months I noticed he did not care to be in my arms, but was more content wrapped in his blanky in what I called the "egg roll" lol style blanket wrap and and this kept him calm and rarely cried and slept well, again I did not think much of this because I figured he was just sleepy and full from feedings. By 4-9 months I noticed he followed me and his father and siblings with his eyes and smiled, but did not have much expressions when we played with him. His eating habits were normal, cooing and high pitch noises,sleep and eating habits were good,bowels were normal, he nursed and bottle fed normally, but his eye contact was sometimes non existant and at times he seemed in his own world. By 1year he was babbling and trying to talk in baby talk, crawling still and I was told by friends and his Pediatritian that he would be fine and boys are late to walk sometimes than girls, yea ok so I said we will see. By 13 months he finally started walking and talking and by 14 months had everything down to a science. He had about 10 words he used "da da", "momma", "eat eat", "wa wa", "stop", "no no" "yesh"(yes), "bye bye" "hi", "joosh"(juice), then by 17 months our world changed, Anthony stopped all verbal language like a light switch turns on and off...BAM, no more talking...period!! We to this day are still baffled as to why and what happened that our son was no longer speaking to us or at all. So I was asked by my father, then a good friend who at one time taught children with Autism which I did not know this mentioned to me of the possibility that Anthony may have Autism and do I notice his behavioral patterns and his constant spinning,walking on his tippy toes and repeticious behaviors, no eye contact and appears to be deaf? I was floored because I just thought he was being silly and being a typical lil boy(I had 3 girls ranging 10,15,20) at the time and did not have anything to compare him to other than my girls were not hyper and he was, and the myth of boys are just gonna behave "bad" so to speak..lol. So off to the Doctors Office we go and sure enough my father and friend were right and that inner voice in my head told me too...Well he has been diagnosed by our Family Doctor, Pediatrition,Child Psychologist,and is working with Occupational and Speech Therapists and is in regular Public School with a teacher who is fluent in sign language and teaches non-verbal children with Autism...Anthony loves school and goes 3 days a week 2 hours each day in school, he even catches the bus!! His teacher is teaching him to sign and Anthony can make all his nubers 1-10 with his Legos and he loves music and he also is very smart and understands EVERYTHING that is going on and said to him. He is silent, but not mentally challenged at all and he communicates with us through pictures and "our" own sign language and body langueage...so thsi is my story and inspiration and I hope this group will enlighten you as well as knowing there is hope and together we can beat the odds