The average age for diagnosing a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder is age 2-3.
My son is 8 years old and he was not diagnosed as Autistic until 6 months ago.
I try not to beat myself up, but at times, I wonder, “How could we have not known!? Why couldn’t I see?”
The reason is complex.
First, my son has high functioning Autism, and, statistically speaking, most high functioning children (Asperger’s) are not diagnosed until ages 7-8.
But still. I was a very attentive mother–I was actually LOOKING for the signs because I had this little niggling feeling that something was not right. Plus, he was my first (twins) child–I was in hyper-vigilant mode!
I remember going from website to website, reading lists of symptoms or children with Autism.
I would tick down the lists:
No, he doesn’t flap his hands or spin for hours.
He can make eye…
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