I’m new and some background me and my husband strongly suspect (actually I am almost 100% certain about me) that we’re both on the spectrum
once we started to learn about autism a lot of things started to finally make sense.
Our 8 year old shows a lot of the same signs: sensitivity to noise, problems with eye contact (we both had separate tricks to teach them on how to avoid that), sensory issues, food issues, issues with routine and both reading and expressing emotions
I’m making a list of things so we can look at getting a diagnosis as it’s fine right now but I can see secondary becoming upsetting (I’m also going to see about getting a formal diagnosis for me as well)
but Kiddo has one trait which might be echolalia but might be just being 8 and I wondered if anyone could give me perspective on that. Kiddo doesn’t tend to say whole phrases or words that other people say but they do repeat their own words. Usually the beginning of a sentence example: “I I I I heard I heard I heard about about I heard about a cool minecraft mod I really want”
they do this a lot and is that echolalia or just being 8?
This forum is a great source of support.
I thought I would add some links to information that might be useful for you as you look towards getting a diagnosis.
If you were interested in finding out if your son/daughter is on the autism spectrum, they would need to have a formal diagnostic assessment. You may find it useful to have a look at the following link for further information about diagnosis and the benefits of getting one:http://www.autism.org.uk/about/diagnosis/children.aspx
If you are looking for a diagnosis for your daughter/son, it is important that you see someone with experience of autism spectrum disorders. Details of diagnostic services can be found on our Autism Services Directory: http://www.autismdirectory.org.uk/services/autism-services-directory.aspx
You may also want to look at our section that provides advice for parents, relatives and carers of people with autism.http://www.autism.org.uk/living-with-autism/parents-relatives-and-carers.aspx
You may like to have a read of the National Autism Plan for Children to see what you are likely to expect and what you can ask during the assessment . Please scroll down to the bottom of the page and go to page 3 on summary report, page 11 for full report for the Essential Components for a complete multi agency assessment:
I hope this information helps you all.
Nicky - Mod