Moms Share the Early Signs of Autism: "I First Knew When..."

While it can take time to get an autism diagnosis, parents often have a sense earlier that their child may have autism. Here, moms share the early signs of autism that they first noticed (20 Photos)

Compiled by Lisa Moran on Apr 9, 2013 at 6:45PM

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Moms Share the Early Signs of Autism: "I First Knew When..."

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Caleb, Age 7

When I knew: "Caleb was always an affectionate cuddly baby, smiling and cooing. At around 9 months of age, I really grew concerned as he wouldn't respond to his name and I felt as if he often went into "his own world." By 18 months he wasn't talking, pointing, and would play with toys differently than other children. We started at first with speech therapy and then occupational therapy while we waited for an appointment with a Developmental Pediatrician. I knew in my heart he was on the autism spectrum so the diagnosis didn't come much as a surprise, but the challenges of finding services and the right support to help him grow and develop did."

Recent victory: "Caleb has made tremendous progress over the last 4 ½ years. Our biggest accomplishment is that he finally feels comfortable and confident and knows his routine and we have been able to finally do carpool at school! After years of parking and walking him to the classroom, this has been a huge milestone for him."

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