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|Thu, 06-12-2003 - 3:14pm|
I have a friend who has a 3 1/2 year old DS, who has some fairly obvious (to everyone but her it seems) delays. He is verbal, but it doesn't appear that he can put together sentences at all. He is extremely sensitive to loud noises, laughing, or singing (makes birthday parties fun - the screaming during "Happy Birthday", well, you can set your clock by it!) and is quite ungainly and uncoordinated. He is obsessed with letters and numbers, and if he has a puzzle that is missing a piece, especially if it is a letter or a number missing, he gets extremely upset. He spends his playgroup time leading his mother around by the hand, and is very uninterested in playing with or even next to the other children.
I have a psychology degree and did some child development courses, and as well have a close friend with an autistic child, and I really think that this child should be thoroughly evaluated for an autism spectrum disorder, perhaps Asperger's. How on earth do I bring this up to his mother? SHOULD I bring this up to his mother? She is extremely defensive about him, and I suspect has some concerns herself that she is unwilling to face. Can I help, or am I meddling?
I appreciate any help that you can give me.