Testing at 2?

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Registered: 08-24-2010
Testing at 2?
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Wed, 09-01-2010 - 2:02pm

I met a lady today that actually puts together and publishes a magazine for special needs families. We got to talking about my aspie son (which was wandering around the bookshelves near us) and I noticed she kept looking at my 2 yr old next to me. It finally dawned on me that she thought I was talking about my two yr old. I sd no my 9 YR OLD has aspergers. She sd that my two yr old needed to be tested and gave me the number and name of people that do that in my area and that they like to do before they are 3 that way everything is in order for him to start school and he gets lots of special classes etc. I told her I didn't think he has it (although he does have funny little quirks) he is just two and two yr olds act weird. She asked me if my son had speech issues, I sd yes but he has had A LOT of ear infections and he starts therapy on the 8th. She reiterated that he needed to be tested. Ever when my Aspie came out of the bookshelves it was my two year old she was looking at. I kinda blew it off and as we were in line to check out there were magazine up front and they were disorganized. I watched my two yr old step up and put the magazines back where they belong and then give a satisfied "Thats better" sigh. I SWEAR HE DID! Now I wonder.

Testing at 2 years old?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 09-02-2010 - 1:52am

First, testing 2 yos is very common. In fact if your son is starting speech therapy he already has some testing. It isn't the same kind of testing at that age. It is mostly checklists, observations adn some testing to see what kinds of skills they have.

Early intervention is extremely helpful and I have seen children younger than 2 tested and diagnosed on the spectrum.

THAT said, often those of us in the "know" will see autism everywhere we look. Particularly in young children because some of the behavior can overlap with typical toddler/preschooler behavior. Some times there are other issues going on that can mimic autism symptoms.

I would likely get him evaluated by a local early intervention to make sure he is developing ok but one quick observation in a store I wouldn't take as diagnostic.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 09-01-2010 - 10:56pm

For me the important thing at 2 would be to get services for any areas of need regardless of the underlying for the need.

                                

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Registered: 10-08-2009
Wed, 09-01-2010 - 5:15pm