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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Rory, Age 6

When I knew: "We started suspecting that Rory had autism around the time she turned two. Sometimes I thought she was deaf because she wouldn't respond to us at all. She would never look at the camera when we took pictures. The only way she would really interact with us was through physical play like bouncing or tickling or being tossed in the air. She played with toys, but not in the typical, imaginative way that her older sister did. We asked for an evaluation through out county's Infants and Toddlers program, and they confirmed our fears." -- Rory's mom Nora

Recent victory: "After a rough year of setbacks at school after several strep infections, Rory is blossoming this spring. Her language is expanding and she seems more engaged and aware of the world around her. Her language has grown beyond the words she needed to request things into longer sentences. She spontaneously says 'Bless You' when someone sneezes and apologizes on her own when she does something mischievous. I love hearing her say 'I sorry Mommy and Daddy.'"

Story shared April 24, 2012

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