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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Steele, Age 6

When I knew: "As a baby and into his toddler years, Steele didn't speak very much. He babbled, but it was impossible to understand him. My husband and I understood him better than most, but strangers couldn't understand him at all. He missed milestones, but our pediatrician told us he was just a late bloomer. At a glance, Steele looked like a normal 3-year-old. He was our first child, so we didn't realize how many verbal and social skills he was lacking. A friend of mine in the education field had met Steele many times and asked me if he had ever been tested for autism. As soon as she said it, I knew that's what it was. Something deep inside me knew it. I just had to hear it. We started all of the testing and got on the 3-month waiting list to see the pediatric neurologist." -- Steele's mom Cathy, Texas

Recent victory: "He enjoys reading, science, art classes, and sports and has formed friendships with many of his classmates. He loves going to movies, concerts, NASCAR races and even rides roller coasters. What a brave little guy!"

Story shared April 8, 2011.


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