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    Hi. Maybe someone on here has a child in a similar place on the Autistic Spectrum and can give me their experiences/advice. My son is 3 and a half and I love him to bits – I wouldn't change him for the world and simply want him to have the best life he can. He was diagnosed with ASD at 2 and a half – his language was way behind, he forgot or chose to not say mummy or daddy and he did display some worrying tantrum like behaviours – throwing his head back on the floor etc….However he was also witness to the end of mine and my ex wife's marriage which I beleve affected him. A year later and he has had some SLT and one to one work at Nursery and he is completely different – his language is still a little behind but so much better. He is also confident – and adapts to change incredibly well – he actually adapts far better than friend's chidlren. In fact I rarely see his autistic traits at all now – just that slight delay in language (I teach autistic students with hearing impairments) and sometimes saying inappropriate things – like pionting to a girl a year older than him at the park the other day and saying 'look a baby girl'. Regarding social skills and his few small tantrums now – well it is so hard to judge at such a young age. The people that diagnosed him now state that he is somewhere between high functioning autism (as he is bright – recognising words, counting to 50+, understanding lots, exceptional memory) and asbergers and have recommended he goes to mainstream school. They mainly state this because he is and always has been very loving – he loves being hugged etc…and always makes eye contact for ages. Has anyone's son or daughter been similar to this – being almost unable to be placed on the spectrum and barely showing traits (unless he can't get his own way!!!). Do they come out later? I am trying to be optimistic now because everyone I know states that most classic autistic actually step back at the age of 2 to 3, not progress.Any experiences would be greatly appreciated.Thanks

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    Hi there. My daughter is 16 now and only now it is when people say they wouldn`t know she had asd. It is hard when they haven`t got severe/non verbal asd as they look and behave nearly normal.My daughter doesn`t cope with routine change ie-new TA, new class teacher, school exams as they are not normal to her. She doesn`t make friends easily although this is better than when she was younger. So if anyone doesn`t see this then they don`t think anything wrong. She has high functioning asd. I went to see a lady with asd a few months ag, she was a guest speaker and her name is Ros Blackburn. If you can find out when she is next speaking and if it is near you, then my advice is go see her, she is fab. I telling you this as you mention that your son could have autism/asbergers. Well this lady speaks a lot about the two different diagnosis`s.

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