My son (13 months) is really delayed in communication and I'm starting to think he may have autism. I've read that autism is not abnormal behavior but the absence of normal behavior and this is exactly him. I am a FTM and I know that there is a wide range of normal for babies but I just can't help but worry. I have talked to his ped about his delays before and we are now working with Early Intervention. I just want to know if his behavior seems normal to y'all or if I should be worried, and/or if anyone has experience with autism I would love some insight. First I will tell you what he DOES do- he waves hi and goodbye, he loves to look at books and turns the pages by himself, he claps and dances along to music, he responds to his name, he responds to some phrases I tell him to do like "go get your ball" "wheres your monkey" "wheres Dada" he will go find them. My main concern is he does not say anything at all, not even mama, and he doesn't even try to imitate words that we say at all. He says dada but not TO my husband. Its like he doesn't know how to communicate or just doesn't try. Also, he DOESN'T point, blow kisses, shake his head yes or no, or anything like that. We've been working on kisses for like a month and he will just not repeat/imitate anything we try to show him. He also doesn't play with toys in their intended purpose like he doesn't stack blocks, make cars "go", etc. He pretty much just throws everything, bangs stuff together, puts things in and out of containers, and still mouths EVERYTHING. The only thing that is not in line with most AUtistic children is that he is extremely social, he is always smiling, loves to laugh, smiles and waves at everyone he meets, and is very engaging with people, shares his toys etc.
I just don't know what to think. His speech teacher says he's about 4 months behind in communication and the way he plays.