I know the spectrum is wide, but I was surprised when the neurologist suggested Autism for my little one.
He is 20 months and just recently learned to roll. So, no crawling, getting to sitting, pull to stand, steps when supported, etc. He has this weird thing with his hands being touched so probably something sensory going on. He was fisted for the first year of life and still is to some extent. We have had pretty much every test done except for a muscle biopsy (MRI, microarray, exome sequencing, numerous blood tests, urine tests, spinal tap, etc). We know he has less white matter in his brain than NT kids his age, he has a duplication on 5p, refuses to eat so he is g tube fed.
We were told that the duplication is likely nothing. We were told by a few doctors that they suspected mitochondrial disease. We met with a new neurologist who specializes in Mito and he didn't seem to think that is what is what's going on. He kept throwing Autism out there. Our developmental pediatrician didn't seem to think it was autism...
So, my question.. my son is very social making good eye contact, smiling, laughs mostly when being touched but will laugh at visual things like a ball bouncing. He has red flags for autism like he loves to bounce and not too keen on cuddling. He has no words either. I think he is intellectually disabled to some extent because he seem very aware of much. Kids with down syndrome his age seem more aware and alert than him.
Does that sound like he falls on the spectrum? I am not aware of autism having such a physical impact on a kiddo.