My son is 6 months old and lately I've been hyper aware for his 'progress'. I've been worried about Autism and ADHD since I found out I was pregnant. I have 'off the charts' ADHD and (although she won't admit it or do anything about it) so does my mother. Apparently ADHD is the second most inheritable trait, aside from height. That being said, I realize ADHD is not autism but it's put me on alert to keep an eye on my LO.
[Side note: I also wonder about how low on the 'spectrum' one can go and be considered to have some form of autism ... I had issues as a child & young adult with social interaction (eye contact, overstimulation etc) ]
TO THE POINT:
The 'red flags' talk about appropriate eye contact & responding to his name. Usually he'll look right at me and smile but it's for a few seconds at a time. But there are times (like today) that I can sit right next to him and repeat his name over and over again with no response, or that I'll try to make eye contact with him and he turns his head to avoid it. He also has days were he's just irritable no matter what we're doing.
He LOVES the water .... bath time, swimming etc. While in the bath, again he really won't interact with me but kicks the water like a madman and hyper focuses on the movement of the water. But when we go to swim class he smiles constantly at his swim coach.
Eating, he won't touch food. At first I'm thinking it's just the taste feeling in his mouth. So I started offering him avocado or banana on a plate to see if he'd try it himself ... the second he touches the mushy pieces of food he gets visibly upset and tries to shake it off his hands. I have no idea if this is just paranoia on my part but I just don't know ... Is tactile sensitivity and issue in autism?
SO, I just don't know what is normal for a 6mo. old. Should he be responding to his name EVERY time ... holding eye contact for longer? etc etc.
And yes, I realize if I'm worried I should see the Doc, have him tested etc but I'm not one to patiently wait & we're away from his pedi for another 2 months ... I will address it when we see him but I'm looking for a little perspective now.