went to see the speech pathologist and another pedi and they both said that my lo is not showing any autism red flags and that he doesn't seem autistic at all. I am not trying to get people to agree or disagree with the diagnosis, nor am I shopping around for a diagnosis, I am just confused about what makes a child autistic at this age when so many professionals disagree on the label.
my lo is speech delayed and shy, sometimes joining other kids and doing parallel play, and sometimes playing with a toy alone, usually slow to warm up to new people. He points and babbles, engages with us all the time. Never thought he had autism until we met with the neurologist, there he was just playing with toys, not interacting with us or the dr. But at the speech pathologist, he was happy and engaging with us and the speech pathologist, bringing us toys, etc. From my experience, it seems like the Drs. look at the child at one moment in time and give the diagnosis or opinion.
I am getting my child speech services and once again am not trying to get anyone to say my lo is completely fine, just wondering how common it is to get conflicting information.