Isn't he just being a 3-years old boy?
Autism is over-diagnosed these days, just like ADHD is. Are you in Bangalore? Can we meet?
yes he is just 3 year old. Can read alphabets and numbers, can speak certain sentences, sing rhyme (slowly), ride bicycle, I find everything normal except responding to his name and eye contact (he does when he wants). I am scared of the word autism itself. Can you explain what might be the reason for his lack of response to name? We can meet probably after 2 weeks as I will go out of station.
Lack of interpersonal responsiveness to name and poor eye-contact can be there due to various reasons:
- Lack of use of pronouns or over-use of pronouns (you, I ) from parents' side.
- High screen-time
- Name called out loudly (regularly or in past) to scold
- Associates name with an unpleasant experience
- Very common name, creating confusion in child's mind (especially in class where teachers use name + surname to differentiate the kids with same names, while at home we don't use surnames)
- Poor sensory integration
- Poor language cognition
- Sensory overload
Educate yourself on autism. Your fear will induce anxiety in him too. If we read personality disorders, we will find half of the symptoms in us. Does that make us all abnormal? No. Similarly presence of 1-2 symptoms of ASD as the age of 3 shouldn't scare you. Good that you are aware and finding out details at your end. Please check out https://www.verywell.com/red-flags-that-dont-indicate-autism-259898