John did not manifest early signs of autism not until he turned 3 yrs. of age. This is when I noticed some changes in his behavior which (I later learned) are typical of early signs of autism. His emotional outbursts became extremely difficult to manage. Although “tantrums” are quite normal for his age, banging his head on the floor in frustration is definitely not.
I found it increasingly difficult to control his emotional outbursts. It worried me more when he did not respond to his name and did not look at me when I was talking to him. He could not express himself at all when he was at an age when he should have been comfortably using 2-3 words phrases. Instead, he mumbled incoherently. The only words he could say were ‘Mama’ and ‘Dada’.
In addition, I noticed some odd gestures such as ‘hand flapping’ and a love for watching objects being blown by the wind. He didn’t play with his toys but lined them up in straight lines. He liked spinning objects and spun the wheel of his toy car with much excitement. He loved water play and was always eager to turn the bathroom taps on for fun. These behaviors he developed at 3 years. of age.
Naturally, the reaction from any mother (I included) would be to ask yourself a thousand questions.
Why? Why him? Why us?
Did I do anything wrong whilst carrying him in my womb?
Did I take harmful medication during pregnancy?
Maybe I ate something that I should not have eaten?
Did the MMR vaccine I had whilst pregnant harm his brain?
Does Autism run in our family?
These and much more have run into my mind. The torment was terrible and, naturally, I diligently researched the causes of Autism and how to deal with it. Current research shows that increased metallic levels in the blood of an infant might be one of the causes of autism. I also discovered a website which proved very helpful. I hope it helps you.
I sincerely hope these insights have helped in some way, and welcome your questions should there be any.