This may be premature or presumptuous of me to be here, but my 4.5 year old son was tested yesterday by a neurodevelopmental nurse practitioner and a speech pathologist, and they were both very careful to repeat that accurate cases of Asperger's aren't typically diagnosed until a subject is six or seven years old, but my son does have some Aspie traits. This is not wishful thinking on my part -- I've been booted out of my state of denial as I watched him respond to testing.
Both the child's father and I, as his biological parents, demonstrate some high functioning autism tendencies, so we think we may be responsible.
Traits my child has demonstrated:
Have a formal style of speaking that is advanced for his or her age. For example, the child may use the term “beckon” instead of “call,” or “return” instead of “come back.” He referred to our cats as 'mammals.' I spoke with him on the phone and he said 'Hello Mommy. How are you doing?'
Talk a lot, usually about a favorite subject. One-sided conversations are common. Internal thoughts are often verbalized.
Have delayed motor development. We're trying to get him to ride a bicycle.
May have heightened sensitivity and get overstimulated by loud noises, lights, or strong tastes or textures. His common phrase is: "that hurts my ears."
Have advanced rote memorization and math skills. He can tell by listening to a movie soundtrack what is happening in a film scene, if he's seen it before. I read a book once to him, we read it together a second time, then he asked the nurse practitioner to read it to him. She asked him to read it with her and he "read," probably memorized, the entire book. He also prefers math and science at preschool. His father and I are 'gifted' at mathematics.
Lines up his toys.
I joined this group because I'm interested in learning more about Asperger's, wondering if my husband and/or I should be tested, and planning to monitor my child's behaviour and progress until he reaches grade school. It's been suggested my child attend play therapy with a peer group.