This is Rafael at 6 months old. The first sign of autism for him is hand flapping as a form of stimming. Please know that this is NOT an issue if there aren’t MORE symptoms of autism, but there were. The other early signs of autism for him was walking on the toes and echolalia, which is the repeating of speech and sound. He was diagnosed at two with high functioning autism and OCD. I want to show other parents early signs of autism so they can be aware of it and can watch their childs development. No one symptom shows autism, it is always a GROUP of symptoms. I have two children on the autism spectrum (possibly three, as we are getting our girl evaluated for autism) and while a lot of their symptoms are similar, some are not. All kids are different, even the same disability in a child will be different in every child. You have to look for the early signs and begin working with them very young with therapy so they can have the best outcome. My older son with Aspergers is very independent and well-spoken. He had eight years of speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. He speaks very eloquently now and is a highly intelligent and independent adult. Most kids with high functioning autism have a high IQ, this is just a disorder of communication and processing! If you feel your child is on the asd autism spectrum, please have them evaluated. It hurts nothing to check, and they won’t be diagnosed unless they have symptoms. THIS is NOT labeling your child, this is getting them extra help that they need to function in every day life! Good luck!
You can watch a video of my first son growing up here:
OCD in a 3 year old:
DAY IN THE LIFE of a 3 year old with Autism (informative video):
Life in Israel! Hadar, Andrea, Rafael, baby Abigail & Kitty!
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Andrea used to live in Florida, until she met Hadar on World of Warcraft in 2006. In 2009, Hadar met Andrea in real life, in Israel. They were married April 13, 2010 in the states. Andrea moved to Israel in July of that same year and has been there ever since. Baby Rafael was born November 14, 2012. Baby Abigail was born July 31, 2016 in Beer Sheva, Israel. They film their life every day to show Andrea’s family members back in FL. Andrea is on a mission to lose the baby weight, which is over 100 pounds. Hadar is a soldier in the Air Force in Israel. They currently live in military housing in Eilat, Israel. They are fun loving and happy most of the time. Not every day is good, but this is their reality!
About our baby boy: Rafael was diagnosed with OCD and High Functioning Autism, also known as Aspergers, at three years old. His interests right now are cars and trucks, and he loves all toys, but especially cars and trucks! He could literally play with these toys all day long. His bedroom is a car and truck theme. Maybe one day he will have his own toy review channel! We have a few videos of Rafael so you can understand his diagnosis better:
DAY IN THE LIFE of a 3 Year Old with High Functioning Autism (Aspergers Syndrome):
OCD in a 3 Year Old:
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