Thursday, 5 August 2010

How to Spot the Early Signs of Autism


I found this helpful video recently. It's useful if you're worried about a child or baby of yours having autism (and benefits from being fairly short!) It's also very instructive for those of us who have autistic kids- if only I had known, maybe Lyla could have been diagnosed earlier?

Also, Hello to all new followers, I'm in the process of popping by to say Hi! & Finally.....


I'm in the process of creating some new super-informative autism pages, which will also be downloadable as PDFs, so watch this space!


  1. This was a really interesting post. I agree, a really helpful introduction, without information overload.
    My son was diagnosed early, before he was 3 years old. However it is only now that I also have my daughter, who is 18 months, that I truly realise the difference in the way they comminucated at that age.
    I think the idea of accessible, informative asd pdfs is a great idea - good for you!! :)

  2. Hello Rachel. This was very interesting to see. Where I work, I have many people with Autism and other combined difficulty. The difference though is that they are adult and some are quite old. I can imagine if thier parent(s) had this information (or a blog to communicate to others when it comes to that) when they were younger, it would have been much helpful... Thank you for sharing. xm

  3. hello! This looks great, will check it out but off out in a mo! Look forward to seeing your super informative downloadable pdf's - hope they're interactive too ;)

    I see we are both featured next too each other on BMB featured blog posts - how strange is that?!

    Hope you're having a great week. I am enjoying every moment.


  4. Thats is really interesting, although Isaac is mild aspergers, we are having to fight for more help, and he is now 6 and still in all meetings we are told he has aspergers but on paper they will only put it down as aspergers traits. We are due to move to a new county and I have been investigating new schools for him, and one SENCO turned round and said she couldnt beleive it wasnt an official diagnosis after all I had said. maybe a video like this should be made of the healthcare professionals as well!

  5. Rachel,
    I just want you to know how impressed I am with the way you care for your family. Prior to reading your blog, I was uneducated with regard to autism and certainly had no clue what was involved with raising an autistic child. Your strength, love, patience, and stamina speak to the strong woman & mom that you are. I will be praying for you and your sweet family as you rise again and again and again to what's asked of you daily.

  6. This is a great video. I'm keeping my eye's peeled for any symptoms showing up in Tiddler. He is exhibiting some odd behaviours at the moment. I don't want another three years like I had with Nipper. The best bit of the video for me though was the comment at the end regarding possible excellence in science, maths and law. Nipper is starting school in September and I'm worrying myself silly over how he's going to get on. On a personal level, how do you manage to stay calm and patient through all the meltdowns etc? I'm really struggling with Nipper's behaviour at the moment and don't quite know how to manage it.

  7. Thankyou for all your kind comments- it means a lot :)

    Regarding the comments about calmness and stamina, I have to say that I don't always (often!) manage to maintain this!! I suppose, as much for myself as for any other reason, I try and keep my posting calm as it helps me make sense of a crazy situation. So, I probably appear a lot more in control than I actually am.

    What has helped me is to always remember that this little person who's behaviour seems so unreasonable really can't help it- they honestly just DON'T get it (well most of the time!) and so it isn't their fault. There's usually a reason for their behaviours, so I try and always be mindful of that.

    And I make sure I always have a bottle of wine waiting in the fridge for me at the end of a hard day!! ;)


  8. Hi Rachael~

    I found you thru Louise's Color Challenge and your nice comment regarding mine. I'm so glad I visited your blog!! I love your outlook on life, your amazing photos, and the fact you study English Lit! I have a BA in English lit. Plus, I grew up with a sister who is mentally and physically disabled with autism.

    What a wonderful blog you have...

  9. Hi Gwynnie, nice to meet you on here! Thanks for your lovely comments- I've been searching through your google profile for your blog, can't find it there- if you pop back, leave your details so I can come & say hello, it'd be lovely to chat :)

  10. I'd love to chat! You can find me at or my email


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