Quoting Fantasy*:" I took my son to a speech therapist today. They are VERY concerned and worried about him not talking. ... [snip!] ... with Autistic kids, can you please share some of your child(ren) actions and if its mild or severe. TIA. Just very worried."
How old is LO? I have three kids. 1 has severe Dysphasia which is a neurological speech disorder. My second has autism and also a severe speech delay. My third has a moderate speech delay. Today they are 7, 5 and 3
At a very young age both my first showed autistic like behavior. I thought for sure that my first had it but he does not. I did some research and was explained by several therapists that any child between the age of 0-5 with significant speech delay. Not just expressive but also receptive will have autistic like behavior. That is because their development is altered due to the inability to communicate with others, which is a big factor on autism. If a child can't express him/herself to their need, or understand what others are communicating to him/her. They are kind of stuck in a bubble. They will then have fits, have a hard time with peers because of frustration towards communication problems. They will flap their hands, jump around, rock back and forth etc, which looks like stimming but it's because they try to fill that sensory or stimulation need they cannot fill with communication. They will start being rigid about their routines and develop habits that they will have a very hard time to break, because of the instinctive need to have control over something in their development. If they can't ask for it, they will find something they can do themselves, like a special backpack or routine on food etc and fight hard to maintain that control. It wont be much but it will be what THEY have control off for now.
At a very young age, with speech delay, I was told that a diagnostic for autism is difficult and can take a long time. Because a severe speech impairment and autism can be so similar at such a young age.
Keep strong and keep going to speech therapy
I'm hoping this can help somewhat. It is very scary to have a child with developmental problems. Sending you a big hug mama!