Child PDD can present parents with unexpected challenges, but they can be overcome with proper treatment and training. The birth of a child is like the promise of renewal. There is so much that parents want to do for their child and their hopes for that child's promise and what they may accomplish in their lives are overflowing. This all comes to an abrupt end when they begin to notice differences in their child's behavior. These differences may be reflected in the developments they have watched in their other children, the children of friends or just noticing that their child is not meeting the normal milestones they are expected to conquer.
They may see any of the symptoms below that over time are telling them their child, three times more likely their sons than daughters, are not developing along normal expectations.
1. By a year their child does not babble.
2. Still at a year, they do not point when they want something, nor make any gestures that are attempts to communicate.
3. The child has no words by the time they are sixteen months old.
4. By the time they have reached two years old they do not combine two words together.
5. The child does not respond when you use their name. This should come naturally by the time they are a year old.
6. The child does not make normal eye contact.
7. They seem to be more attached to an item than to their parents or siblings.
8. Play comes difficult for them. They are more likely to line up the toys than to play with them.
9. The child does not smile.
10. You wonder if they have a hearing problem.
11. Even as an infant the child didn't crave attention. They prefer to be left alone, not held or cuddled as most babies crave.
If you child has these signs then it is necessary to get them to your health care provider for a complete check up including a developmental screening. This may include filling out reams of forms that are specially designed to look for signs of autism. That includes the Checklist of Autism in Toddlers or if your child is over four years olds, the Social Communication Questionnaire. There are many others and all will have to be filled out as concisely as possible. The health care provider may even ask to see any family videos you have to see how the child developed previously to the parents current concerns. All these tests are designed to determine verbal and non-verbal communication skills, social interplay abilities and play skills. Once this is done, if the child is diagnosed as autistic, the health care provider will suggest early intervention to promote the best possibilities to teach the autistic child and hopefully eventually mainstream them into a regular school system.