>>16812996 Well, I'm sorry that this happend and I know it will be tough to deal with his needs, but I think that if you push through it then you will definitely become a better and stronger person through it and overall a better dad because of it. Goodluck!
You're not required to be an angel or bottle up and throw away how you feel about it. Doing that'll only make you feel worse about it but, and this is probably obvious to you so I won't patronize, try not to show it around your family
>>16812986 make sure you get him checked out properly. they often get shit like this wrong. anyway, some people with autism can functional quite well and other are socially inept. my ex had a son with autism and he was a good kid although awfully strange
>>16813095 >how does it make you differ from the average person?
It can be hard to see how one is different, since the disorder itself can make it hard to grasp this. For example, I didn't even know that people used body language, or that it was not normal to appear indifferent to others until recently. When you don't know what's normal, it's very hard to judge what's abnormal about you.
That said, here are some things that others have told me that give it away: >abnormal tone of voice >appearing indifferent to others most of the time >being too preoccupied with very narrow interests >inappropriate hand/finger movements >repeating phrases/words from a movie/commercial/song over and over and over again
There's more to it, but these are the most important ones. Also, I would say that I have a different subjective experience from others. I'm usually away, in a sort of a "mental world" most of the time. Also, different sensory stimuli (like crowds, sounds, etc.), and stress often overwhelm me and make symptoms worse, and make me more withdrawn.
If you child indeed turns out to be autistic, avoid placing them in situations which have too much change/unexpected events, too many simulations, too much stress and too much social interaction. If you do place your child in these situations, don't be surprised when he gets irritable or goes nonverbal for some time. Autistic brain simply can't cope with handling all this and attempting to behave and function appropriately at the same time.
>>16813127 Also, avoid touching your child, and avoid emotional communication. Don't change your tone of voice much or raise your voice (even when playing with them) like you would with a normal child. Avoid forcing them to look you in the eye - it only makes them function worse and may make them go nonverbal for some time again. It's a huge source of stress and frustration.
In other words, don't try to force them into situations or behaviors which only diminish their level of functioning and increase stress over the long term.
Also: Start Applied Behavior Analysis (the standard autism therapy - talk to your doctor about it) as soon as possible. Early intervention has been shown to drastically improve outcomes. The earlier you get him diagnosed and provided with therapy, the more likely he is to become high functioning.
>>16813196 My son (the one that might be austist) is in potty training right now. And he is going fine.
You just leave them without diapers and take them to the bathroom every now and then. Eventually they will wait for you to take them to the bathroom and then let you know when they have to go. But it is difficult because he don't speak. So I have to pay attention to his body language.
>>16812986 Inferior life form. I'd give it away or something or have it put down. It's not going to be a useful human unless it's just washing dishes or something. Might as well try again or kill yourself.
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