About this blog.

My son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at 24 months. I created this blog to bring meaning to the often-confusing label. Sometimes I have answers. Other times, just more questions.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

April 30, 2006

A Little Bit Autistic Presents...

"Good morning, Brad," I said with exagerrated ear-to-ear smile.

Nothing. (Can you blame him?)

Brad was more than 12 weeks old and he still wasn't smiling.

What's wrong with him?

Of course, I had an idea. After all, I Googled "late smile" the first day Brad went into what I call the What To Expect (WTE) red zone. The WTE red zone is when a milestone is so delayed, WTE recommends you have your child evaluated for developmental delays. This happens at week 9 if the infant still isn't smiling. When I googled "late smile", of course all of the hits were "autism."

At that stage, I couldn't even process the possibility of autism. I did what most mothers do: I sublimated the fear. Even so, the fear kept creeping up on me. Like, for example, every morning when Brad didn't greet me with a smile.

2 - 7 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 8


Anonymous said...

I admire you for being so "on" it even at 12 weeks.

I think I told you I felt totally misled by WTE and their description of autism (which has since been changed).

I watched the first season of Lost on DVD, but never watched it beyond that. I guess I need to catch up?

Laura said...

I caught onto it late - watched seasons 1, 3 and 4. Never watched season 2, and don't feel like I missed anything. For what it's worth.