Non-verbal 3 year old, SPD only or Autism/SPD

by Angie
(Georgia)

My son is three years old and Non-verbal, it is clear he has SPD but has not been diagnosed for Autism.


He has good eye contact, communicates via (PECS) picture exchange communication system, enjoys to cuddle and follows direction once he's sensory issues have been calmed.

He was premature 26 weeks and a "toe walker"
He does walk on his tip toes and at time appears to be "Stimming"
for very short periods but comes out of it very easily.

I wanted to ask if anyone has a child who has been diagnosed with SPD and is non-verbal. I feel as if the specialist are having me come back for more testing until they are convince he's Autistic than just stating its SPD or anything else

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Jan 09, 2013
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over 2 1/2 year old not talking yet
by: Anonymous

My daughter has mild sensory issues and she doesn't speak yet. She only knows very few words and also acts much much younger than she is.


Oct 07, 2012
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RE: Non verbal
by: Anonymous

Hello. I am a mother of a two year old boy based in the Philippines. I don't know if its mild autism in your case but my son is also nonverbal.maybe you could have him checked. I do not know what doctors mean by autistic features. Are they physically seen or what? Better consult with a developmental pedia.

Good luck

Oct 05, 2012
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PDD
by: Dani

My child too is non-verbal and will be 6 at the end of this month. No one would ever give me an answer until I started asking specific questions. It amazes me how they try to avoid th etopic and won't really come out and tell the parent, which I prefer. It's a lot of guessing on our part. From what I can understand after years of my own research, much genetic testing, neurological testing, and many therapies...my child does have SPD, which is also on the spectrum of autism. It's on the DSM IV as a Pervasive Developmental Disorder. So much more made sense to me after reading this. The doctor still says she has "autistic features", instead of saying she is autistic. You have to do alot of research on your own. My dtg is finally starting to talk! its amazing! She has used signs in the past, but still knows so much more than we can get out of her at this point! Don't ever underestimate what they are capable of and don't give up as a parent! You have to push!!! There is a book called The Out-of-Sync Child which offers more insight. Hope this helps! Good luck!

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