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My son is 23 months old and has forgotten things he used to know like pointing to body parts and associating animal noises. Is this ALWAYS a sign of autism or could it be something else? I am so worried. :-(

He is a bubbly, happy boy (most of the time). If I am reading he will come over and see what I am doing. He can do basic puzzles, colour with crayons, recognise familiar people, name simple things on picture cards (like Ball, Apple, Frog etc). He says about 100 basic words (mummy, daddy, car, bubbles, ice cream, outside, nanny, sissy, can name the wiggles characters and point to the appropriate one and likewise with Toy Story characters etc). He does make eye contact but it seems inconsistent and he does respond to his name but again is inconsistent. Everyone keeps telling me he is fine. Does this sound normal?

Jane ...
Answer: Hi, Yes, his development sounds fine but I can only offer you general advise and reassurance. I'd suggest that if you are concerned that you have him checked by your GP and/or your CHN. They would be able to do developmental assessments on him and provide you with reassurance. It's so common that it's considered normal for toddlers to quite literally, take two steps forwards and one step back in terms of their development. It's rarely a sequential and one directional process, they advance and they retreat. He sounds like a delight and that he's doing exactly what he needs to at almost two. But you sound worried and not amount of reassurance over a general help-line is going to give you the reassurance that you are seeking. Which is why I'd suggest you have him checked, not because there's anything you've said which makes me think there are problems. Best Jane
Answered: 21 Jun 2014