As mentioned in my previous post, Nick was not an effective communicator, he was only capable of getting across his wants and needs. He also didn't have an interest in his environment and he certainly wasn't motivated to share his experience of what was happening around him - except to express his extreme anxiety (oh boy, the anxiety!).
Over time we (parent's!!) realised that Nick had missed out on a whole chunk of his development. (It is a parent process you understand - takes time to come to terms with having a special needs kid!!) His communication skills were so far behind - the foundation for future development in this area had not been addressed (by the parents!). Anyway, no point in beating myself up over it - such is life - and it is never to late to start!!!
The following clip has an example of a child who is on the correct development path and a child who is in the danger zone for autism. That 2nd child could be Nick!! The clip is probably a bit long for many of you to sit through! I am sure if you fast forward here and there you will get the drift of the difference between the two children. I wonder how many of you will now look at babies and toddlers in a new light!! I am always checking them out - can't help it!! :)
(I stole this clip from Zoe but have permission to use it from Brendan at Learning Together http://www.learning-together.info Thanks Zoe and Brendan x )