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, When I had my son, 13 years ago, like any parent, the only thing i saw is a beautiful, perfect baby. I wish, then, i had knowledge that i have now. When my son was born ,until 2 years old, he didn't sleep, unless he was rocked. he was very fearful of loud noises. He didn't use the bathroom until he was almost 5 years old. Every time i asked his pediatrician, she would say, ;there is nothing wrong with him'. My son didn't ' like pretend games, was hiding, when some one would come to the house,would pull back, when children try to play with him. He was DX at 9 years old, only because of the depression he developed., so much time was wasted. My son wears summer cloth all year long, he eats very specific food, he keeps the hitter or fan on all the time for nose. When he is working on making customs for his action figures, the sound on TV is off. For along time, when we would go to the restaurant , we had to bring some thing to put under his butt for him to be comfortable. When he was young, he knew everything about racing cars and the drivers, then, everything about Lego's, could create the most wonderful models, for a couple of years now, it is been all about action figures, hunting for them, collecting them. My son now, has sensory problems, anxiety, more social kind, OCD to many thing, but specially rewashing his forks, using new bottle of water with every meal. My son's social life is very limited to his family or his cousins, who are much older then him.My son has a lot of anger, to the fact, that no one knew he had autism until he was 9 years old, he feels, he was very much misunderstood by the teachers and us. He feels that autism is ruining his life(his words), that he is stuck with it for ever. I use to be very polite when it had to do with people, like teachers or doctors, but what i realize, we as parents know are children better and we need to speak up, specially, when we see something is not right with our child.I do not know what my son's future will be, but, as long is Iam around, he will have some one to fight for him. HFA or Asperger's, Allot of times, not very visible for outsiders, specially when a child well behaved, it is more reason, not to listen to people, who do not know anything about autism, even then, you need some one who qualifies and has sympathy. Who dosen't see everything , black and white, because there is so much grey area when it comes DX correctly. I hope some one who is reading this, will recognize his child in my son and gets help fast.