Wednesday, February 25, 2009
For us, it was Jack's behavior at preschool when he was three. At home, he seemed reserved and "good," but at school, he shut down and refused to cooperate with teachers, to sit in circle time, to play with other children, or to acknowledge their greetings. At the end-of-year parent conference, his teacher said that while he was making progress, he wasn't closing the gap with his peers. I called to schedule an appointment that day. I later learned that many early warning signs of autism showed up very early with Jack, but because my husband and I didn't know what they were, we had no idea they meant anything at all.