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Old 05-20-2007, 02:19 PM
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DeBora, I wasn't thinking autism at all. I was thinking more along the lines of, this child has learned NOT to cry. I suspected that either he is punished for it or he doesn't gain anything by it so he doesn't do it. As for the verbal abilities, I thought that it was due to a lack of attention by adults--he has not learned how to talk because no one talks to him. He can speak and be understood, but his language ability is more along the lines of "just turning 4" instead of "5 and 1/2."

He won't look me in the eye when I talk to him. He looks down at his shoes.

All these things cry out to me that this child isn't getting what he needs at home. He is fed and dressed. That's pretty much it.
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