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Old 01-21-2013, 12:13 AM   #1
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:54 AM   #2
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Re: When did your LO start counting (like quantities)

What a little smarty-pants! I would say yes, it's quite early for her to grasp the concept of numerical/quantity correlation, and that, paired with the rigidity both about numbers and in her play are potential flags for autism.

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If the behavior isn't a problem, if her social, language, etc skills are all fine, then I wouldn't sweat it. For it to be autism, or any "disorder" really, not only do there have to be a little checklist of symptoms, but they must cause a "qualitative impairment" - meaning they have to have a significant negative impact on functioning, relationships, learning, etc. if its not holding her back, it's not a problem, just embrace the "neurodiversity"

Coming from someone with ADHD, sensory issues, and a lot of autistic traits (stronger as a child). I'm not autistic, just wired a little differently, as is my dd (who is very bright, way ahead verbally, has sensory issues, and likely ADHD like her momma). I'm also not all "rahrah! Autism is great!" like some - my adopted ds has classic autism and it sucks in his case - severely disabling and frustrating for him. There's a huge difference between ds and "quirky" - with him there's definitely "qualitative impairment", and so diagnosis and supports/treatment are necessary.
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I think it's early, but not disturbingly so

DD is 27 months and has been counting for awhile. But she was definitely going over the number at that age. Even now, she will sometimes add an additional number after counting the objects - being there are three, she'll count 123...4. But she doesn't point to an absent object. If there's 2, she always stops at 2, but more than 2 and she might stop correctly or add 1 at the end.

Some kids are big sorters, liners, etc. DD is a lumper, I'm a sorter. on the plus side, all those toddler tricks might work on your kid. Bowls of colored Pom poms to sort, etc.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:55 AM   #4
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Both my girls counted early. DD1 could count objects to 30 by about 26 months, at 2 DD2 counts objects to 13. Both had up to 5 between 18-20 months.

Honestly with these type of skills exposure plays a HUGE role. DD1 is now 3.5 and knows about 50 sight words.

Is it potentially an early sign of Autism? Maybe. But if it's the only one then I wouldn't worry at this point.

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