It's important that not every child will exhibit ALL of these traits. I
have a son on the autism spectrum who smiles and was always very affectionate
and was walking at 9 months, but socially he's very awkward, and he
exhibits several other of these traits, especially OCD.
Mom of 8, I agree. My younger brother has Aspberger's Syndrome, and
didn't start showing symptoms until he was a couple of years old. It is
also important to note that not every child who exhibits some of these symptoms
is necessarily on the Autism Spectrum. Looking back on my own life, I have
shown and currently show several "red flags," but I don't believe I
am on the AS--at least not to the degree that I can be diagnosed or that it
disrupts my life or hampers my relationships with others. The line between AS
and "normal" is blurry, and many are even beginning to say that some
forms of autism shouldn't be considered a disorder at all. Rather, many of
these conditions can be considered as a different way of thinking, which, if
handled correctly, can become an advantage.