I am a mother of two, a 11 year old and a 26 month old. My children have two different fathers. My oldest developed normally and is a fantastic kid. My 26 month old is different. He has failed all of his "autism tests" at 12 mos, 18 mos and then at 24 months he barely passed but he failed the communication portion. My sons issues are... No eye contact, does not respond to name, does not follow directions ie. Come here, give me the toy, lets go bye bye. My son has never waved "hi" or "bye". My son talks in one word phrases never combines 2 recognizable words. He normally just takes me by the hand leads me to what he wants instead of telling me. like he pulls me to the fridge and puts my hand on the door for milk, or pulls me to the tv and puts my pointer finger on the power button. He appears to ignore me when I talk to him and he gets ingrossed in a toy and wont even turn his head if i make a loud noise (hearing is fine) he had balance issues until 22 mos, he walked at 14 mos and he was behind on development from the get go. I wonder if he has some level of autism or if he is just ADD. I only hear about ADD in school aged kids, but what I am wondering is... Parents who later had their child diagnoised with ADD did they notice a difference in their child during early stages age 1-3. I am curious if they always felt something was off, or did they have a hard time communicating with them early on? I am so worried about providing the help he needs as early as possible, so I need some answers!!! Please help.