Adorable little Evan was diagnosed with PPD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified) when he was three years old.
According to Autism Speaks, “Some developmental health professionals refer to PDD-NOS as ‘subthreshold autism.’ In other words, it’s the diagnosis they use for someone who has some but not all characteristics of autism or who has relatively mild symptoms. For instance, a person may have significant autism symptoms in one core area such as social deficits, but mild or no symptoms in another core area such as restricted, repetitive behaviors.
“As a diagnosis, PDD-NOS remains relatively new, dating back only 15 years or so. As a result, some physicians and educators may not be familiar with the term or may use it incorrectly.”
The following video features snippets of home videos taken of this sweet little child from ages one to seven years old, with text at the bottom of the screen that explains his various autistic behaviors—from scripting to avoiding eye contact to struggling with communication. As his mom notes, these signs of autism are pretty subtle.
You will probably notice that Evan’s older brother is present throughout, and as you will see, he was such a great role model and playmate! (And oh my goodness, don’t they look like they could be twins at around the two minute mark?!)