I just enroll my son to childcare centre full day. but keep falling sick so his attendance is very poor.
maybe after plus & minus he only goes for 1month or less.
My son sings very well & label flashcards or iPhone apps flashcards very well. He already noe A to Z, all kind of shapes upto Octogons, knows what is shoe,knife & all household things. he can draw M . or A or draw a potatoe.
He jus don interact & did not involve us in his playing, always like to play alone. solve problem himself. hiaz. We always cheers him whenever he self entertain himself..and usually i jus cheers looking at my laptop without looking at him..
he don't request , he will just go take himself if items are within his reach or he is able to open himself. but if things he can't reach or open himself, he will request either bringing me to the item or bring the un-open container he will ask me to open. either by gesture or simply words."i want"
his eye contact is poor too. only recently improve when he start day school. but still quite poor.
sorry if my replies are in bits and pieces as i am trying to read backdated posts.
absent parenting will not lead to autism.
it can however lead to speech impairment, and excessive exposure to tv/dependency on gadgets lead to short attention span.
i am guilty of absent parenting my boy.
he lacked eye contact too before 3.5yo.
i agreed that he did behave rather 'not within the herd' which might have led his teachers to suggest he might have ADHD and got us to seek help (we are awaiting our next bi-yearly review this June and i hope it'll be the last
). thank goodness for us, he 'matured overnight' during a week span around when he was 3.5yr old although his energy level is still an all time high even now (which translate to something beneficial as he is learning stuff at 'twice the speed faster' than his brother....ie when he has nothing to do, he'll complain to me that he 'has nothing in his hands', so i just shove him a book and good that he can read
if autism is ruled out, intervention at 2.5yr old will surely help.
you have to adjust your parenting style and such first.
all the best!