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Karen, your post is very difficult to respond to because trying to describe a child and have someone interpret behaviours is nigh on impossible. My oldest son is ‘normal’ whilst my other son is autistic – both can do the same things yet the manner, intensity and regularity with which one son does it makes him on the autistic spectrum and my other son just a regular kid. Does that make sense?. Having said that I think the diagnostic process is slow and almost designed to frustrate as doctors delay for fear of labelling yet that can mean parents loose valuable time to help thier child and find support. If I am brutally honest your observation that he has lost language is a big red flag to me. Your sons regression sounds almost exactly like my son’s. The Doctors may yet find a completely different explanation so you must see that process through. But I really would recommend that you start investgating autism so as to be fully prepared if that is the ultimate conclusion. The NAS is a good place to start – and investgate any ASD nurseries in your area – a FANTASTIC nursey in Epsom in Surrey helped me and my son beyond measure. There may be similar provision in your area. Can I just add that when my son regressed i noticed changes in his eating patterns and than I found that his restricted diet was actually making his symptoms worse. I changed his diet with the support of AiA and he improved massively(www.autismmedical.com). If it were me i would also start him on EFA’s which can help with speech issue ( http://www.cherub.com or yahoo group “childrensapraxia” at http://www.yahoo.co.uk). I would dearly dearly love to say to you “don’t worry this probably isn’t anything” but there are some issues within the change in your son that you describe that are familiar. I wish you and your son well and if I can ever be of help….. MONXYMOO@aol.com regards Deborah