I'm happy that you have asked me to assist you with your child and hope that you can benefit from my many years of helping parents like you.
Has he had any psychoeducational evaluation by his school, doctor or a specialist of any kind?
Kids with autism generally are not able to relate to other kids or adults, don't really look anyone in the eyes and seem to be in a world of their own a lot. Of course, autism has many levels of severity so this can vary quite a bit from one child to another.
Has he had hearing and vision tested?
This is the best website on autism that might give you a better idea first of whether he fits in the autism spectrum of disorders and then what his doctor and school might do next to evaluate him. Here is the linkL
I suggest first he have a thorough physical exam, hearing and vision testing, and then a complete evaluation by a speech pathologist to determine his level of speech development.
Lots of kids are misdiagnosed as autism where they actually have a vision, hearing or auditory processing disorder that a speech therapist can evaluate.
If he is looking at you, listening and following directions but just can't express himself well then it does not sound like he has autism characteristics. Rather he may have a speech processing issue and a speech therapist can evaluate him for that.
That is why a speech pathologist needs to do the evaluation, not his doctor.
Because doctors are not competent or trained to do a thorough speech and language evaluation, which is exactly what he needs.
In ability to form a logical speech pattern is exactly what these specialist can detect and treat.
You just need to be sure they are a certified speech pathologist, though I'm not sure what they would be called there.
The other possibility would be a certified educational diagnostician.
These two specialist are skilled at sorting out autism from other developmental problems, such as speech and language issues.
Here is an example:
These specialists are trained to diagnose and treat all speech and language disorders in children with issues such as yours.
I would think either of the two I provided links to above can tell you where to receive help in your city/country. I just did a quick Google search and it appears you have many of such specialists in your country. Just call one of them for a referral to someone near you.
Their websites list their qualifications.
I have to see a few patients but I'll check back with you in a bit.
Hi. Sorry but it took longer than I thought.
As to how long it will take to help him it really depends on the extent and underlying cause of his speech delay but with therapy he can be helped, I assure you.
I'm happy to continue to assist you when you return to this conversation.