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I would wonder how old your son is now and how his development has continued since the diagnosis....but yes for sure if he had moderate hearing loss this could have resulted in an inability to participate socially essentially from babyhood on.
As a matter of fact any child that has not started talking or making sounds that progress I do check a formal hearing test just to make sure I don´t miss any hearing loss.
If he is not hearing really it is difficult to respond to social cues and develop socially as we would expect him to. However autistim also has other characteristic features such as repetitive play and sensitivities to stimuli that hearing loss should not affect.
19 months is really on the earliest side of making an accurate diagosis of autism thus my question of how old he is now...to see if I could advise you on his current progress. I seem to have caught you offline. I will try to check back periodically thus if you would like to chat please just type in a reply and I will get back to you. I hope your afternoon is going well!
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It sounds like you have had a rough time getting his hearing loss diagnosed for sure! How is he doing developmentally now?
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So even though he is comprehending much better if he continues to struggle socially he still may have some other behavioral concerns separate from his hearing issues. As you feel that the specialist in fact did not properly diagnose him than I would strongly encourage you to listen to your gut and get another opinion.
At his age if he is exposed to other kids who don't flap like his siblings for instance it is unlikely that he does it due to the influence from other kids in his class.
Many kids who once had a autism diagnosis do end up "growing out" of it, although they continue to have behavioral differences with their peers, but more time and development gives us more information and allows for a more accurate diagnosis.
Meaning that probably they never had autism in the first place, but it is really hard to diagnosis a much younger child as with age things may change.
I do agree that someone should have checked his hearing long before it was done and this alone would probably cause me to look for another specialist.
I hope this has been helpful for you. Please do not hesitate to respond with any further thoughts or concerns you may have. Thanks!