Hi y'all! I was just wondering if anyone has anything to contribute - advice, personal stories, etc. I have two nieces and three nephews. The two nieces are sisters - one is 13 years old and the other just turned 3 years old in April. Their mother, one of my older sisters, has always remarked on the 13 year olds weird social behavior and I suggested she research Asperger syndrome. She had no clue about it and she's not one to research things that she's concerned about. My sister is one to be concerned, but she's not one to take matters into her own hands. Her daughter is 13 and she's still just remarking about her odd behavior - not researching anything. When I suggested she research Asperger syndrome, I saw the gears her head start going and she started commenting more and more on the 3 year olds behavior. My sister has been commenting on her behavior since last fall and is still commenting. She asks me whether or not I think she may have Autism. I've told her I didn't think so because I thought maybe she was jumping to conclusions and with me just recently suggesting looking into Asperger syndrome as a cause to weird social behavior of her 13 year old. My sister is known as being a bit ditzy so jumping to conclusions about any weird behavior her children do, is something our family would laugh and roll their eyes at. It's been on my mind more and more though. My 3 year old niece definitely isn't where she needs to be with language development. I don't believe she gets enough interaction with other people and children to develop in that area. It's just my niece with her mother, father, her older sister, and an occasional vistor here and there. She simply doesn't talk as she should for being 3 years old. She's been known to echo what's been said to her and babble to herself while she's in play. Every now and then, she'll surprise us and be very clear in what she's saying. When it comes to interactions with others, my niece doesn't interact peacefully whatsoever, even after she's "warmed" up. She can be downright vicious with throwing violent tantrums, just from someone trying to play with her. Her mother jokes with the family, "Don't engage her!" She doesn't do this all the time, but our family has experienced her getting mad if she catches you looking at her. We were suggested to not even look at her. She has just recently started playing as if it's all ritual, which I know is quite normal for young children, but I didn't know if this type of play is indicative of Autism. When she plays, she will have a toy in one hand, dance around in circles, while motioning with her open hand over the toy - it's almost as if she's a witch and she's doing a ritual. She did it in a restaurant recently with a napkin. While she's doing this, she tends to babble. Another thing she does is line her toys up. She does this with almost everything. Just recently, she received some counting bears and the first thing she did with them, was line them up along the coffee table in a straight line - they looked like a little bear army that was mobilized! She did it was such extreme precision and I didn't dare mess with the bears because she would have thrown an extreme tantrum if I had. My brother in law also told me about how my niece will throw a fit if her shoelaces aren't perfect. My sister and brother in law joke about how she has OCD. My niece just doesn't interact the way she should for her age and I feel like she's been delayed for some reason. So, has anyone had a child that had similar behavior at this age and grow up "normal?" Does anyone with experience and education in Autism have any comments or advice?