We first started to realize something was different about Wade when he was almost two. Actually, it was my mother-in-law who pointed out that he never made eye contact. Up to that point, I just thought he was a difficult child because he was so, so difficult. The first doctor we took him to told us to "wait and see." The second doctor said he didn't see any signs of autism. The third doctor, a developmental pediatrician, said Wade was fine, but I needed parenting classes; then he recommend I buy his book. I finally found ECI (Early Childhood Intervention). They said there was definitely something wrong, but they just didn't know what because Wade's skills were so scattered. He threw fits hourly but also taught himself to read and write. By the age of two, he had at least ten sets of alphabet letters that he played with all the time. Even though he doesn't play with them anymore, I've saved a few of those sets because they were what gave me hope.