The Terrible Twos and Autism

Lately, I have been wondering what is going on with my son, and not really in a negative way. He has autism, and we have known that for quite some time. But now he’s also two, so which is the reason for his current behavior?

I frequently over analyze and over think, so when something happens, I begin to wonder why. That’s the nature of the game.

The other day I was feeding Antonio, and one of our rules is that in order for him to eat he either has to sign more or say more. So since he wasn’t doing either, I gave in and gave him carrots. He threw the bowl. Then I came them back and found he had fed it to the dogs. What he wanted was his chicken. He wouldn’t eat his other food until he ate his chicken first.


The kid LOVES his meat. It never used to be like this, but now he has to do things HIS WAY or no way. He is incredibly stubborn, and I have no idea where this comes from!

So I begin to think… Is this part of the autism or have we entered the terrible twos? Does it even matter? Probably not. I thought this was pretty humorous and didn’t care much at the end of the day. But I try to hide the fact that he has autism sometimes. This word is still new to me.

I don’t always know what is defined as autism and what isn’t. I just know that my kid is not a “normal” two-year-old and it’s going to take a little bit longer before he catches up. So I take a deep breath and just shrug it off.

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  1. Sounds like you have your hands full with your little 2-year old, but that you have a great way of coping by taking a moment before responding to him.

  2. Your boy is gorgeous first of all. Second of all, terrible two’s is a real thing, trust me. I’m right there with you, it has to be their way or no way at all! As for autism, I have a friend whos sweet child has it and I see your struggle guys. Sending good vibes your way!

  3. I have a daughter with autism and I can relate so much to what you are saying here. My daughter is almost 10 years old now, and with every new development, I find myself wondering, “Is this autism or is this just Lacey?” I’ve come to realize though, that those are one in the same. Lacey is uniquely her, and that includes her autism. I’ve never met another autistic child just like her. Thinking of you as you navigate this with your son!

  4. you have a gorgeous son and you are a strong mom. We are also getting close to the terrible twoes and i can totally relate. God bless your family!!

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