Hi Penny, I wondered about autism in the past as well–especially due to the issues with eye contact. However, the neuropsychiatrist and our family counselor both indicated that this wasn’t a diagnosis on their radars. His pediatrician also screened him a few times and felt autism didn’t fit. Similar to what you said about having “big emotions,” our counselor said that he avoided eye contact because it made him feel things “too much” and led to him feeling out of control. Control is a big deal for him. We’re making good progress, but I’d like him to be able to experience emotions without feeling completely overwhelmed by them.