Can a toddler be autistic and have a lack of tantrums?

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My almost 2 year old son is has been exhibiting a lot of odd behavior over the last couple months. He stopped saying some words he knew, started doing a lot of sensory behavior such as walking around objects and people, he also had stopped responding to his name, he doesn't point to things or have any hand gestures such as buh bye, and does this thing with his hands where he opens and closes them and his body tenses up and his mouth gaps open, or he will do hand thing and bite his arm.

We are waiting for an appointment for him to be tested, but it is very far out. He has an Ot currently coming to the house to work with him and with the work we have gotten him to respond to his name a bit more (40 % of the time) and he did start to say words although I've only ever heard him use the words once then never again. We suspect that he is autistic or has very bad sensory processing disorder.

The odd thing is everyone talks about the meltdowns their kids have with both, but our son doesn't really have meltdowns. He has never been afraid of anything, he barely shows signs that things hurt, and its even hard to tell if something is annoying him. He of course cries occasionally, but honestly his lack of crying and tantrums is abnormal. Is this something that can occur in autism?

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