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|Sun, 05-02-2010 - 7:10pm|
I've been around on some of the boards (autism, delays, speech, etc.) but I don't believe I've posted here.
To make a long story short...
I have a 19 month old boy named Sean. At 17 months I had him evaluated for speech/hearing. At that time he passed both, but Early On thought he needed OT/PT for his fine & gross motor skills. He didn't walk until 16 months and did finger feed late, but we thought he was doing so much better in both areas we were surprised that they were concerned. So since then he started therapy 2 times per week. He receives 1/2 hour each of PT and OT and an hour in a classroom each week. Honestly I am not sure if it's helping or not, but figure it's not hurting so we'll continue through the end of the school year. My concern/worry is what to do this summer. I am a teacher and off for the summer so it would be easy for me to take him to playgroups, therapies, etc. We went to a neurologist and he said that Sean was not autistic, nor did he have any neurological or muscular issues.
I know I seem like a nut to many, but I still don't think things are right with him. I don't know if it's just a delay, or if he'll end up on the spectrum, but I believe it will be one of those. I've scored him on the MChat and he doesn't pass because he does not point. He will bring things to us (not a ton spontaneously, but definitely when we ask) he also shows other examples of joint attention. On the Mchat he fails on both pointing questions and I'm pretty iffy on the following a point. He does follow a point, but not consistently.
He has been home with my husband pretty much since birth. I went back to work at 8 weeks. For the first year my husband was working from home and caring for our two boys. (older brother is 4) The second year of Sean's life he has been home with the boys, but is now laid off from work. I know he interacts more with them, but I just know it isn't like he would have rec'd at a daycare of even with a woman caregiver. My husband takes great care of them, don't get me wrong. It's just that I don't necessarily think he gets down on the floor...points at things, shows things, etc. I do think he's tried harder since the concerns with Sean have come to light. I am not trying to make excuses, I am just wondering if this has anything to do with Sean's delays/struggles, etc.
I've recently decided that I want him to see a developmental pediatrician to give a thorough exam. Early On agrees there's more here, but they won't really say what they think it is which I understand why, especially with his age, but it's so frustrating. I really wish he was at daycare because not only do I think it would be great for him to be around other kids and learn from them, but also because I think it would be easier to tell if he's behind and how.
So basically, can a child with autism or PDD-NOS really only show the no pointing or would there be more? Any suggestions on best therapy route? He's on a waiting list for private speech. He didn't qualify at 17 months for Early On, but he definitely doesn't communicate like he should, although he consistently is picking up words.