Hi, Yesterday I took my son to a speech therapist because he is nearly 2 years old and doesnt talk. It was the first time being seen and she told me that he was severly delayed. Im not sure what that means. I have been going crazy trying to figure out what to do for him and trying to find a cause for his lack of speech. I was reading all over the internet about speech delays, and I came across information that sorta fit with my son. Autism, except that I didnt really understand what that meant. So I kept looking. And the more information I got, the more it seemed to explain why my son has always been a bit odd. And what I mean by Odd. Well, Since he was a baby, he didnt cry, didnt fuss, was always content to just sorta Lay there.. He didnt crawl for a long time and when he did, it was just an army crawl, on his stomach. He didnt start crawling on hands and knees till he was about 10 months, and He didnt walk till 14 months. We had always just said he was shy. He didnt like playing with other kids, Didnt like when people would look at him. He prefered to play alone. Sometimes he could sit with me for 30 min with out making any noise. And My biggest problem was that he wouldnt talk. At his 12 month check up they told me that if he wasnt talking by 18 months to let them know. But instead.. I waited and everyone told me.. "OH he is just a late talker. He will talk when he is ready. But now that he is going on 2 years (Next Month) And he is still not talking, I have been worried. Another thing I noticed, After 18 months, I would see him walking on his toes, We all laughed and thought.. He is so funny! and He also started doing this thing with his eyes. He would look out of the corners and then shift them back and forth. Or sometimes he would look at you thru the top of his eyes. Like tilting his head down and looking up at you. Well reading about Autism, I found those two things.. As Stimms? Im really lost on all of it, and Im still trying to find answers. I have called to the Early Childhood intervention now, and they will be calling me within the week to schedule a home visit. I liked that speech therapist from yesterday, But I really cant afford that. So Im hoping this other program will help.
I sorta feel like Im making a big deal out of this, And everyone around me has told me not to jump to conclusions, and Im trying not to but it is so hard. At what age was your Child assessed and what are some things that you didnt notice till they were pointed out to you. What are Stimms and What are some of them that your Children have?? Im mostly looking for as much information as I can get. Im hoping that might make be feel better.