My general advice,
If you are concerned get him evaluated. only 3 possible results 1) things in all areas are fine and you are relieved but keep an eye out just in case you need to reassess in the future, 2) you were right to be concerned and you get started on help right away and early intervention is key or 3) (the only one I don't like) some red flags show up and no one can tell you for sure if there is a problem and what it is and say he isn't delayed enough for services. In that case know that there is most likely something neurologically untypical (though it may or may not be autism related) and continue to explore until you get answer 1 or 2.
If you need ideas on how to get an evaluation we can help there too.
Hi everyone, thank you for your thoughts!! I have an appointment for June 8th with a "behavioral therapist" at our medical group, referred to us by Gabe's pediatrician. I guess it's a start.
Hi and Welcome! I'm fairly new here and do not have 1/100 of the knowledge that some of the moms here have on this subject but I definitely agree with them.....follow your gut.
My guy is a non-stop talker as well.....mostly about trains - occassionally about other things.
Good luck and post anytime......we're here.
Hello and welcome.
Ditto what everyone else said. If you have any niggling concerns you should check them out. Mom's instinct is usually worth following.
On the physical activity thing. It could simply be lack of interest: i.e. your little guy puts all of his energy and focus into cerebral, rather than physical pursuits. However there could be minor underlying issue, possibly sensory (oversensitive to movement or firm input) or with motor planning. Either/both of these issues can be helped with physical and/or occupational therapy. The best route to have this kind of evaluation IMO, is through the school district. Call the central office and find out the procedure for requeting a preschool evaluation.
Good luck and I HTH
I agree with Chelsea that there are some possible red flags in what you write. And in a high-functioning chld, a dx is often not able to be made until later. Our son has been treated for sensory issues and social issues since age 3, but was not actually dx'ed PDD-NOS until age 6. He is a borderline dx, and we were lucky in our savvy pediatrician and also that we were able to get him so much help when very young.
We also went the route of having a thorough dx done by a neuropsych with a specialty in dx'ing autistic spectrum disorders and that was one of the best things we ever did. Although expensive (and not covered by our insurance), we really got an indepth analysis of his strengths and weaknesses and have been able to continue working with him very intensely and specifically. At age almost-9, he is blossoming.
When you and dh are having conversations with him at home, is he interested in completing conversations that YOU start? Can he talk about other things besides his obsessions? Is he interested in what you think, what your interests are? Often adults compensate and CREATE the interactive conversations more than they are aware of. It was in the difficulty to really have a cooperative conversation, esp. with another child, that we started to see the troubles our son was having, even though he is highly verbal and intelligent.
It is also possible that your child is NOT spectrum, but we BTDT moms will all tell you not to wait to find out, and even though you were once told No, dx'es are not such a static thing, as children develop, dx'es can change, children can even go "off" the spectrum sometimes...
Good luck and let us know how things are going.
Welcome to the board!