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|Mon, 01-11-2010 - 1:19pm|
Some of you might remember that I had concerns about Ry's speech development and had resolved to take action if he wasn't speaking by January. Well, he's still not talking and he is lagging a bit behind in other areas as well.
We had Ry's 15 month appt. today and we brought up our concerns about Ry's speech with the doctor. He talked with us for about an hour about what Ry does and doesn't do. Ry scored 11 months on his PDQ which is exactly what he scored at his 12 month appt., so his development has basically flat-lined. He's still doing fine on his gross motor development but speech and fine motor are lagging behind. The doctor gently led us to the possibility that we are looking at either autism, another form of developmental delay disorder, or a neurological disorder.
He referred us to a neurologist to get testing for neurological disorders set up, he encouraged us to set up an eval with TEIS (EI here), which DH is actually on the phone doing right now, and is having us repeat Ry's hearing exam to rule out hearing problems. He thinks we shouldn't have a problem getting approved for therapy through EI and that Ry will really benefit from speech and occupational therapy there. He was very encouraging about the prognosis when therapy begins this early, and I really appreciated his gentle and sensitive approach.
That being said, I am, of course, scared and really sad. It seems that if he does have autism, he's on the milder end of the spectrum since he does things like smile, laugh, and make eye contact, so I'm trying to remind myself that with the proper therapy, he could live a close to normal life, but this is definitely not the vision I had in mind for my son; who does have this in mind for their children?
Anyway, I know I'm not around much, but you ladies have been very supportive when I am, so I'd like to ask for your P&PT once again. Thank you!