Hello there. My name is Gemma and I am looking for some support for myself and my family. I am a SAHM to my three fabulous children--Blythe (4), Kiki (2 1/2) and Cameron (7 mos).
Kiki is my loveable, huggable, fabulous and (for the most part) silent child.
Blythe more than makes up for his silence and talks nonstop and Cameron babbles and jargons with the best of them (and yet I am still watching him like a hawk for signs of pdd).
We finally have an appt to see a Developmental Pediatrician in June and I have had Kiki is Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Special Instruction (like Developemental Therapy) since last year. He talks, but not to get things and not really to communicate ideas or wants. He will point to pictures in books, he loves to read. He loves hugs and kisses (I call him my 3 foot Hedonist) and his smile quite literally will light up a room. And yet, his eye contact can be spotty at times, he goes through silent phases, he pattern walks around things or around a room, and he just isn't normal (whatever "normal" means.
And I worry. Boy, do I worry. My DH thinks Kiki is just a "Late Bloomer" and I cannot tell you how much I hope he is right and we will all laugh about this 15 years from now when he is approaching his senior year in High School, but my instinct is that there is something up.
All of his therapists are stumped. "If he is On The Spectrum, he is definitely High Functioning" is the one comment I get from all of them...but none of them are sure if he is On The Spectrum or just slow to talk. They all seem very fond of him and Lord knows that he absolutely loves them.
Also, for the past 3 to 4 months he has been making all sort of progress, almost teaching himself how to read (he will name letters and sound out words on the cereal box, for example), and colors and shapes and numbers (1 to 20), as well as identifying and spontaneously verbalizing well over 50 words. And yet, he won't call out to Mommy or Daddy (although he will say Mama, Dada, sometimes when asked to when looking at pictures). But for the past two weeks the progress has stopped. Since Thomas the Train came via the Easter Bunny, progress has been slower...eye contact has been less, words have been harder to come by...and a temper has surfaced. Oh, I'm not sure that Thomas is the culprit, it's just a convenient scapegoat perhaps, but I do see a correlation in timing.
Does any of this sound familiar? Do any Mommies here have similar stories?
This is one of the scariest things. I hate to worry. My children are healthy and happy and relatively good sleepers (kiki is the BEST sleeper) , but I do worry. I just want to know that my son isn't going to spend the rest of his life in silence and alone.
Anyways...I'm just looking for some support. If anybody reading this has some, please send some my way. And thanks for taking the time to read this.