My 25month old son has a speech delay. He has just a few words but I've always felt he understood everything being said around him. He follows commands like "let's brush your teeth" "throw that away" "go get your jacket"...
A little background: He has battled chronic ear infections since 4months of age (as soon as he started daycare) He has since had 2 sets of tubes and had his adenoids removed (in July)
I've noticed his language just hasn't progressed and he is way behind the peers in his class. I raised a red flag w his pediatrician at his 18 month checkup and at approx 22months. he said "let's just see what happens" He felt his chronic ear issues might be a factor in the issue.
I asked daycare for a recommendation for a speech therapist. The outside speech therapist "met" with my son at daycare yesterday. the teacher told me she observed him for approx 15-20 min. I get a call from her last night and she basically said she thinks there's something wrong w him She said she thinks there's a "sensory" component to his issues
I asked her why and she said the following
1. the teacher took out a box of toys and ALL of the kids were interested in the toys and julian just wanted the box
2. she asked him to get his sneaker and he didn't
3. most of the kids were sitting at the table and he was laying on the floor
4. he is trying to bite kids
5. he wasn't able to point to simple objects in a board book
i was literally blindsided
I said "are you saying you think my son is autistic?"
She said "i don't make diagnosis. but no i don't think he's autistic but i do think there's a bigger problem than just speech" She told me I need to get a referral for early intervention.
I looked up "sensory intergration" issues and he simply doesn't fit the bill. I am not in denial or sticking my head in the sand but it's just not sitting right in my gut. I feel strongly this is a speech issue. I plan to have a lengthy discussion with his doctor tomorrow at his 2yr checkup. I guess I'm looking for any advice on what my next step should be.