I'm hoping someone will know what I should be asking for. My DS was previously diagnosed with PDD-NOS and will be 3 in May. We are currently working with a physical therapist and a speech therapist. However, in talking with both of them today I think our core issues are way more social/emotional than either of these. While he does have some minor speech delays he has a huge vocabulary (300+ words), can make his needs known, and has reasonable articulation. His issues are more he has repetitive speech when he gets anxious or can't figure out what to say. While he has some sensory issues, I genuinely believe most of his "delays" in the PT area were the result of him not wanting to interact with the therapists that did the eval vs. him not being able to do something. For instance, they said he had a fine motor delay since he wouldn't string beads. So I go out and buy the same wooden beads to work on it. He does 3 for me that night in about 5 minutes. By the 2nd PT appt. he did 5 for the therapist. He is exceptionally strong willed and frequently refuses to do anything someone else suggests.
I have enquired about playgroups for children with delays to try to get him used to being around people (long story but we've moved overseas 3 times since he was born and he has spent a lot of time alone with me) but no one has any suggestions. I've tried taking him to Gymboree and other typical kids activities, but that usually results in a tantrum when he is required to do circle time or forced to be close to other children. So regular activities are too much for him, but I can't seem to find anything for children with this sort of social delay. Can anyone offer some suggestions on what else I could try? I really feel like this is our core issue that is causing so many delays in other areas and I have no idea what type of treatment I should be looking for. Our service coordinator is nice and helpful when I'm specific with requests, but doesn't come up with enough suggestions for my tastes.