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Name: alexsmom99
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Hi, I am new to this and not even sure of what to say at this point. I have a 22 month old son who we are going to have tested for Autism. This all came about due to the fact that he is only speaking a couple of words at this point-Car & Clap. Starting from the time he was 1 until he was 19 months he had 10 ear infections, so we had tubes placed in about 1 1/2 months ago, thinking that maybe that had alot to do with his speech. Like I said he does say those two words and Mama and Dada but you really have to coax him to say anything. He is like everyone says of their children, very loving, bright and funny! At daycare he does interact with the other children but sometimes he prefers to play off to the side by himself. We have recently started taking him to a speech therapist and at our 2nd visit she said she has seen great improvement. He makes eye contact, although sometimes when you call his name he does not respond, usually when there are cartoons on! When he wants something he will come take your hand and lead it to you and also points to the things he wants.
My husband and I are so stressed at this point, sometimes I feel as if my head will explode. We have been trying very hard using the ideas that the speech therapist gave us to help him along, it can be so frustrating at times. I just need to vent a bit...thank you :)
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Name: Edwardliu | Date: Nov 11th, 2011 4:11 PM
Does he use his finger to point to the object or use his hand?
Can he follow the basic command such as "Come here, put on your shoe, open the door".
Does he point to the plane or the bird or the train when he sees it?
Does he wave bye-bye ?
Do you do hearing test for him?
Does he call you mum or dad when you ask him?

Don't be too stress. Autism is not dead life. If you find the Problem early that means you have hope. Even delay children you need to do the thing for them too.
Gluten free and diary free for him.
Then find the DAN doctor for him. Check his hair to see what cause the problem.
My son is autism. He knows nothing when he was 22months old. He did bubble mum, dad, sister, milk in chinese. He only can do clap his hand but can't speak his favor toy car. With my point I guess your son just delays.
Autism or delay is not important. The problem is there and you need to help your son.
My son is nearly five years old now. He starts to speak everything. He is good at reading and math. I think he can beat a lot of delay children. He got his friends now. I can't see he has any bad behavior. He help me do the house work. He help me shopping. He doesn't scare any noise any more. He can be hugged by everyone. After two and a half years bio-medical treatment. He improves a lot. He still a little bit behind on reading comprehension. But he did his wonderful job. So with my point, autism or delay is not important. You do need to see DAN doctor, ST and OT. My son is going to the normal public school next two month. 

Name: MSHB2 | Date: Nov 13th, 2011 5:25 AM
Edwardliu has great questions to as your self about your child. I have a son that is now 7 years old and has both ADHD and Aspergers Autism. I knew from about 2 months old he had ADHD because I grew up with a brother that had it. I knew so much about it and all the signs and symptoms. But when he finally needed meds to do well in school and they were not working as they should, his teachers and I decided to have him tested for Autism. I was so worried and never dreamed of him having any thing but the ADHD. It was very scary at first. Now I do as much researching as possible and in hind sight I can see all the symtoms in him as he was growing up that I honestly thought was just his ADHD. Early intervention is the best way to help your child, so even if he does not have Autism it wont hurt to have him evaluated. Just remember to always follow your own motherly insticnt and learn as much as you can about it. There is fantastic web site i have just recently descovered call disabled-world.com. This should answer many of your questions. And as hard as it may be, don't stress yourself out. Either way your child is special and you will always do what is best for him. 

Name: Edwardliu | Date: Nov 13th, 2011 10:09 AM
It has very good site such as autism parents forum and TACA web site.( talk about cure autism) They will give you hope and all the information.
I can understand your stress. You can read other parents discussion and maybe can help you go through the hardest time. 

Name: kamalam | Date: Nov 15th, 2011 1:23 PM
hi, I ALSO HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY SON WHEN HE WAS 2 Y .BUT AFTER AT THE AGE OF 3 HE ALREADY CALL ME MOM AND DADDY. I UNDERSTAND HW U FEEL IF UR SON DIDNT CALL U MOM/DAD.//
DUN WORRY ,..EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRITE BUT SLOWLY,..DUN GIVE UP..
SHOW MORE LOVE TO HIM ...HE ALSO ALWAZ LEAD ME TO WAT HE WAN,.THEN I STOP TO FOLLOW HIM BUT I WILL ASK HIM WHICH ONE U WAN?
LET HIM ANSWER U ...DUN GIVE UP 

Name: US101 | Date: Dec 23rd, 2011 8:09 AM
I can certainly understand your frustrations. However, do not get too worried too quickly! While autism is incredibly underdiagnosed it is also the first thing parents fear when there are language delays. For instance, pure language delays may be caused by an expressive language disorder and not autism. The best advice I can give is to get your child evaluated by a clinician who specializes in behavior analysis. If there is a problem, start intervention immediately, even if you have to pay out of pocket. You have identified a problem very early on and with proper evaluation and intervention your child should be about to integrate into general education at an early age. About the frustrations, I know it can be very difficult but it is important to embrace the change that you are initiating. Because you have identified the problem so early you are going to greatly increase the quality of life for your son for the rest of his life. If you are looking for more ideas the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (centerforautism.com) has a parent program called SKILLS that can help you with in home intervention. Its kind of expensive ($850/yr) but much cheaper than paying for therapy. 

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