Shannon - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
My daughter, born April 9th, doesn't speak. At all. She babbles (a lot) and is very happy-go-lucky and cuddly, but there are no comprehensible words in her vocabulary at this point. Around 14 months, she began speaking a little (baba = bottle, joo = juice, ja ja = Justin, her brother), but about two months later, it completely stopped. She also exhibits repetitive behavior (sorting her toys back and forth and back and forth). But, she is very cuddly and loves to be held. She craves physical attention (moreso than any other autistic child I've ever known). She doesn't use a fork or spoon and she won't potty train because she can't vocalize when she's gone or got to go. She won't even try to repeat what we say to her and ignores us when we try to teach her body parts and how to point.
I'm worried to have her checked because I don't want her to be "labeled" as Autistic. I had made a decision that if she is not talking by the time she is three I would have her evaluated but now I'm questioning whether I should do it earlier. She stays at home all day with my husband and I work so I don't know if it's due to lack of interaction with other children her age or if it's developmental. I also have a 7-year old son so she doesn't have to talk because he does everything for her.
I find myself comparing my children even though I know that's unhealthy because every child develops at a different rate. Looking back at pictures of my son, though, he was already potty trained, speaking in full sentences, and able to point to his body parts. Remington does none of that...she's not even close. Please let me know what you think. Thanks!