my son is two years old and has a speech delay. He says two or three words at the most. He is currently in speech therapy. When is the right age to test him for autism?
Jessica - posted on 09/09/2011
My son also had a speech delay and social issues. They wouldn't test him until he started school and the teacher agreed that he needed it. Of course this was in preschool at age 4 and it was a school for children with delays. The teacher had been around others with autism. But she had to refer us. Hope this helps!
Gina - posted on 09/08/2011
I'm sorry to hear that you have to start all over again, but I do have a suggestion. Contact a pediatrician or your insurance for pediatricians who specializes in developmental disorders. Some doctors offices have a list of symptoms for autism to check for all children. He may not have that. Also it is a government rule for children who will attend school to be pre-tested for problems in advance. Each state varies as to the program (0-5 yrs of age).
Jada - posted on 09/07/2011
Here's an article I found about autism testing - it's from back in 2007...don't know how current/correct it is, but it may help - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21515865/ns/... /
In my experience early intervention in a classroom setting with a few other kids and specialized teachers worked wonders. Best wishes for you and your little one!
Jennifer - posted on 09/06/2011
After my post I call the dev. ped to see if there were any early cancellations. Gave them my new prim. insurance. Turns out they don't take it. I cried. 30 days away from the appt. Back to square one. Have to go to over an hour away for the nearest Dr. or see a Neurologist. Hope they see what we see.
Porsha - posted on 09/06/2011
he's very resistant to me, my mother, or grandmother teaching him words when we point at stuff. It's like he knows we trying to teach him so he can speak. then when we went out with a group of my girlfriends who has kids, she suggest autism. I'm really not sure. I'm just frustrated as to why my son doesn't want to talk yet i feel like he's capable of it. he's trys to count to he goes down the stairs.
Cheri - posted on 09/06/2011
Your son sounds alot like mine. We had him in early on but he timed out. He's been is speech for almost a year, tote, play group, children and infant program, and a behavior teach comes 2 hrs a day. We never get more then a hour or 2 with out someone being here. He also has a oral sensory issues and is more then a yr behind in almost ever subject but they say he has no form of autism. That's just the way he is. Also he is 2 1/2 and mentally 11m-18m
Jennifer - posted on 09/06/2011
My now 3 yo has a speech delay. He was in Early Intvention until aged out to go onto the IU Early Intv. He only gets 30 mins speech even though he was getting an hour of OT for sensory issues, hour of speech and hour of special instruction for social and behavior issues each week last year. We take him for OT & speech privately and soon with Medicaid as they qualify the OT needs and speech needs as medically necessary. Waiting for a diagnosis of whatever (SPD, Speech delay (Both those used the therapists evals for medicaid) but not sure if PDD NOS too. We filled out an online test for PDD and both my husband and I scored him moderate for PDD. Therapists think it's just SPD & Speech. Get him to a development pediatrician to find out for sure. If suspect Autism you could get into a Pediatric Neurologist faster. If you are not getting services at all Contact your Early Intervention Program for no cost evals and treatment.
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