Amber - posted on 11/16/2012 ( 28 moms have responded )
I have a 28 month old son that was a 9 week preemie, only child, that stays at home with me. So his being slightly speech delayed didn't quite surprise me. He has always done things at his own pace from smiling to crawling to walking late, too. I thought that I should put him in Speech Therapy regardless as it could do nothing but help him in the long run.
Three weeks into therapy she conveyed that his speech patterns were "disconcerting" and his refusal to mimic her with sounds of letters or words was concerning. He speaks 50-70 words very well and has a few "phrases" but none of the words are interchangeable (IE "want wa-wa" but doesn't want anything else, "here you go" but cars don't go, trucks don't go..ect). He says new words all the time and I thought therapy was going quite well before she brought that up. When I asked where the type of issue he was having was usually seen (apraxia, APD, ect) she said "in the autism spectrum" and that he learns word with one meaning and stays very rigid with them and that is "atypical".
I contacted some college friends that specialized in the disorder and my child doesn't have ANY of the red flags for autism (eye contact fine, imaginative play, no stimming, very affectionate, no markers on the CHAT assessment) that would be worrisome aside from the language delay that is obviously, in some way, unique. I am at a loss! I figured he was just a late bloomer that needed a little help and now I am in a full blown panic.
I wouldn't mind if he did or didn't, I just want to get him the best help possible and am just very worried. Has anyone else been through this? Or their child had similar speech patterns? Or has a child in the spectrum that you couldn't see it coming AT ALL?