Jennifer - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )
Hi. I really appreciate the time anyone is taking to read this. I am worried and don't know where to turn. I am worried about my son William. He will be17 months soon. He does make some limited eye contact. He loves to be held and is interested in the people in the room, well at least me. However, he does not respond to his name. Ever. He does not play simple games like "where is mommy". He does not say any words but "mom". He cannot follow simple commands like "sit" or "no". He does not wave bye or hi. He does not play with toys. He really has no interest in them. He only puts them in his mouth. That is about it. He may open or close a book or open and close a door, but mostly he just paces. He walks from one room to the next, not really stopping to look at anything. I have thought maybe he is bored but when I try to engage him in an activity he isn't interested. Sometimes he just starts laughing for what seems to be no reason. I have asked his doctor about this and he says it is too early to determine anything. Is this true? Is he just simply delayed or do I need to demand early intervention. I am so worried and sad. He is a twin and his brother makes good eye contact, loves to play with his toys, demands to be held and touched, however, he also does not have any words. He only rarely responds to his name. Any advice at all is really appreciated.