Gail - posted on 09/07/2012 ( 21 moms have responded )
My 3 yr old is developmentally delayed. He still does not talk, and that is my greatest area of concern. He was given a diagnosis of autism and does have some characteristics of autism, namely spinning objects close to his right eye for visual stimming while babbling loudly and occasionally screaming in excitement at the same time for a verbal stim.
He also does not know how to play. About a week ago, we began play-based ABA aka ESDM to help him learn to play while working on specific , measurable goals at the same time. It will take another month for the team to finalize treatment goals so nothing is set in stone.
Of late, he seems to have made some big jumps in receptive language and seems to understand 90% of everything that I tell him. But there are still no words. He also started a special ed preschool last month. I also take him to speech and OT. I am doing the best and all that I can but I am so worried by the way the school district treats my son. They seem to have written him off as unreachable / unable to help. I am so worried about him and cannot sleep most nights. I have lost a lot of weight and have developed chronic health conditions from the sheer stress and depression of having a child with special needs. Mostly, I am terrified that he will never speak.
He does not seem interested in toys or anything other than music and TV. He is so hard to reach because very little things motivate him, making it harder for me to work with him..BUT, we are trying.
I just need some words of hope and encouragement. Did anyone else here or do you know of anyone who had a child who was not verbal at 3, but developed speech just fine later on ? Please help me cope with this nightmare. Thanks in advance for advise and support.