Developmental issues with my son?

Mandatoryink - posted on 01/25/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )




I have a feeling this is going to be a long post. So readers beware.
I am getting very worried! My mother brought up her thoughts about my son possibly being autistic well over a year ago. I freaked out and started crying and researching. My husband was angry. Everyone else in my family convinced me not to worry and that he was fine. His third birthday is in February 9th. My mother is bringing up autism again. And again I am getting very stressed out. I am planning on calling a ??? what today. Someone to get him tested. I am not really sure if I should be looking for a pediatrician, a psychologist, a regular family doctor? I also am not sure what of his behavior could be considered normal, a developmental delay that he will catch up ... or whatever else. When researching online- I get every answer... yes, no, maybe.... It's this, it's that, it's nothing. I woke up early to another "fridge raid". By this I mean he has gotten into the fridge and dumped things all over the place. He has done this multiple times. He always gets in trouble. THIS TIME- I had a lock on the fridge. And when I was expressing that this was a no no in my mommies mad tone. And that he should know better- he just looked at me like he didn't know better. It seemed to me all the other times he realized he was not suppose to do that. But now I don't know.
He wakes up go go go every morning. I am so tired.
There are so many things that he does (or doesn't do) that are not consistent with Autism. I really am not sure that he has a hearing problem... He has moments where he will just repeat everything we say. I don't know..... Right now I am just a very worried, upset, confused mother.


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Ambra - posted on 01/25/2013




The easiest first step is to see your doctor and tell him about all the things your noticing in his behavior. If his speech is not were he thinks it is then make sure you get into to see a speech therapist. They can then set up the hearing test and will do test for signs of autism. We went through all of this with our son and found that he was just lazy. It wil take time for all of this so be patient. The night time raids might be something else altogether. He may be sleep walking. Some people will do things in their sleep as if they were awake. So him staring at you blankly may be because he isn't awake to understand so make note of when it happens what he does during and after and mention it to the doctor. Good luck. I know it's hard to understand them at this age so patients is key.

Dove - posted on 01/25/2013




Talk to his doctor (which should be done regularly anyway) and ask for a referral to have him evaluated. You've already said (I think I remember) that his speech is lacking, so that could be a big factor in his issues.... or it could be that his issues are causing the speech delay. A developmental child psychologist (I believe that's what it's called) should be able to give him a thorough evaluation.

Ashley - posted on 01/25/2013




You said he will be 3 in a few weeks. By this age most kids are talking up a storm. How is his speech and vocabulary?

Rebekah - posted on 01/25/2013




Yes, start with pediatrician...and ask about a referral to a specialist, such as a child psychiatrist or child psychologist. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 01/25/2013




Have you expressed you concerns with his pediatrician? Honestly that's where I would start, and they will be able to recommend the next step.

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