AlkaA - posted on 10/18/2014 ( 7 moms have responded )
Hi to everyone,
Me and my husband are foreigner here in the US and came here as students. In the course of our studies we were blessed with a beautiful daughter. everything was fine for a year and then my husband had to graduate and I started taking online classes staying at home. So we end up not interacting a lot with our dd and in turn she was exposed to more TV and ipads then human. We lived in small town in Iowa and we rarely had anyone come visit us and we didn't have any family members here in the country so basically had almost no playtime with kids.
We became worried when our daughter didn't start talking until 2 and we visited her pediatrician who was also a foreigner and said it was common among us and her daughter didn't speak until 4. To be honest thats what we have seen and heard about kids from our community.
At 2.5y we visited another pediatrician and she told us to take the MCHAT and there she said our dd showed red flags and her red flags were all related to communication and language. we then started speech therapy and OT. now at 3.5 she got into school and has begun to use words to ask for things and learned a lot of words but only few sentences. She speaks english but understands our native language.
Here's the thing we are concerned, Is it autism or lack of interaction with parents and other people that our dd had difficulties in her language development? I wanted to see developmental pediatrician but my husband is trusting the school's evaluation which let her into the school system. Also, she is showing great improvement once she stated playing with kids.
here are some things that points toward autism
she pointed to show things till 1.5 and then on we dont remember her pointing.
she knew abc's color when she 2 but thats about it. she babbelled a lot but hard to understand.
plays by herself although when she was 1.5 she liked kids and would follow them around.
does not respond much to strangers
here are some things that suggest that may not be autism
very responsive and playful from 3 months
very smart and quick learner
quick in imitating others
never threw a tantrum
checks parents face before doing silly things
gets excited when accomplishes anything and runs to mom to hug as if done something great
not any classical autism symptoms.
I would be thankful to all the moms out there if they share some of their experiences.