Becky - posted on 01/23/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )
I have a son who is going to be 3 in 4 months. He is over all a healthy child who is happy most of the time. When he was a baby we were always commenting on how much he laughed and smiled at us. Now at a little over 2 1/2, he is still generally a happy kid, but gets very frustrated and upset because he cannot communicate his needs or wants. He is saying maybe 4 word consistently, momma, dadda, up and bye. We have thought he has said other words, but he has only said them once. He understands us when we talk to him and ask him to do stuff so that is not a concern. I have voiced my concern for him to his doctor since he was 1 year old. The doctors kept telling me to wait and see, that he would just be a late talker. Well I waited till 18 months and they said he would bloom at 2 years. Well here he is at almost 3 and no change. I have had him enrolled in speech therapy for the past 6 months, but do not see a real change. They have recently suggested starting sign language with him so that he has some way to communicate with me. I am just concerned that will set him back further. I am hoping to get him into Head Start this fall because that is what the school system uses for preschool. Problem is we are over the income limit and they do not generally consider speech delays a disability and reason to qualify him to get in. I am mainly wondering what could be causing him to have such a delay and what can I do? No one seems to be able to help me. Everyone keeps saying give him time, but he is going to be going to school in a couple of years and I do not want him too behind. I was told that I should not worry about Autism because he gives eye contact and loves to be cuddled/touched. So can anyone offer any advice? Thanks so much.