Dianna - posted on 09/03/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )
My daughter Alexis is 2 1/2 years old... Right before she turned 2 we were referred to have her hearing tested because she had not started talking yet. Her hearing was tested and came back normal however the ear nose and throat specialist advised us we should have her tested for autism. Of course my world came crashing down on me in March we took her to a developmental specialist who advised us that she is not autistic but she does have a speech delay and developmental delay. To this day it is still hard to cope with this. We have our good days and we have our bad days I no longer work anymore so I can be home with her to help with her delays. We also recently started getting help with a early intervention program. She gets one speech therapy session and 2 developmental therapy sessions a month. As it is I have never really been a patient person and dealing with her delays has really challenged me. We don't have any other kids in our family she has a 6 year old cousin but that's about it and she does interact with him other than that she really has no interaction with kids. Being a first time mother as she was growing I wasn't really sure what milestones she should be hitting and when she should be hitting them until she really didn't crawl or walk until she was 1yr old and then of course she was not talking. If I knew then what I know now I'm sure things would be different with her. It's hard for me not to feel guilty, frustrated, and sad for her. She also gets frustrated because she can't tell me what she wants and I can never guess the right thing that she wants. Sometimes I find myself losing hope and faith on our bad days. And I often find myself wondering if she'll ever live a normal life. She has been picking up on a few things. She knows how to show is how old she is with her fingers. She has always said "yeah" for anything and everything. And she recently picked up the word "coo-coo" and "mum". She loves to dance, she loves books and she loves watching the Disney junior channel. She makes me smile and laugh. Any advice/suggestions/tips would be appreciated. Thank you for your time in reading this.