Frances - posted on 12/31/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
I have a 3yr old son who at 2 years wasn't talking much or using speech to communicate. We began taking him to speech therapy to help him along and was immediately told that the therapist believed he needed further developmental testing (she didn't use the word Autism but I still left the appointment in tears). After this 5min assesment I feel like it's just been assumed that my son has this disorder and we went through a year of "speech therapy" which really has just been one assesment after another with no real guidance or assistance with his speech development. So, I left my job and am now home full-time with him and began doing all I could think of to help him along.
Now at 3yrs his comprehension of speech is right on par with his age and his expression is just a bit behind, he knows all his letters, shapes, colours, numbers and he's even READING simple scentences. We've taken him to several different assesments with pediatricians always at the request of the speech therapists and while each person we saw pointed out "red flags" for autism they are always different and so vauge that they could apply to any 3yr old. I'm feeling very frustrated with the entire system at this point. We, his parents, have no issues with his behaviour (he's empathetic, sweet, affectionate, and well-behaved) and feel like if he didn't have a speech delay that no one would think there was a problem but instead of getting help with his speech all I seem to be getting is assesments and judgements. Is it just me or is Autism the new ADHD? Why are we so quick to diagnose our toddlers with cognitive disorders? What has your experience been like?
I want to know that I'm not the only one who feels this way or who is dealing with this. Any support or advice would be greatly appreciated.