My husband and I are a little worried about our 17 month old daughters social development and are wondering if we should take her to her ped for evaluation. Here it is the good and bad. Thanks!
Problems that I am seeing with her:
1.She isn’t good at giving hugs/kisses. With us she will act excited to see us and then when we get up to her to give us a hug she just looks at us and doesn’t follow through. 2.She doesn’t wave or say hi/bye except to dogs. 3.She has no real interest in people outside of family. She just stares like she is trying to “study” them but she never goes beyond that. She doesn’t play with other kids. 4.She doesn’t “imaginatively” play. She doesn’t try and hold dolls like a baby or feed them. She just wants to open and close their eyes. 5.She loves buttons, doors, and flips, anything that moves 6.She doesn’t communicate what she wants: She has just started giving us the cup when she is thirst, but when we ask what she wants she gets frustrated and screams/cry 7.She has only learned 1 sign and we have worked on this since she was about 6 months old. 8.When she gets frustrated because we don’t know what she wants she throws things. 9.She isn’t saying words other than muma, dada, and no. She will say mama and dada for many things NOT just us especially when she is frustrated. 10. She HATES loud running water, blenders, vacuums, hair dryers, ext 11. She doesn’t tell us if she is wet/dirty and hates to have her diaper changed. Then when we change her she tries to hide and fusses.
Things she is doing Well:
1.She is GREAT at problem solving 2.She is good at showing/bringing us things 3.She is a wonderful “babbler” and will carry on conversations with her babble. 4.She is good at following simply commands 5.She makes really good eye contact 6.She smiles and laughs with us 7.She loves to be held. 8.She has very good motor skills running, climbing ext. 9.She seems to understand a lot of what we ask her and say to her.
It would be useful to have her evaluated by a developmental pediatrician. That sort of evaluation will clairify her status in the various spheres of development: motor, cognitive, social and emotional.
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