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3 yr old can't communicate
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3 yr old can't communicate

My 3 1/2 year old, Kellen, has problems telling us what hurts or what's bothering him when unhappy. We've never been able to hold a discussion with him and he doesn't make up his own sentences. Most of what he says he has heard somewhere else (from other people or movies). He doesn't seem to pretend very much (if at all) and when he looks at books he doesn't make up his own story; he tells it from memory. If he's never read the book he just looks at the pictures until he see's something he recognizes. Kellen has excellent enunciation and is learning to spell/read words. He's been talking since  10-12 months. He's great with colors and numbers too. He can't write letters but can do lines and circles and will make scribble pictures. He's potty-trained during the day but still wets at night. He's generally pleasant and happy and loved affection. Lastly, he's not interested in other kids (except babies; he loves babies!). He doesn't try to play with them unless they approach him. If they do play, it's all physical. They try to talk to him but he can't converse. My 2 year old, Devon, is much different and communicates great; this difference is what told us Kellen might have a social / behaviorial / communication problem. I talked with my pediatrician, who said I should have Kellen evaluated. He said I don't need a referral so I can just pick a Dr from our insurance's website. I'm not sure what kind of doctor should evaluate him. Can you offer your opinion?
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You should probably ask your doctor who they recommend you see considering your concerns.  Then, see if the doctor is covered.  He sounds like he's exhibiting some autistic signs. Good luck to you!
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Hi, I never wrote anyone on this before. But I was looking for information about this very thing. You just described both of my boys, ages 2 and 4. My older boy is the exact same way with the non-conversation and "reciting" more than anything. My 2 year old is a joy to converse with. I was wondering if you had any luck yet. I did go through some evaluations, but they were more for speach and didn't seem very helpful since he got pretty high scores. I'll look right at him and ask him "would you like oatmeal or pancakes for breakfast today?" and he'll go off on some story about the frog jumping REALLY high and doing this and that. Very frustrating. I'll check back shortly. Thanks, Teresa
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He sounds like a wonderful smart little boy , remember all children grow and mature at different speeds . I think its a bit early to have him evaluated but if it would give you some piece of mind I would see if you can find a developmental pediatrician. They will be able to evaluate him for many different things. good luck :) avis
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