My son is 3 1/2 years old. He was born by emergency c-section at 34 weeks, and the pediatrician told me then that he may have developmental delays. He was right. My son spoke his first words at eight months (DA DA), but little to nothing after that until he was about sixteen months. We thought he may have had a hearing deficit as he did not respond when his name was called (at 18 months). Lots of wax removed, hearing was assessed and deemed normal. No improvement. He had poor eye contact, was and is very picky with his foods, and some other eccentric things like only drinking out of specific cups and rejecting a cup if he doesn't like it, even if it has a drink he likes in it. Since he was 2 1/2, he has had at least four assessments, the last being two weeks ago. One partially trained "speech therapist" declared him autistic. His pediatrician says he was speech delayed, the psychologist said he is on the autism spectrum (seems to me every body is being dumped into that category) and his most recent speech language [pathologist said he has a communication delay. At 3 1/2, very rare two word groupings; can identify most things by word; plays well with his sister and sometimes with the other children at pre-school, but seems to prefer to play to himself; knows his alphabet but will not say 's' words, including six and seven; most other numbers to 25 ok; knows colours and shapes and animal sounds, but sometimes won't name the animal...just make the sound it makes. He is very affectionate, quick to hug especially if he sees any one crying; picky eater. I am at a loss. speech therapy had been three times weekly at thirty minute sessions but it seemed most of that time was spent settling him in and singing the same songs I did with him at home, so I stopped this after nine months. I am at a loss. PLEASE HELP. What is wrong with my son? WHat else can i do to help him?
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.