Hey everyone! I have a little boy that is almost 3. I have a few concerns about his development and need an unbiased opinion. My husband says I'm being ridiculous and I agree that I'm a worrier. I also have a young infant so I'm more stressed than usual and therefore, even more prone to worry.
My main concern is that he frequently walks on his toes. It started around 6 months ago (age 2.5) and coincided with the fall/winter so I at first I assumed he was just trying to avoid stepping on long pants after being used to shorts, but now it has become a habit. I would say he walks on his toes 30-40% of the time when we are at home. If we ask him to walk flat footed he will.
As to his other areas of development:
Verbally: Has some difficulty with "s" and "f" sounds, but otherwise speaks in 6-7 word sentences, has a large vocabulary and converses well with us (for an almost 3 year old). He was a late babbler (didn't start truly babbling until 11 months and then started with words), but has hit all other language milestones right when he should. He does sometimes repeat what we say.
Socially: He is a bit shy, but once he warms up to people he is fine. He likes to play with his cousins and little friends at preschool. Loves cars, trucks, trains and animals. He loves playing pretend. Can be somewhat rough with his cousin when they play and also enjoys poking at his new little sibling, but teacher says he has no problems with being too rough at school.
Physically: He's been average to the late end of average with gross motor milestones (i.e. walked at 13.5 months), but I've attributed this to just being cautious when trying new things. One thing he is not doing very well is jumping with two feet off the ground. I'm wondering if this could have something to do with the toe walking? His fine motor skills have always been ahead of scheudle.
Cognitively: Knows his colors, shapes, letters, most of his letter sounds. We are working on numbers, but he is not as interested in those as with letters, etc. He has been potty trained since he was 26 months old.
Behaviorly: Seems pretty typical. Listens ok when he wants to. He is a great eater and great sleeper. Some temper tantrums, but nothing out of control. In the past few weeks we've seen less tantrums and more anger being expressed verbally (i.e. "Go Bye-Bye Daddy, Go down the basement stairs." or "You are not nice anymore Mama.") Lovely. He is definitely into asserting his independence these days and is driving me a bit crazy with needing to do EVERYTHING himself. I'm not sure whether some of this is related to a new sibling though.
I know that toe walking can be a sign of being on the spectrum. I've taken assessment tests and other than the toe walking and the late babbling, I'm not seeing much else. Not repetitive behaviors, no lining up things. He's smiley and makes good eye contact. Maybe I'm missing something here though. Has anyone had much experience with toe-walking? Is it something that was your first sign something was wrong or just one sign of many? Thanks SO much.
Also, he has his 3 year appt in a few weeks so I will definitely bring up the toe walking with my dr. in case it is a physical issue.