My son is two (just turned 24 months), vibrant, curious, beyond happy, strong, a great eater and sleeper, fully of love, hugs and kisses and laughter, plays soccer with me, has a sense of humour.....
He has a speech delay. So we went on the waiting list and we are now seeing a speech therapist. (we live in Canada)
He doesn't communicate as well as he apparently should, he only "brings" toys to show me if he wants me to fix something or if he wants me to read him a book (which is often - he loves books the most)
He repeats what I say, but often doesn't know the meaning. He is starting to understand the meaning of many things, I can tell. The Speech Therapist said this is echolalia, and isn't a normal way to develop language. She said its a bad sign and we should see a developmental psychologist to be assessed for delays and autism. I have been looking on the net and found many articles on echolalia saying while this could be a sign of a bigger issue, it could also be normal for some toddlers at 24 months
I have read so much on autism and done the Mchat test online so many times, and always comes up the same - he is very "low risk" for autism
He has no autistic characteristics that I can see, no hand flapping, he makes great eye contact, smiles when smiled at, responds to his name, loves cuddling and hugging, he has no repetative movements, he has always babbled, he pretends to talk on the phone, pushes cars, builds with lego.
He like other kids (smiles) but doesn't interact with kids. The daycare said he has improved a great deal and continues to learn and improve, but they do say he is different from the other kids and he gets frustrated when they change activities. They say he only likes certain toys. They also said he is very happy and the most gentle child in the daycare
I am really really devastated that the Speech Therapist told us to seek an assesment by a Psychologist. We will do it, but I am still so sad (just as a side note, she doesn't remember his name - Max - she calls him Alex, and said we should stop him from lining up toys - he doesn't ever do that...)
I feel in my heart that there is nothing "wrong" with my child. I am his mom, could a mom be so blind?
The only developmental delay I can find online is autism. Are there any other delays besides this? Nothing adds up with Autism with my little guy
Thank you for listening.....