My name is Tricia and I am new to this support group. My son's name is Sean, he is 4 yrs old. When he was 3 yrs old I noticed that he was unlike the other children. It took me a bit longer than most because Seany is my only and my friends mostly have no kids. Needless to say I had almost no one to compare him to except my best friends prodigy daughter. She is so far ahead of the game that there is no comparison. I had him evaluated through my local public elementary school. I was angry that my former pediatrician had not hinted toward this earlier. I always felt rushed in and out with very little discussion. All they ever asked is if he says Mama and Dada, stuff like that. Sean did say those types of things. In fact at three he had about 50 or so words and a few 2 word phrases. After all the evaluations were done I was told that Sean had speech delay. I was told by a neurologist that although Sean is not autistic that he was putting in his paper work that he is "in the spectrum." He explained that in doing this Sean would receive all the benefits and help the school has to offer. He then reassured me that this prognosis could change in six months. So Sean man started school in Feb 08. He seems to be doing well. I have not seen too much improvement with his speech. I do notice him trying harder to say words and some of his babble has started to sound a bit like words. They did help him with his mouth sensory issue. He is chewing and swallowing better. He used to pocket his food. So he only had a few months of school before summer vacation then summer school started. We are trying. My problem is I think they are all wrong. I don't think he is autistic. I don't believe he knows everything and just can't express it. I think he is very behind for his age because he can not sit still long enough to do anything. I try to read to him and he is there for two seconds and gone. I bought all sorts of flash cards to do with him and he won't sit long enough. The only time my child is not running, jumping, or climbing is when he is sleeping. I think ADHD is rearing it's ugly head here. Can anyone relate to this?? My head is swimming trying to figure out how to help my son.
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