I posted on here at the start of the year about concerns that my son may be autistic.
He turned 3 two days ago and it’s been a busy year so far. He now has a portage worker, an occupational therapist, a paediatrician, a speech and language therapist, an intensive interaction therapist, a dietician and starting next week, a sleep therapist.
He has two older sisters, who are great with him, and he is a really lovely lad. He is starting to make eye contact with people now, especially people that he likes, and has a vocabulary of maybe 50 words now, although he doesn’t really use the words in any conventional context.
He made me cry last week when he started to say his own name. He can’t work out how to ask for things though, but we have a pin board in the kitchen of all of his favourite foods, and he brings a card to us when he wants particular items.
He hasn’t shown much interest in making any friends yet, and is quite involved in his own world. I can’t blame him either, it looks like so much fun. Just before bedtime, he gets his silly head on , and spins around in circles in the kitchen, laughing uncontrollably as everything whizzes past his eyes. It’s probably the favourite part of my day.
He starts in a nursery for 15 hours a week after Christmas, where they will be very well set up to cater for his needs. And 10 hours of that time will be with 1 on 1 care. The care and attention he has received from the therapists has been unbelievable, and we are so grateful to them all.
Anyway, not sure what relevance any of this is to the OP, but I felt like it typing anyway!