My son Liam will be two next week. Holy Crap.
As I mentioned earlier he has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS. We started the journey to get a diagnosis when we realized that at 15 months he didn’t have any words. He was vocal but not verbal. That boy could babble like nobody’s business but he never said words.
We decided to have him evaluated by our local Early Intervention Office. They very quickly agreed that he needed services and got us going with Liam’s ITDS. We see her once a week. They also have us see a Speech Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist 1x a month. This was before Liam had his diagnosis so I am hoping when we have his re-evaluation with EI we can get more services.
We called and got on the waiting list to see the Developmental Pediatrician at our local CARD office. Liam was seen and evaluated at 20 months. They told us that he was on the Severe end of PDD-NOS due to his lack of language. His Visual Spatial Skills (problem solving) were right on track with his age group but his Receptive Language skills (ex: the inner monologue you have to tell you something is a bad idea) were that of a 9 month old. They want us to come back every 6 months for the next few years for him to be evaluated again because of the huge gap in his skill set.
There has been progress though in the last few months!
We have several signs that Liam has learned “please”, “more”, “candy” and we are also doing very well with “cracker” and “cookie”. He is very motivated by food. He has gotten much better at responding when his name is called, which was a huge problem.
We also have heard him vocally repeat words while in therapy. He has repeated “in”, “up”, “down” and “beep beep” while playing in a huge fire truck on the playground.
So we know he is capable, we just have to keep on trying until he has his light bulb moment. I absolutely believe it will come!