I'm an aunt to a beautiful little girl... who has some serious problems.
shes never been a normal baby. when she was born my brother and sister-in-law were living with us but moved out shortly after. from the start, shes never really done things that a normal child does. she wouldnt suckle.
getting older we found that she would refuse most foods. she never copies what everyone around her is doing. she doesnt speak. she babbles and plays by herself, and once in a while we think we might hear a word, but shell never repeat it again. sometimes shes even mean to animals. she doesnt play with other children, or even with us. shell watch us do something and laugh, but will never follow suit. she seems to be learning at a very slow pace.
the worst of the situation is that her parents are in denial. they were both extremely young when they had her. we've told them to take her to a doctor, and they say they have but i'm his younger sister and i think they might be lying to shut the family up. ive watched him do it time and time again in the past. he said that the doctor said shes only 8 months behind. i'm a psychology student and have taken enough developmental courses to know shes farther behind than that.
i have a few theories that could be possible. her mother had to have an emergency c-section during birth and she may have suffered from lack of oxygen. her mother also didnt eat very well while pregnant, so it could be malnutrition (she continues to only live off of very unnutritional foods).
my mom is so lost
we have no control over what goes on because they live so far and they wont deal with the problem.
so i need advice please!! has anyone else seen this type of condition any what can we do to help her?? she will have to go to school soon. if CFS sees her, im sure theyll take her away. negligence to get her help is still negligence.