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    Old 04-10-2008, 09:47 AM   #1
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    22 month old still not talking

    I have a 22 month old. She babbles but doesnt talk. She does say momma finally, she has repeated words in the past but she doesnt communicate. She also has tempter tantrums to the point I cant take her out much because she gets too figity and starts screaming. She is very independent and never likes to be in her stroller or have anyone stop her from doing what she wants to do.

    She is very lovable with me and there is some eye contact, but my husband tells me he never gets any eye contect frm her. her doctor has put her on a dairy free diet, but I cant say I see any improvements. He never has DX her with autism but I believe he thinks that what she has.

    I have been researching and to me I think she probably is autisic. I am new to all this and I have a 6 week old who as soon as I deleiver she was making eye contact with me and already she is smiling. This is when I realzied I have a problem with the 22 month old.

    Her doctor isn't really giving us any advise as what we should do except he just tells us to wait see.

    Should I be concerned and looking to get some help for her on my own or take the advise of her doctor?

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    Old 04-10-2008, 10:49 AM   #2
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    Re: 22 month old still not talking

    It's my own experience that unless there is something obviously wrong, your doctor will keep taking the "wait and see" view. My son was not doing much speaking either at 22 months. He maybe had 5 words at 2 yrs of age. At 15 months? we took him to get a hearing test, because he was not responding to his name most of the time.. although he did obviously hear, because he responded immediately to music on the tv. His doctor kept telling me (despite my worries- and I have a young cousin with Autism, so I was already familiar with it) that he just needed time to catch up, there was nothing obviously wrong with him, etc. It was only after I prodded and pushed, that she referred us to a county program designed to help children under the age of 3. They came out and did an evaluation, and that led to us getting help.

    You need to act now. Waiting is never a good idea. Autism can be a scary thing - even if you believe that is what is wrong with your child, it's never easy to get the official diagnosis. However, when you get the ball rolling early, have your child assessed, it not only gets them the help they need NOW, but it makes you feel better as a parent for listening to your gut.

    Old 04-11-2008, 05:46 AM   #3
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    I would call your pediatrician today and ask for a referral for a developmental pediatrician and for a speech pathologist. The first step for us was having my son's speech evaluated. They will test the speech and cognitive abilities. Once you know the degree of the delay and what your child's strengths and weaknesses are you can formulate a plan to help your child. Wait and see is the worst thing you can do. If your child has autism there is only a very small window to help them.

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    Old 04-12-2008, 09:16 AM   #4
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    I agree with the previous post completely. As I have said many times on this board, my gs is not autistic but SID and thus has problems with some sensory issues. Socially and verbally he is fine, but a little shy in new situations.

    His pedia was the WORST person to go to for advice because he also said "wait and see".

    One thing wrong was my gs hearing. He had so much gunk in his ears from ear infections --Every spoken word or sound sounded to him like he was under water---

    At 15 months he had surgery for this...Once this was cleared and he had tubes, his talking took off and he never looked back.

    You see, once they can hear what is being said the ears will function at top level.

    if your child is not speaking in short sentences at two, have his hearing checked by an ENT surgeon.

    Once your child is in therapy many things will develop at odd rates, even eye contact---because the brain insists on doing "everything" ---even if out of order. A child does not make eye contact because of anxiety. that is the only reason. It is not because of a lack of love. Making eye contact is very frightening for some people.

    Do not delay getting OT for your child. Believe me when I tell you that your child will make eye contact.

    An expert in SID diagnosed my gs at 11 months as a "sensory kid". We had never heard of such a thing, but there are even books on the subject. Who knew, right?

    Call Early Childhood Intervention and also go to specialists in this field. A pediatrician is fine for colds, flu and ear infections but for this you need special help.

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    Old 05-13-2008, 11:07 PM   #5
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    Re: 22 month old still not talking

    Being a Mother gives you the best natural instincts, so please listen to them. I have an 11 year old Aspergers son, and my 2 1/2 year old has just been diagnosed Autistic. He is not talking yet either although he copies the TV and responds immediately to music. He's very visual and recognises symbols. He does give eye contact to myself and my husband for short periods, but out of the home compounds he is in his own world and doesnt even respond to his name. Im not sure where you live but I am fortunate in Australia to have early intervention and plenty of support avenues. Best of luck and trust your instincts
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