My second child, Gabe, has had a very significant speech delay. When he was two we had hearing tested, and he was placed into speech therapy. Now at age 5, his speech is still very delayed. We just moved and he is now with a new school speech therapist. He has other delays, but they are most likey directly linked to his speech.. He is a very intelegant little boy, very loving, social, and expressive. He has had 3 peds, and all have said, they don't know why he would be so delayed, but that he does not send up the "autism flag" as one ped put it. With his last speech evaluation he was given the same test that they gave over a year ago. He remebered the test... word for word. She asked the first question, and not only did he know the test answer, but he also could tell her what the next question was. We have allways known that he has a excellent visual memory, for instance, give him a puzzle and let him look a the picture for a min, then take the picture away and just leave the peices, and he can place the peices where they belong without the picture referance. He does't look for the outer peices and work inward like most kids, he pics up a peice looks at it, and lays it in front on him like he was just matching it to the picture.
His speech therapist said that in all her years, she has never seen a child with such visual memory skills. And that while its a cool skill, the extreme highs in some skills, while sever lows in others indicates to her that he may be high functioning autism. We will take her recommendation to his ped... once we find a new one. But I am lost. I just don't know what to think. Will his speech improve, will this always be a struggle for him? To be honest, I don't think him being diagnosed with autism would bother me... but its his speech that worries me. Will he ever be able to communicate. He plays well with his peers, but he tries so hard to communicate with them, and they can't understand most of what he says. It breaks my heart to hear him say things like "I'm sad, no one likes me" (course its not as clear as that). And everyone loves him, when I take him to school, all his class mates are always wanting to get his attention and say hello... he even has this cute little girl that gives him a hug every morning.
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