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Hi! My name is Stephanie. I have 2 sons a year old named Anthony and a Aiden who will be on June 4th. This year was Anthony's first year of school. He started kindergarten and had some trouble. As he was younger we noticed that he seemed nervous around others, but were always told oh he's just shy, he'll outgrow it. He learned to walk at 13 months which isn't too far off, but he had trouble talking and with his speech. His talking didn't really start blossoming until he was about 2 1/2 to 3 years. He's in a speech class at his school that concentrates on speaking with his peers. One thing I've noticed about my son since he started school is when other kids talk to him he just stares as if they don't exist. I've notice kids saying hi Anthony, but he never says anything back or even looks at them. His teacher has concerns with him being unable to communicate to her or the teachers aid that he needs help on assignment. His teacher also made the comment that his fine motor skills are not where they need to be. He had trouble using the mouse to the computer when starting school, cutting with sissors, and he's still using the fat pencil to do his assignments. Her suggestions to me were to have him roll hot wheels cars, play with playdoh, and buid with legos all of which he already does. As the end of the year was approaching his teacher mentioned to me that he was unable to compose a short sentence when writing. My husband and I made the choice recently to retain Anthony in kindergarten again next year in hopes that he'll be able to improve his social skills to where he needs to be. After talking to his teacher and discussing the issues he was having we decided to take Anthony to his pediatrician to have him evaluated for a possible learning disability. We had some blood work done, and EEG to ensure he was not having childhood siezures since they can appear to be staring if they have those and we are scheduled to meet with the psychologist on June 13th. Some other things that I've noticed and been taking notes on before we have him evaluated that might be part of his disorder are he has lots of trouble staying on task at school and when he gets homework I feel as if I am constantly getting on him to finish. I've tried moving his desk to different locations and made sure there are not distractions, but he'll stare off into space and I am constantly having to get on him about finishing. Also he's very picky about textures of food. Some things he doesn't like the textures too, not necessarily that taste. When I took him to the fall festival this year at his school he seemed scared. He'll try to hide behind me or insist that he doesn't want to go down the slides or participate in the activities. I'm hoping whatever he gets dianosed with they'll try to work on nonmedicated ways to help him before resorting to medicine. If any of you have any suggestions they'd be appreciated. Thanks for listening ladies and I'm sorry this post was so long.