Very worried. Is this autism/pddnos or something else? *Update*
My 3 year old is being evaluated by a preschool Thursday for special education services, and I am terrified they will say he is autistic.
He is 3 and has only a few words. Stop, no, go and mama. The rest is intelligible babble which he does 99% of the time. Whether he is playing with us or by himself he is constantly babbling and making noises.
He understands a lot of what you tell him and follows instructions but won't answer questions like "are you hungry"? By shaking his head. I think this is my fault for not asking enough questions though. But if he doesn't want to do something or doesn't want something you are giving him he shakes his head no.
He waves points, returns smiles, imitates, etc. He has good eye contact and like playing a game where I cover my face and each time I remove the cover my facial expression changes. He knows how to give high fives and fist bumps.
The thing is he is very hyperactive. He cannot sit still. He is constantly on the go. Running, jumping playing very loudly. He babbles to himself very loudly and is always squealing and laughing loudly while doing this. He likes to run a lot. Sometimes he will run back and forth through the living room and wont stop until he is asked to or he is out of breath. This is the only repetitive behavior he has.
He also likes to climb things. The stairs, furniture, etc. Once he used a crutch leaning against a bookshelf as a ladder to get some candy I put on the top. If he wants it he'll find a way to climb if I won't give it to him. I have read this is a symptom...
I'm worried because I read that hyperactivity combined with speech delays is almost always autism or pddnos...
But he does not seem to have sensory issues. He doesn't have a problem with any textures, sights or sounds or get upset at a change in routine or anything like that.
I don't know how he is socially. He has never been around a child his age and doesn't meet strangers often. Although when he does he doesn't seem to have issues with them. Sometimes he is overly friendly . He has tried to kiss strangers he meets.
I was worried he might have glue ear because he often acts like his right ear is itchy and sometimes he whines and holds it. He is also congested and breaths out of his mouth. His moth is always open so he drools.
But when I took him to his ped she said his ears looked fine. Plus as I said he follows instructions and responds to his name almost 100% of the time so I know he can hear...
When he wants something he leads me and his father to it, brings it to us or points.. is it possible this is a sensory process disorder or adhd. I was diagnosed with adhd when I was around his age.
Could his hyperactivity be caused by his inability to speak?