I'm new to the group. I'm not even sure if i belong in this group, but I didn't know where else to turn for answers.
My daughter is 3 1/2 years old. She's extremely stubborn. So, until now I've brushed some things off.
She's not talking full sentences like she should. I'm starting to notice sometimes she can't answer questions.
She uses one or two words at a time. If you ask her to go get a book or her clothes, she will. If you ask her which show she wants to watch. She looks like she's thinking and then she'll say "a show". Then she'll start getting upset. She does know the names of them because she will randomly ask for certain ones during the day. She does say a few phrases like "i can't see" and "i got you". She was actually talking early but it seems she hasn't progressed enough. We do flash cards with her, read to her and talk to her a lot. She knows her numbers and letters by sight but not the order. We had to push her some because she was calling everything "this" & "that" when trying to talk. Now when she's telling us something we might we one or two real words and everything else is still "this & that". She doesn't name her stuffed animals or tell stories.
Should I give it more time or should I be taking action?
She's always been above average on the physical skills. She's been potty trained for about a year with the occasional accidents (still struggeling with nights though). She's very happy & laughs a lot. I know she's a very smart girl. I know she understands a lot of things......but there is still so much she doesn't understand. Halloween is coming up again and she still doesn't understand picking out a costume to wear.
I took her to her pedi. when she was 2 because her anxiety was real bad. He brushed me off. Said she'd probably grow out of it but gave me a number to a therapist. Everywhere I called they said they wouldn't see her until she was 3. I didn't pursue anymore because she still isn't talking enough. Some of her anxieties are better but not all. I still can't leave her with any family or sitters. She only stays with me or SO. She has gotten better about wanting to play with other kids (and even asks to go play) but still has to "warm up" to them. I take her to stores, the zoo, the park and the library. So, she's gotten better about not being as freaked out by strangers but still shys away if they talk to her and gets upset if they touch her. She doesn't even like family members to talk to her or touch her. She gets uncomfortable if they stare. I was VERY shy as a kid and didn't talk to some family members but don't think i was quite this bad.
Not sure if i'm just worrying over nothing or if my child truly needs help.