Hello ladies! I just joined this group today, I wasn't aware CM had one. But I feel I should give any of you struggling some encouragement.
At my daughter's 3 year old check up it had become very obvious she was behind. She wasn't speaking, she had no "safety awareness" (as they called it), she was really awkward in social settings. She panicked and cried a lot. Her doctor sent us for testing at a local medical school for children. Words like "autism" and"developmental delay"were thrown around, amoung others and by the time we left I was terrified. My daughter failed both the occupational and speech tests miserably, and I was told within the next year as the psychical test got harder, she would probably not pass it either.
So here I am with my 3 year old who is my whole world, and I feel like I did something wrong. We had given her bad genes, I didn't encourage her enough. So she started school at this medicial school for children with developmental delays where she recieved daily speech and occupational therapy. Within SIX MONTHS my baby girl was talking, and keeping up with the other kids. She started trying other foods. She didn't cry near as much. Within a year to a year and a half, she was released from the program because she no longer needed their help.
That same little girl who didn't talk, that couldn't make eye contact with you, that wouldn't eat, that cried everytime she left anywhere is in pre-k now. A regular school with all the other kids. She is not only keeping up but excelling! So keep your heads up Mommas, it does get better and there is hope.