I have a wonderful two year old precious son. He turned three on Halloween. He has big brown eyes, curly brown hair and a wonderful smile. He loves his baby, his big sister (mostly) and his family. He especially loves Choo Choos, balls, bubbles, animals, and swimming in the pool. He also has some special challenges.
When you find out that you are pregnant you start imagining your baby. You wonder what they will look like, what kind of person they will be and what the future will hold. Then they are born and if you’re lucky, they hand you this chubby little perfect person. Two of the absolute truths that I have learned are there are no guarantees in life and there is no handbook for parenting. Especially if that sweet little person isn’t developing “typically”.
We first began to notice that something was different when he was about 18 months old. At 13 months R3’s first word was “all done.” We were so happy and felt pretty excited that his first word was in fact, two! Then…nothing. No more words for months. He wasn’t even really saying mommy and daddy. With my background, (I have a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education) I knew something was off. I contacted our local Infant and Toddlers Program for him to be evaluated. He qualified for speech services and we began our journey.
We hope, as all parents must who are facing similar situations, that he will grow out of it. We hope that one day he will learn to relate to his peers in a typical way, that he will have words like they do, that I won’t constantly feel like everyone is looking at him because he is different.