Call it intuition, but I have had the feeling for a little while that my little Kellan just wasn't coming along properly in his speech development. Everyone told me he was "fine" and that I shouldn't worry, but what mother doesn't worry? We took him to the pediatrician today and he confirmed that Kellan would need speech therapy, and that....and this one was a blow.....he should be screened for autism as a precaution. As the appointment went on the Dr indicated that he was not really concerned about him having autism, but that the questionnaire we answered posed a few red flags, like the fact that he does not respond to his own name, and that at 2 he does not communicate his needs to us beyond 1 word commands. Everyone has always commented about how he is a little bit "in his own world." He has been coming out of his shell recently, and the Dr reassured me (after he saw tears welling up in my eyes) that many children receive a diagnosis that with treatment goes away, even autism...and then repeated that he was not as concerned that Kellan had autism but wanted to get him the necessary intervention.
Obviously I am overwhelmed with emotions. Part of me is relieved, and I keep retelling myself in my own head that I knew it...I knew it...something wasn't right, but now that I know I am concerned and worried....and pretty much just want to cry. I started searching out things on the internet and then stopped because is was scaring me too much.
I will keep everyone updated on how his evaluation turns out and where we go from there. Prayers are always appreciated.