So, what happened next? Well, once we realized that Aaron’s speech and language were not developing in a timely manner, we started with testing to see what was going on. Between the ages of 18 months to 4, Aaron was tested a few times and given speech/language delay diagnoses. He also had difficulties with tying his shoes, buttoning his clothes and handwriting. To aid in his acquisition of these skills, Aaron had occupational therapy in home and in his day care. When he turned 3, according to NC educational guidelines, he started receiving special education services in the form of attending our local child developmental center, where we met Molli Rose. She was instrumental in helping Aaron’s development and the first educator I cried with when it was time for Aaron to go to Pre-K. His speech still had not returned, but his other skills had improved.
Paul and I felt strongly that despite his challenges, Aaron should participate in whatever activities were available for his age range. He played tee ball for a few years, until the bugs became too much for him (children on the Spectrum often suffer sensory issues; Aaron can’t stand for bugs to buzz in his ear!).
Don’t be afraid to get your child tested if you see issues. And don’t be afraid to have your child participate in activities with other children. Plan ahead and make concessions for whatever issues they may have. Trust me, enjoy them while you can. You will blink and your baby will be grown!!