A little bit before my last post on my kindness project, I took Henry for his normal well check-up at the pediatricians office. I was a little anxious because we were trying out a new pediatrician and I knew Henry wasn't progressing as much as he needed to be with walking and talking, I was thinking he was just a little bit behind. I thought they could give some advice to help him catch up and that I'd work on it with him at home.
It wasn't the case.
The poor doctor didn't know how to tell me my child wasn't a little bit behind, he was really behind. It turned out to be the longest well visit we've ever had only because she started to talk about options and had me fill out several forms to help me explain where Henry was in his development. Then options were discussed about calling the county office to enroll Henry in their Infant and Toddler Connection program and get him evaluated from there.
And then I dropped everything and my life turned into research, calling specialists, learning more about Henry's condition, visiting therapists, getting other tests done and making sure we were doing everything we could.
The bright side? Henry is a happy baby. He always has been so there was no question on his overall health and happiness. Just something in his little mind hasn't quite formed like it should.
The other bright side? Early intervention in any form can only be helpful. There's no denying that he's behind. There's no question that he doesn't talk, point, or know how to communicate. He just doesn't and we're learning how to teach him those basic skills.
What do we do from here? Simply start. Start therapy, start working with him in the mornings on not therapy days, start going to a toddler class to get more interaction, start setting aside specific playtime (because his days can't all be work) and then keep going.
What everyone is afraid to say and after extensive reading on the subject, Henry is showing the signs of early autism.
This is now our new journey.