Hi all my son is nearly 2. He has no verbal words he struggles to socialise with people and make eye contact. He seems to be in his own world a lot of the time. We have been referred to peadiatric dr who referred him to the midlands physchology autism team we have had a letter today saying they don’t think he is ready for them as still could be global development delay we just want some help support advise on how to help him progress and seem to be hitting a brick wall. Has anyone been in this position? Is there any help tips advice anyone can think of please? Desperate to help him reach his potential
My son is now 32 and we were told he had global developmental delay and we always thought he would catch up so if he was a few years behind he would catch up.That didn’t happen though.It is only recently that I realise that Global Developmental delay was an actual diagnosis.There is nothing you can do to help but just give him the love and support you would normally but for longer.Things take time my son didn’t talk for a while but now there seems no stopping him.There are systems that may help.The National Portage scheme and ? Montessori schools. We were helped by Portage which is a system of teaching smmall steps towards a bigger goal but sometimes starting from the end result.For example if putting socks on is difficult as a teacher you would start with getting him to pull his socks on from the heel up his leg after you had put socks on his foot and over the heel.
My son Thomas has poor coordination and we use elasticated waist trousers because he cant manage zips,velcro shoes because he cant manage laces and he uses spoons and fork because he cant manage a knife(not got the strength to cut hard meat up) Thomas is enjoying playing cricket with the Somerset Disabled Cricket Team all of whom are very supportive.
You will need to take things as they come and not expect too much too soon When the time comes a speech therapist may help, occupational therapist may help and a specialist nursery school called an Opportunity Group if there is one in your town area. Enjoy the childhood years.My son is good to talk to and we go out on some enjoyable day trips with our local Mencap Society.As someone once said there are 3 of us in our marriage!. Best wishes May be take videos and then you can compare the slow achievements.
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