Saturday, January 30, 2010
He is big like little baby dinosaur!! Not official but I did a pretty decent weigh and measure on him yesterday and it seems he's well and truly on the charts! He's about 15th centile for height and 20th% for weight. That's a giant (pardon the pun) leap for a tot who until recently didn't even scrape into the 3rd percentile for height and was barely touching the 10th for weight.
Developmentally he's quite far behind. In fact if I check him against the DSM IV he'd get a diagnosis of ASD but I just don't think that's our issue. His gross motor skills seem fine but he staggers a lot, like he has no balance and he can't run yet but I'm not sure at what age that usually comes. But he can climb and conquer any piece of furniture in the house! He has hyperacusis (Over sensitive hearing) which Luke also suffers from. It's a pain, there are noises everywhere and they all make him scream in fear.
Language, both receptive and expressive are far behind. He doesn't talk, at all, and he doesn't seem to understand instructions or much of what we are saying to him. He can't do any "Show me your foot/eyes/nose," etc and can't follow simple instructions like, "Go and get your shoes," or, "Where is the book?" But he does love it when I sing to him or when Darling Husband plays guitar. It seems music is his thing.
His fine motor skills are also very far behind. He still hasn't developed a pincer grip, can't self feed, has trouble drinking even from a sippy cup and refuses to hold a pencil or any kind of writing implement.
We have a stack of tests and specialist appointments coming up in the next three weeks. I have lost all hope that they'll ever find what's wrong with him but we will definitely be needing early intervention so I will go along and get the appropriate paper work filled out.
(Woops, sorry bout the sideways pic!)