I have created this blog for the sole purpose of finding out what theories out there work--to help my little boy reach his potential. Some say you can reverse autism. And it's worth a shot, so I am using this blog as a documentary to show what works for me. So I can stick with the good and not worry about the rest.
Eli is 4 years old & his speech development is delayed. Last year he got diagnosed with PDD-NOS. But unfortunately, I blew it off. I felt for sure that Eli was an "average Joe"--who would be spitting out sentences any day. But after some little events & then having Parent Teacher Conference with his current preschool teacher--she let me know that Eli is autistic. Not that you should always trust a teacher--but I already had the diagnose from a psychiatrist & this teacher has worked with kids like Eli that her words sunk in deep & they felt right. (We will still get another diagnose for Eli soon to get more official second opinions/advice, etc.)
Luckily, I already had him in Early Intervention for his speech development since he was 2 1/2 years old. And all the help from that program has been amazing! He enjoys going to preschool 4 days a week & meets with a speech therapist once a week at the school. Right now his speech capability is limited to easy words. Words that have 2 syllables are harder to say. Most of his vocabulary includes the things he loves & needs. Such as cars, books, watch, milk, water, apple, & carrots. He hardly ever speaks in sentences and definitely never paragraphs. None of his speech is creative or pretend. He still does "jar-jar" talk--when he wants to tell you something besides the regular needs/wants.
Right now I am in the transition of a gluten-free & dairy-free diet. Occupational Therapy to start in January. Thanks to those who have given me names & advice to help me on this journey. I love my little boy--and love his sweet spirit. If anyone has recommendations or knowledge in this area-please drop a comment.
I have more thoughts--But I have been enjoying going to bed early & rising early. So night world!