I think we've belonged over here for awhile, I just haven't been able to move past the lurked stage.
I'm Amanda, stay at home
therapist mommy of two. My oldest (3 1/2) is diagnosed with Classic Autism Spectrum Disorder, and my youngest (18m) currently says maybe 3 sound-words (aa sounds means 'help', ss means yes, ss ss means sit) and is showing some autistic traits, but he doesn't seem quite as obsessive as his brother and often is polar opposite (sensory seeking rather than avoidance). We're unsure at this point whether we will be sending him for testing regarding autism.
It's a whirlwind around here between the two of them, our four specialized therapists, community aid, early intervention, therapy playgroups, and Patrick starting school in 3 weeks (special Ed/early education). but I'm sure you ladies are all too familiar with that havoc. Haha!
Trying to stay on the brighter side, but I have to admit to feeling a little overwhelmed with the possibility of our youngest being diagnosed. Patrick was always.... It was no surprise for us at all, to say the least. He feels everything all the time and he can't shut it off or tone it down. Daniel was everything I thought a normal baby should be until around 9-10 months or so, then the anxiety started and he lost a whole slew of words, foods became problematic whereas before he would eat anything and everything. I feel like I'm losing him sometimes.
Anyway, getting a bit ranty and sidetracked. Mostly I just wanted to say hi, so.... Ya know, hi. Haha. I look forward to getting to know you ladies.