[LEFT]I've mentioned in the past about Hunter's speech delays. We got a referral to the early intervention program from his pediatrician in November and due to stomach bugs, colds, and the holidays we got started after the first of the year. After multiple meetings it was decided that he did qualify for services. We started with a developmental therapist in March/April and have been on the waiting list for speech therapy since then. A speech therapist was finally found for us, however they do not have any home appts available so Hunter is seen in the clinic. He had an evaluation two weeks ago and today was he second actual therapy appointment. The first session was just him screaming through the entire thing. At today's session their lead therapist (she's also the owner) told me that she thinks Hunter is on the Autism Spectrum. She just blurted it out to the therapist that was running the session while she was giving her Hunter's history. I just sat there stunned. She thought it was mentioned to us at the evaluation and then I told her I hadn't even seen the eval yet and that no one has mentioned autism before. She got me a copy of it and they think it would be helpful that he is seen by a developmental pediatrician that specializes in autism spectrum disorders. The only developmental ped here that fits that has a waiting list that is close to a year. She gave me contact information for a clinical neuropsychologist to make an appointment for Hunter. They do think he may have apraxia which from what I've researched I kind had a feeling was where we were headed. And from what I've been reading apraxia and autism have a lot in common.
I have been keeping this off of FB and plan to continue doing so. DH is having major issues with all of this right now and refuses to believe any of it and gets very defensive. He also thinks that everyone blames him (since he's a SAHD) which is not true in any way, shape or form. Apraxia is a neurological disorder and there is nothing that we could have done.