3 year old sensory seeker with no speech
I have a 3 and a half year old little boy who is a textbook sensory seeker, and is extremely delayed in his speech and cognitive abilities.
He has some symptoms of autism, but the autism specialist we took him to was reluctant to get him fully evaluated until he is 4, since she could already tell that he doesn't exactly match up with autism, and thinks he may be more accurately diagnosed if we wait. I am thinking he may be diagnosed with either SPD or PDD NOS at that time.
He is extremely active (especially with his constant jumping), and he doesn't follow directions well, but he is affectionate with his family and gives pretty good eye contact. I know he is cognitively delayed but it is difficult to determine how delayed, because of the type of kid he is. (i.e., he understands more than he sometimes lets on.) He does not imitate sounds or actions much at all.
His only word that he uses consistently and appropriately is "ball", which he excitedly points out whenever possible. But he also babbles frequently, which I have heard is a good sign for speaking sometime in the future.
I was wondering if anyone else has encountered a little one like my son. I feel that he does not fit into any diagnostic categories very well. From all that I have read about sensory seekers, extreme speech delay does not seem to be especially common with them.
We currently have my son going to a special needs preschool where he gets speech and OT, private speech and OT, and also ABA-based music therapy. But he does not seem to be improving much in the area of communication. I feel that none of the professionals I take him to know exactly what to do with him, since he does not match up very well with what they have seen before.
Just wondering if anyone has seen this "type of kid" before, and what might help him that I am not already doing...