Worried Father

Hello all,


My 21 month old son has a problem eating solid food. The only thing he eats is pureed food.That is the main purpose of us going to a speech and swallow therapist.

A little background on my family. My wife of almost 9 years is schizophrenic. She has her paranoid episodes at least twice a week. Anyone familiar with them will know about it. Trust me it requires a ton of patience and strength to deal with it.

Back to my son now. He is my life. He seldom maintains an eye contact with anyone. Just a fleeting glance. He eats only pureed food and that too with certain kind of music which he likes.

He does not utter a word. He does not like toys much. He has not started pointing fingers at things he wants. When you call his name he ignores most of the times. When we take him to doctors visit he cries thru and thru.

Besides this he seems to be a happy child. He never cries when we bathe him. He is sharp,observant and alert. The speech therapist thinks its a sensory disorder and wants us to evaluate him by occupational therapist and pediatric neurologist.That has scared both my wife and me.

Any input folks?

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Sep 02, 2009
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Great Daddy
by: Anonymous

What a wonderful father you are to worry and care so much about your son. He is definitely in good hands with you. From the symptoms you mentioned, I would definitely take him in to be evaluated. A lot of those symptoms sound like Autism. And if your son does have Autism, then the sooner he can be properly helped the better. I know many kids that when diagnosed and helped early were still able to go to regular schools and such. Kudos to you for being a great daddy and God bless!

Mar 30, 2009
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Go now daddy!
by: Anonymous

Hi, First of all I just wanted to share that I'm sorry that your son is struggling. Our children are like our hearts existing outside of our bodies we are in agony when things don't go as they should. The good news is if you get him to see a specialist now he is at the best age to make the most progress.

Don't wait out of fear of a diagnosis that you don't want to hear. I found that getting into the "fight" of making sure my daughter got what she needed was a much better feeling than waiting and watching. He really needs you now! Take notes, mention things to your pediatrician however small, that are bothering you, don't be placated by a Dr. that's not really hearing you, and lastly but most important go with your gut. You already have nagging suspicions so your instinct is good. trust it.

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