I'm writing as a new member, looking to share our story and to get some feedback. At 2 yrs old, my son entered early intervention for a speech delay. At 3, we decided to place him in a pre-school disabled class, where it was recommended that he receive speech, OT and PT. I definitely agree that he needs speech therapy, but I never would've thought he'd need OT or PT. But I thought, it won't hurt, so why not. Looking at him, he appears to be a normal 4 yr old, but it's evident that when he speaks and interacts w/ others, he has a problem. The problems include comprehension of instruction, focus, memory, and processing. Also, we just increased his OT because we feel he may have some sensory issues as well. Our son's speech therapist thinks he may have a processing disorder and some word finding difficulties. Although he now speaks in full sentences, his words are sometimes jarbled, and he also has difficulty articulating certain sounds. Socially, he interacts well with his peers, and he is generally a loving, happy child. I do notice that he does better in smaller settings or in 1 on 1 situations. For example, we signed him up for T-ball, and he was like a whole different child, all over the place and not able to focus on the game. It's almost like he became over-stimulated in that environment. Academically, he's progressing, but at a slow pace. He knows all his colors and shapes, but he still mixes up his letters. We haven't worked on numbers as much, so he needs practice with them. It seems though w/ repetition that he can grasp concepts. It just takes him time to learn new things. Sometimes, we find he forgets a concept, so we have to repeat it until we feel it has clicked. Overall, he has come a long way since we first started. He continues to receive speech, OT (for fine motor and possible sensory issues), and PT (to help increase his muscle tone, which is considered to be in the low normal to normal range). It's just frustrating for me as a parent not knowing what's going on w/ my son, and what the future holds for him. I've done a lot of research, and I've sought out advice from professionals and other parents, but no one can give me any answers. They all tell me he's too young to officially diagnose. Does anyone know anything about processing disorders or have a child that is going through a similar experience? Is this a disorder that could lead to further issues? I've read that children w/ APD can also develop dyslexia? Also, I wonder if my son is just a slow learner. He seems smart, but he just has trouble when it comes to grasping certain concepts at the same time as other children his age. If any of you share a similar story, please reply. Thank you so much!
Sincerely, concerned mom