Thanks for all the replies, much appreciated. I have booked DD in to see the Child health nurse next week. You have spurred me on to do it as I wasn't happy to wait like my GP wanted I would go mad waiting till late January.
QUOTE (Duffy29 @ 01/12/2010, 04:18 PM)
MissMeow. Our consistent reply to questions like yours is to check it out and if possible do not delay - no matter what your concern or area of note is
Go and see your maternal and child health nurse (or equivalent) and ask for a developmental assessment. It might be called a Bridgance Screen or she might use a different one.
The benefit of this is that the screen will report on observations, not opinions or "this is what I think".
Developmental screens are checked accross thousands of thildren without developmental delays, typically they won't diagnose anything, but they will detect areas for futher investigation.
Some children who have no developmental issues will be late talkers, but for children with developmental issues the speech can be a symptom/feature of an underlying condition.
Further, as all of us with children with disabilities can attest to, the diagnosis process can be long, and getting into services even longer. This is why we typically suggest to start asking questions early. Do not take a "wait and see" approach without there being a clear reason for this - and you weren't given one.
No offense is taken about the ASD comments - nothing we haven't been through ourselves before!
Don't wait. Go see your MCHN. And if the MCHN turns out to be useless, request a second screen by a different person - you are entitled to it.
Edited to add:
Indignantly right - no offense, but it isn't a matter of being worried. It's about getting factual observations of the child and using this information to determine a course of action - which may well be no action required. it's about identifying cases of developemental delay EARLY so that appropriate intervention can commence.
Thanks, what you say is very true & there is no clear reason to wait.
QUOTE (baddmammajamma @ 01/12/2010, 04:52 PM)
Hi Miss Meow:
My friend Duffy has captured my feelings so well. I cannot stress the importance of acting upon your "niggling concerns" and seeing someone who is qualified to offer you guidance and support (if needed).
We have had a big thread going about this very topic:http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/ind...howtopic=845645
Miss Meow, with regards to how to respond to questions -- you should say/not say as much as you are comfortable sharing. My standard reply when DD was 2 (and still not really talking) was "She might be a late talker, or she might have a speech delay, which is why were getting things checked out." Of course, then you open yourself up to people telling you about little Le-a in their mothers' group, who didn't speak until she was 5 and now has her own talk show!
Best of luck to you!
Read that thread & had some really interesting stuff in it & bumped it back up so others still see it. I don't get on here that much these days so do miss a lot of things so by bumping others might see it that haven't yet.
I am anticipating a few "comments" at Christmas time as both my SIL & sister are coming home from overseas & am guessing they will ask. My nephew is 2 and talks really well so I am sure she will notice & comment. I will talk with DH & we will decide what our answer is but I like your suggestion very much.
QUOTE (baddmammajamma @ 01/12/2010, 05:56 PM)
For ASD-specific concerns, there is a screening tool that is very popular in the U.S. called the M-CHAT, which can be used on kids 16-30 months old to flag potential risk of an autism spectrum disorder. I am sharing it below with the major caveat that this type of tool should be administered by a qualified professional -- however, the content does have value for us laypeople, as it sets forth the types of things that a medical doctor/psychologist might be looking for during an ASD assessment. http://www.ei-resource.org/m%11chat:-autism-questionnaire/
Best of luck with your sweet little girl & hope you get some answers soon!
Thanks for that link, very interesting.
QUOTE (lishermide @ 01/12/2010, 08:35 PM)
I just wanted to mention in response to this that my DS with ASD is if anything overly friendly & seeks social interaction. He has no idea of stranger danger, he will approach and be friendly with anyone. It's the quality of his social interactions that are impaired, not that he doesn't make them. I deluded myself that he wasn't on the spectrum for a very long time due to misconception about what the traits actually are. It's a good example of the fact that it's a very broad spectrum, and children with ASD can be very much one way or very much the other with respect to lots of the traits.
You are very right about the misconceptions about ASD traits my GP was quite confident that ASD was not an issue for us as she is so confident & social.