possible autism in my daughter
hey everyone, bit of a lengthy post coming. my daughter has been showing a lot of behaviours linked to autism so we had the health visitor out last week who said that these behaviours are something she picked up on when she visited 8 months ago and she thought she may have grown out of. she has sent a referral through for a diagnosis. i’m not worried about her having autism at all! i’m actually relieved because i’ve thought for a long time that i parented wrong and she was so different, it’s nice to know that this isn’t down to me and my partner as parents.
the thing i’m struggling most is with her speech, she says a handful of words and will sometimes say a word that sounds like something but will not show interest in saying it again. we called for speech and language therapy but they palmed us off with a document on things to do for speech therapy and to call back in a few months if nothing has changed. i’m gutted because i feel like she is missing out on saying words and me and my partner are missing out on this special milestone also.
i know some may think (speech comes on its own) but it is definitely something we have been trying for months and she is not interested in learning to speak, she just wants to do her puzzles or run around.
i guess the point of the post is to see if anyone else is going through a situation similar? am i right to feel upset that the speech and language therapy can’t help us yet?