My 2.5 year old has an obvious speech delay. Sh says a number of single words but no sentences. She communicates through hand gestures and understands most things but doesn't say much that's understandable.
She has a couple of cousins close in age and the developmental difference is obvious. I've had her hearing tested and it was fine. She's also extremely shy and clingy.
Everything I read about speech delays mentions ASD kids, is it possible she has a speech delay and it's just that?? We've got a GP appointment Monday and I'm going to request a referral for a private speech therapist (we'll get some rebate on PHI but I don't even care anymore if I have to pay for it).
It's so hard because the other kids are getting further and further ahead of her and have lost interest in trying to play with her. Breaks my heart, although she's quite happy to sit with me. She also has one set of grand parents who also seem to have lost interest because she doesn't give them the attention and affection they get from the other kids. this kills me because they should know better than the kids!
I just wanted to hear from parents who've dealt with speech delays that perhaps haven't lead to ASD diagnoses because I really can't find much else. Thanks