So we finally saw a paed and she was quite certain that DD (2 yrs 11 months) doesn't have ASD. She scored a 26 on the CARS test so showed some traits but certainly not enough to consider ASD. The appointment was almost 1 hour and she went into a lot of detail. DD was in the room the whole time and the paed said she doesn't strike her at all as a child with ASD. She puts her 'quirky' behavior down to mainly language delays. she has some gross motor skill delays also (she just learnt to jump recently for eg).
We've already got her in speech therapy and the paed has suggested gymbaroo or kindergym to help develop some of her skills. She was in playgroup but I have an 8 week old DS so we will go back again next term also. She has severe separation anxiety and is generally an anxious kid.
She's enrolled for preschool next year but I don't think she will be ready.
I'm not really sure where this leaves me? What else can I do to prepare her and catch her up somewhat? I'm worried she could be behind for a long time. Other kids her age seem to be progressing so much faster so she just gets further and further behind. I want to do everything I can but not sure what else I can do?