A Parent’s Perspective Part 1: Noticing Developmental Concerns with Your Child

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“Like most mothers when my son was born, I inspected his tiny body to make sure he had all ten fingers and ten toes. He passed every newborn screening test, and my doctor gave us the okay to take my healthy baby boy home.¬† To my physical eye, he was exactly the way I imagined¬†he would be.¬†Over the next few¬†months,¬†he met every milestone that was expected.¬† He cooed, followed me with his eyes and began sitting up and rolling over sooner than his two siblings had.¬†Mommy,¬†dada,¬†ball¬†and cookie were¬†his first words.¬† He was walking and talking, discovering¬†knickknacks around our home and developing into a typical toddler.¬†¬†


Over time, I started to notice that he was not talking very much¬†anymore.¬†He stopped saying new words and rarely said the ones he already knew.¬†At two years old, throwing tantrums and pointing¬†his fingers¬†were his preferred methods of communication. He was¬†the happiest when he was at home, and¬†visibly¬†uncomfortable when we were around larger crowds¬†of people.¬†I¬†started to become very¬†concerned that there was something ‚Äúwrong‚ÄĚ with my son.¬†I did not want to hear a doctor‚Äôs explanation of what was going on with my child, but I knew that¬†getting a professional opinion was necessary for my child‚Äôs¬†well-being”.¬†

-KaSondra Toney 

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