Hello everyone, my name is Jamie, and I am the mother of an amazing little boy named Colin. I am beginning this blog to document our journey to a mental health diagnosis for my little boy. Let me introduce him, and tell you a little about him and our journey through the last three years.
Colin is 2 years, 11 months old. Since the day he was born, he has been a unique little boy. He was born with a minor birth defect, which required surgery when he was 8 months old. At 2 days old, he was hospitalized for severe jaundice. At 4 months old, a cold turned into pneumonia, and then MRSA developed in his blood and lungs, causing him to be put on life support. He struggled to gain weight, and had low muscle tone which made it difficult for him to hold his head up well for the first year of his life.
Within the last year, I’ve become more and more aware that Colin’s speech has not been progressing as it should, and little “quirks” have been popping up a lot. Things such as lining up his toys, becoming very attached to particular toys and blankets, repeating himself over and over until the word he is saying is repeated by somebody else, and hitting himself. There are many more, and I will share them in entries to follow, but these are just a few things we have been experiencing.
We have met with his pediatrician who recommended he see a speech pathologist and a developmental pediatrician. He has been in to see the speech pathologist, and she has recommended that he take part in an early intervention program, and private speech therapy. In her report, under “psychiatric” she wrote “lines up toys and examines them, repeats himself over and over, and names his toys.” He is also at a 12 month level for speech and understanding, so while he does speak, it’s very limited and doesn’t always sound like real words.
We have an appointment on October 17 with a developmental pediatrician and other specialists to have him evaluated. As you may have already guessed, he is being evaluated for Autism. Autism is a very broad spectrum, so he could be anywhere on it, but it seems to be the most obvious. A diagnosis would mean no more than just being able to get him the help and resources he needs. Therapy, special education, etc. He will still be the same brilliant little boy, we will just be much better equipped to help him be successful in school, and in life.
This blog is to document Colin’s symptoms, diagnosis, and therapies he will receive. I will continue to share throughout his journey, when I have questions, and when we get answers. Thank you for reading this far, I hope to find and give support here throughout our journey.