My 29 mo. old son was evaluated about 5 months ago for speech delay at the recommendation of our pediatrician. At the eval, they placed him at a 9-12 mo. old level for his speech ability, and definitely recommended that he continue speech therapy and have an OT eval for sensory issues. Our insurance wasn't covering much of the therapy, and for the first two sessions we had to pay over $350 out of our pocket, which we just can't do right now. So we got involved with the Early Intervention program in our area and they are planning on doing a speech/developmental/occupational therapy eval later this month. Waiting lists are long, and I know that every month that passes is very important for his development.
He was born about a month early because I was induced for severe preeclampsia. He had a lot of respiratory issues at birth, and I wonder if somehow everything he went through at birth could be responsible for the "delays" he has now. He has difficulty socially (for example, at library reading group he plays by himself, completely ignoring that there is anyone else around unless they take a toy he'd like. He can completely tune us out, acting like he never heard us although his hearing is perfect); he has never had the greatest eye contact, but he does make eye contact for brief periods; he babbles a lot and is very animated, but very few words make sense, and even the words he attempts are usually missing a sound (such as "bee" is actually "bear" or milk is a "kuh" sound)
His memory is excellent, he can say his "ABCs" (with some letters being substituted with different sounds that are close to that letter) and he can count to about 12 (again, not all the numbers are clear).
Is anyone else going through similar language/social/sensory issues with their children? What worked for you, and what is the best way to reach him? It can be so frustrating trying to communicate and break through to him.