As a Mom, you know your kids. If your child had special needs that you didn't find out about at birth or during your pregnancy, you will remember when you first started to think something was going on. Most likely it was before anyone else knew something was up.
Moms just know.
I knew when my 2.5 year old wasn't talking that something was up, I was right, he had a developmental delay.
I knew something wasn't right with my 3.5 year old. No he had never been in a childcare setting before but something wasn't right. He never grew out of some of the behaviors he should have. I felt like nothing we did with him worked. I was right, he had Asperger's.
I have talked with other special needs parents and it seems that Moms, they just know. They always question it first. Husbands might ignore it. Doctors might brush it off as normal behavior, but a Mom always knows. And I know in some cases it is the Dad. I am not trying to say that only females have this kind of intuition but from what I have seen it is usually the Mom. Most of my friends stay at home with the kids while their husband is in the Military which I am sure has something to do with it. Moms are with the kids all the time and the Dads are away a lot of the time. My husband was deployed when I took my oldest son in for testing.
Moms know their children very well. We know how they eat, how they talk and how they sleep. We agonize over it before they are even born. We try to figure out the best way to handle the early years. As the child grows we start to wonder if something doesn't seem quite right. We question ourselves. We ask our friends and our doctors.
I had brought up Drew's issues twice with the regular doctor. They kinda brushed it off. But I knew and it took him going to regular preschool for me to make the call to be seen by a behavioral doctor. And I did this because I knew. Something wasn't right. He wasn't just getting used to school. He wasn't just a normal four-year old. And I was right. Something was going on.
If you are a Mom or Dad and you are worried about your child, don't give up on trying to figure out what is wrong. Deep down you know if something isn't quite right. Trust your gut and keep asking questions. My experience is with Tricare. I called my son's PCM and asked for a referral to the behavioral pediatrician. After a few months we finally got an appointment and started the process of figuring out what was going on. Sometime the process is hard and takes too long. That isn't fair but keep at it. If no one is calling you back, you call them. Work hard to get the testing you think your child might need. It will be worth it in the end.
Do you have experience with feeling something was wrong with your child before anyone else did? Was it a struggle?
Since today is World Autism Awareness Day, I will be posting about Asperger's, Autism and Special needs all week. Yesterday I talked about Accepting Autism.