I’ve been told it is supposed to happen a lot more as she gets older…. I guess maybe it slipped my mind. I’m not sure….
Lately some of her autistic traits seem to be presenting themselves a lot more.
Her really bad short term memory for one….
Also a second… She was doing so well in her speech and Language therapy and starting to be able to express herself a lot more than before. I was noticing it and it was so nice to see.
Lately though, I am noticing that she is having a hard time expressing her needs and wants as well as telling us things directly. She can talk up a storm in general – that is for sure, but when it comes to asking for things she has been regressing a lot and starting to not want to use her words. She just points to what she wants or brings it to us and shows it to us, then just points to herself along with making a throaty sound….
When it comes to telling us things, she starts to and then she just can’t get the words out. She starts by saying “I saw” or “Daddy, I…” or “Can I” or anything else that she wants to tell us and then she just stops and she can’t. I’m not sure where the blockage is or why, but I know it’s there as she struggles a lot of the time now.
I often have to guess what she wants to tell me and then try and give her the words so that she can repeat them back to me, that way they can maybe stick in her head….
It’s as if her brain is moving too fast and her mouth can’t keep up or something like that. I know that feeling as I have it often, but for me it’s different. I start talking and end up going so fast that my words get tangled. For her it is different. Her words don’t get tangled, they just get stuck somewhere between brain and mouth…..
Both are increasing in occurrence but the one that really concerns me is the regression one. She needs to learn to use her precious words and ask for things via those words….
When she asks me for things with sounds and gestures only, she doesn’t get them. Instead she gets guided to use her words. If she looks like she has forgotten what they are and she must repeat after me before she receives what she is asking for…
It’s beginning to be like this a lot now,but I’m not giving up. The signalling and making sounds when asking for what she wants has to stop or at least dramatically slow down as I’m starting to get worried a bit…
I finally understand that because I’m autistic, that is why I worry so much and have so much anxiety. But this is a valid worry and one we need to seriously work on….