When did you become aware that there was something unique about your child? What did you notice?
Although our son made eye contact, was very social, laughed, ate well and even began speaking relatively early, he wasn't hitting his physical milestones. For example, he never pulled up, crawled or sat upright unassisted. Just after his first birthday, he still wasn't hitting the physical milestones — he wasn't walking or crawling and would only be able to sit up from a prone position if his legs were held down; otherwise, he would jack knife. At first, we attributed his inability to do many of these things because he was such a good eater and as a result, quite chubby.
How did you address any challenges your child was having at home, school, or work (include any therapies received, if you’re comfortable sharing)?
Although our son's pediatrician brushed off his delays and assured us that each child developed at their own pace, we trusted our instincts and advocated for early intervention with Early Steps (providing an evaluation and physical therapy).