Yesterday I took Cruz to see the Pediatric Neurologist. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect but overall the meeting was quick and harmless. He does think that Cruz falls into the autism spectrum, probably PDD (Pervasive Development Disorder). This was of course after asking questions for only like five minutes. However, one of his therapists has said the same thing and I would of course take her word since she spends quality time with him every week. Technically he fits the criteria for classic autism other than the fact that he will hold eye contact. So for now I am trying to provide social outlets and opportunities to really push him to interact and engage with other people. He seems to enjoy being out of the house and does well in public. It is apparently enough distraction to divert his attention away from falling into his rut and routine. Although, he does fight it initially and freaks on schedule changes. Like screaming and head banging freaks on schedule changes. So, for now I will continue to push social interactions, require eye contact, and encourage his nonverbal communication skills with other kids so that he is more comfortable being himself. Hopefully starting at this young of an age he is laying the foundation for life long friendships and giving mommy a chance to interact with other mommies as well. Let's be honest, at this age the play dates may really be more for us mommies than for the kids.
|Cruz's cousins Henley and Rogan are two of his best friends|