Some of you know we have been dealing with some developmental delays with our son Alex that have had us concerned over the last several months. Alex is a little over two years old and is delayed in his speech (no words) and has also exhibited social and behavioral delays. This past Thursday we had an appointment with Dr. Kurt Klinepeter who is one of the leading child development pediatricians here in Winston-Salem.
After spending time observing Alex and asking us a battery of questions regarding Alex’s communication, behavior, and social interaction, he did confirm that Alex does indeed fall into the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Although this wasn’t the news that Julie and I were hoping to hear, it is nonetheless where we are. And where we are is hopeful. Dr. Klinepeter assured us that there was no reason to think that over time his autism may become “indistinguishable.” Which of course we believe will be the case.
Alex has many positive behaviors/characteristics that don’t necessarily follow the typical symptoms of autism, however in the doctors experience and estimation, there was no doubt that autism was in fact what we were dealing with. So this means that we will engage in play therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy all the while praying for quick and significant progress.
We certainly appreciate your prayers as we walk down this road with Alex, for he is a wonderful joy and blessing to our family! God is so very good and may He receive all the glory!