Eli started talking early – full sentences by 18 months.
The pediatrician was amazed when he said “paper” at his 15 month check-up.
We have always been fortunate that he has been able to ask questions, answer questions and give us more information than we’ve probably ever needed.
Yet, all the talking in the world can’t fix whatever is wrong with my little boy.
Eli has had pretty severe anxiety all week. He has cried before each soccer practice saying that he doesn’t want to be away from us. He held my leg and gave me the saddest look I’ve ever seen and asked me to please, please not go to work. He went to the nurse’s office at school complaining of a sore throat. He has been very easily upset and has been very quick to get angry.
The only thing I can say is that it’s not SPD.
This is so different from any of his SPD episodes.
No, this is anxiety.
I type this with tears in my eyes because I don’t know how to help him.
I’ve tried talking to him. He makes up reasons for his anxiety just so I’ll stop talking.
I emailed his teacher to find out if anything has changed at school. She responded that he has been having a lot more difficulty at school too. She wants to bring in the Intervention Assistance Team. She wants to talk with his private OT. She wants to help him succeed.
I will go to his school tomorrow for a Pumpkin Party. I will support him as best as I can. I will bring him home and we will do things that are fun.
It’s my goal to do things that he wants. We’re going to carve pumpkins. We’re going to bake sugar cookies and frost them. We’re going to make applesauce. We’re going to play Wii. We’re going to read stories. And I hope that we’re going to do some talking – real talking.
It’s so hard for me to watch him go through this and know that there’s very little I can do to make it better.