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A child who has high non-verbal skills, but has a severe speech and language delay?

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adrianna1 Thu 13-Mar-14 23:16:44

What does this mean and what diagnosis is most likely the outcome?

I'm only asking as my doctor said this in my son's report, but didn't think to ask him what he actually meant as I thought he was just making a verbal comment. But, her notes would be passed to the autism specialists that are assessing my son.

My son is having is ADOS very soon, so a bit apprehensive. grin

zzzzz Fri 14-Mar-14 02:44:06

"High non-verbal skills" is an annoying turn of phrase but I assume what he means is that your child's non-verbal communication is good/normal. That means he points, mimes, reacts to facial expressions etc and tries to compensate for his lack of verbal communication. This isn't typical of children with ASD but I don't think would rule it out.

From your point of view it is very positive because with good non-verbal communication you can support verbal communication so much more easily.

LadyKooKoo Fri 14-Mar-14 09:01:09

How old is he and how is he with feeding? Does he drool?

adrianna1 Sat 15-Mar-14 01:03:10

Hi zzzz thanks for asking.

@ladykookoo...he used to dribble but it has decreased now. His feeding is ok...why do you ask? Is it something I should be looking out for.

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