When I got back from my fabulous week away in NYC (on Sunday) HRH was having trouble walking, Mr LS said it began on Saturday. The best way to describe it is that he is limping on both legs, like he has stones in his shoes. Of course we stripped him off and checked his feet, knees and legs but no visible bruises and no stones in his shoes either. He is walking this way with or without his shoes, leaning onto walls for support and also walking this way while he is focused on something else, like the iPad (Youtube and film credits are very engrossing!)
As it happens we had an Occupational Therapy assessment yesterday, the final part to getting his service statement. What knocked me for six was the OT saying HRH's gross motor skills were extremely bad. Yeah, extremely. He was right though. HRH really struggled with the stairs and wasn't able to jump. He could do both of these before I went on holidays, maybe not gracefully, but he could do them. He has been referred to physiotherapy.
Now, logically I know there could be many reasons for this turn of events:
1. He may have an ear infection causing balance problems. He is not showing signs of it but I will have it checked out.
2. He might have had or be in a growth spurt and taking a while to adjust to his new height.
3. It may be a stim, even though he appears to be doing it unconsciously.
4. He is coming on so much with his social skills and social interaction he may not be able to process everything at the same time.
OR the one that is really worrying me, so you have to promise not to laugh!
*whispers* it may be regression.
Yes, ok, ok, I know I might be panicking just a bit with that one, but that is genuinely my fear. Having seen the initial, and frightening, regression between 14-18 months old it is something that I do not want to experience again. I felt so helpless and confused and I just didn't know what to do to help him. Since then we have seen him 'forget' skills, but we also know he just needs reminding that he knows them and some practice will sort it out.
This is different, this is BIG and very, very obvious. His teachers have noticed it and said he no longer requests to go on the trampoline, his favourite. They are very concerned too. Has anyone experienced this? or have any ideas of what else I could check?