I am new here and found this site based on another discussion about MERLD. I didn't want to take over her post, so I decided to start another one.
When my son was 2 we had him evaluated by EI as he had only 10 words or so. He started speech therapy 1x a week and moved up to 2x a week 6 months in. He is now speaking over 150 words and is using some short phrases. He was diagnosed specifically with MERLD in March and it was a relief actually. He is about to move up to the school district program and I am very hopeful about his future.
My main questions is generally do any of your MERLD children out there also show some of the red flags of Autism. This was ruled out for us during the medical diagnosis, but the school district brought it up again. My son is very awkward socially and does not yet have any imaginative play skills. In my head this is based on the fact that he doesn't have the skills yet to have a conversation with a friend and how can he even be expected to make up an imaginative scenario when I can't get him to understand anything but simple requests. Am I being blind? I feel as though this area should improve greatly as his language also improves. Please tell me any of your experiences.