I love this little fella so much! The older he gets, the more noticeable those developmental gaps are becoming. He's almost 4 years old, and when we go out in public places we struggle. For example, we went to a really nice live nativity last night. The first thing they said to our group was that we needed to be quiet as we walked through so we could hear the dialogue. It was dark, and there were lots of christmas lights and fun scenes. He was excited, and loud, and the dirty looks I was getting were a little overwhelming. Not from the actors, from the other people walking through. Then the other week he was bitten at the childcare he was at for a couple of hours, but instead of crying, he got angry because he didn't know how to tell anyone. So they naturally thought he was fighting over a toy (no one saw him get hurt) and put him in time out. Not their fault. It was just yet another instance where he cannot be treated the same. I'm all for inclusion. I'm all for trying to mainstream, but sometimes that's not possible. He is not the same. He is different. Sometimes there needs to be an escape plan or a plan to decompress. I'm just pouring my heart out. I'm not in any way angry at these instances, because I cannot expect other people to understand my son when before I had him, I would have maybe acted the same way. So, these things are making my wheels turn. I need to come up with strategies that help when things go south. We have evaluation for preschool and speech therapy on Monday and my hopes are high that this is the right step for him. P. S. We are in the process of getting picture books ready for him to use. Thank you for all the suggestions.