But lately, I've been noticing something troubling. She's always been a little delayed in her speech -- not pronunciating words correctly, inserting random words or phrases, and baby talk/gibberish, when when she doesn't know what to say, etc. But what I've been noticing more and more is that she doesn't seem to comprehend what is being said all the time. For example, today at the park, she wet her pants and when I told her that she needed to tell me when she had to go potty so I could take her, she said a line of gibberish. I told her she needed to listen more (doing the sign for it), and she nodded her head and repeated the line of gibberish.
She seems to be doing this more and more lately. Or sometimes, I will tell her something like, she needs to put her shoes on so we can go, and she'll scream at me repeatedly, "No! I want to go! I need my shoes!" like she doesn't quite hear me or get it.
I know she hears fine. She turns her head and responds, but I don't think she quite comprehends everything.
I looked up Central Auditory Processing Disorder on the Internet and am thinking I'm on the right track, but am wondering if anyone can give me more information. The biggest thing is, I don't want to miss a chance to get therapy for a learning disorder -- but I also don't want to confuse normal toddler development for a learning disorder.
Also, any tips on how I can make it easier to communicate with her? I use lots of hand gestures and sign language anyway -- always have since she was a baby. I also turn off the TV or go to a quiet room if I want her attention. She seems to have difficulty staying focused when there is anyone else around, or the TV is on, or any stimulus is happening. The biggest thing is when she gives me a line of gibberish or says something that is completely unrelated to what I asked about.