My 3-1/2 year old son has been diagnosed as developmentally delayed,
and is receiving county assistance with speech and language
development as well as fine motor. What hasn't been addressed–and
what is of increasing concern to me–is his continuous putting of
non-food objects in his mouth. He often will put a small car, or toy
in his mouth (as well as his fingers). Any thing small ends up in his
mouth, to be held there, or chewed on. Also, he will –impulsively,
it appears–put his mouth on strange things–as if he needs to feel or
taste them–such as the outside car mirror, the recessed part of the
lock on the bathroom door. He doesn't do this hourly–or daily
(unlike the putting if things in his mouth0 but often enough that I am
concerned and puzzled. Except for the fact that he is socially
developmentally more toddler-ish in somce repects, he seems to be a
happy, normal child. Should this behavior worry me? What could it
mean? Should I seek the help of a professional, and if so, what kind?
Hope you can help with some info! Many thanks.