The speech visit went great!
They were really nice and asked a lot of questions. They played a lot with him, watched him interact, watched him eat, etc. There were two women there, a speech therapist and a developmental therapist.
The speech therapist does think that he does have a speech delay. Most likely just from decreased sensitvity in the mouth. She said the speech issues, coupled with his food issues are a indicator of this. He is a really picky eater with some textures and it is hard to get him to eat different things. He also stuffs his mouth a lot with food and she said this is a classic sign of decreased sensitivity. She just said that he doesn't have the sensitivity in his mouth yet. Thankfully, there are ways to increase the sensitivity to the mouth. We have to get a vibrating toothbrush to use on his mouth before each meal and several times a day. It helps to increase blood flow to the area.
She agrees that his tantrums (she got to see one or two) are a direct result of the speech delay. She said that more intelligent children who have a speech delay just get so frustrated. And otherwise, she doubts that he would have this behavior issues.
So she does recommend weekly speech therapy sessions for him. She also gave me some great info on getting him into a tumbling class here in town to get him more "speech practice" time.
We will meet again in two weeks to outline our plan of action for him and to set up our therapy.
I am really happy that I called and that I have a reason for all of this. Makes me feel really good to know that we are working toward a solution!