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Re : speech delays

Postby milesymommy » Thu Mar 04, 2010 09:04 am

I don't know what state you're in, but you should look at the laws for the state. You also might want to push for a diagnosis from the pediatrician, because if he's considered handicapped or disabled, federal law requires the public school system to intervene early - including infants. I'm in Virginia, and our state is passing a law requiring insurance companies to pay for therapy for autistic children.
That said, it doesn't sound like he's that bad. My DS Miles, who was 4 weeks early due to PE/HELLP, really started talking more and actually playing with other kids (vice around other kids) at 2 1/2. At 3, he still messes up the alphabet, but so do most kids. I really engaged Miles in talking - I'd point to an object, ask what it was or what color, and sometimes I'd call it the wrong thing - point to a picture of a zebra and call it an elephant. Over time it went from "No, zebra!" to "Mommy you're silly, that's not an elephant, thats a zebra!" So try to engage him in speaking as much as possible.

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Re : speech delays

Postby jacksmom_erin » Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:51 pm

My son will be seven next week. He was born at 31 weeks.
At three he still had very few words. We were living in an isolated area and help was hard to come by. By the time he was four we were living in a major city and became involved in early intervention programs. By the time he started K he had lots of words but still had problems with sounds. Now he is in Grade One, it is March and he has yet to receive services this school year! In June he was diagnosed with moderate sound errors. The push seems to be for early intervention, but what happens when that's not enough?
I've paid for private speech therapy but at 120 an hour it is prohibitive. According to the school, he has friends and is doing very well. He is reading Chapter books so that makes me very happy!
I was so worried that when he started school we wouldn't make friends and kids would make fun of him, but that hasn't happened. Things have changed so much since we were kids.
He too had fine motor and sensory issues but seems to outgrown most of them. His teacher does say that he minds it when the classroom gets too loud!! Good luck to you.

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Re : speech delays

Postby mnmom » Tue Mar 02, 2010 07:21 pm

Hi Alisa, We work through our local early intervention team for my three year old's speech issues. Luckily, we started with them and had no waiting period. His speech was extremely delayed at 22 months, but he has caught up in all but articulation now at almost 4. He still qualifies for services and attends preschool twice per week. He sees the speech therapist at the school. But what an huge difference! I think speech delays at that age also have an effect on social issues. The team should completely evaluate your child, including social, emotional, fine and gross motor along with speech. We have been very happy with the services.

He was also a little over a month early, but no real health issues. Good luck to you!

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speech delays

Postby kisapaduga » Tue Mar 02, 2010 05:45 pm

My 29 mo. old son was evaluated about 5 months ago for speech delay at the recommendation of our pediatrician. At the eval, they placed him at a 9-12 mo. old level for his speech ability, and definitely recommended that he continue speech therapy and have an OT eval for sensory issues. Our insurance wasn't covering much of the therapy, and for the first two sessions we had to pay over $350 out of our pocket, which we just can't do right now. So we got involved with the Early Intervention program in our area and they are planning on doing a speech/developmental/occupational therapy eval later this month. Waiting lists are long, and I know that every month that passes is very important for his development.
He was born about a month early because I was induced for severe preeclampsia. He had a lot of respiratory issues at birth, and I wonder if somehow everything he went through at birth could be responsible for the "delays" he has now. He has difficulty socially (for example, at library reading group he plays by himself, completely ignoring that there is anyone else around unless they take a toy he'd like. He can completely tune us out, acting like he never heard us although his hearing is perfect); he has never had the greatest eye contact, but he does make eye contact for brief periods; he babbles a lot and is very animated, but very few words make sense, and even the words he attempts are usually missing a sound (such as "bee" is actually "bear" or milk is a "kuh" sound)
His memory is excellent, he can say his "ABCs" (with some letters being substituted with different sounds that are close to that letter) and he can count to about 12 (again, not all the numbers are clear).
Is anyone else going through similar language/social/sensory issues with their children? What worked for you, and what is the best way to reach him? It can be so frustrating trying to communicate and break through to him.


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