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Tue, Sep. 12th, 2006, 11:49 am
therbee: Looking for support, info... anything! :)

Hi there, just came across this community.

I have 2 sons, one is almost 6, and the other is almost 3 (turns 3 in December).

My concern is about my youngest son, who definitely has a speech delay.

A few things:
- I'm in Spain, and unfortunately there are no things like Early Intervention or Birth-to-Three programs, at least not in the area I'm in :(
- We've had his hearing tested and he is has no impairment.
- He *does* hear 2 languages (english and spanish), so that can account for *some* delay. However, my other son is in the same situation, and even though he was a late talker, it wasn't THIS late. He was at least babbling and putting 2-3 words together by age 2.
Carlos doesn't do that.
He says:
- "mama"
- "papa"
- "au" for water
- "ba" for ball
- "up"
- "bob" when he sees Bob The builder or "Poo" when he sees Winnie the Pooh! lol
- He makes fish sounds when he sees fish
- or goes "bzz bzz" when he sees a fly or a bee....

At one time he said "nana" for banana, and "po" for apple... but hasn't done that for over a year.

Anyone have experience with verbal apraxia? From online research that's one thing I keep coming across...
Or how can I know if his speech delay is related to mental retardation (or not!)?

He interacts fine with other kids (as of just yesterday he has started preschool and LOVES it).
His comprehension level seems to be just fine as well (he points to things correctly, will do as told, follows complex orders, has a very good memory...)

His pediatrician here has told us that we will wait and see how he does this first month in preschool and if we notice any improvement in his speech. If not, he will refer us to a speech therapist/pathologist.

I just can't stand the waiting and the doubting. :(

Fri, Sep. 29th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
puppetmaker40

I can understand your concern. My daughter has verbal apraxia and it took her a long time to talk. Now we are working on getting her to say all the letters in a word. It has nothing to do with intellegence (all her teachers told me that she is very smart) or anything anyone did. It is basically a disconnent in the brain that at this young age can be reconnected. He will be fine and talking up a storm sooner than you think. If you want to talk more about it I can be reached at puppetmaker (at) gmail (dot) com.

Tue, Jul. 31st, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
therbee

I don't know how or why, but I never read your reply until now! Almost a year later! (I just happened to remember this community and came to check and see...)
And I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your response.

Carlos is still going slowly with his speech... but does have a larger vocabulary and definitely tries more (a year ago he had NO interest in even trying to imitate sounds).