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.
- "au" for water
- "ba" for ball
- "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. :(