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Fri, Oct. 18th, 2013, 02:26 pm
jacy20: No Worries

Hi, i'm 28 years old, and i'm not a parent with a slow talking kid. I'm an adult who was slow to talk as a kid :)

I have mild autism, but i have an expressive/receptive language disorder. I struggled to speak till i was about 4, then it improved. It improved through my mum encouraging me to read, and sing along to songs, and it does really help, even now. I think without that, i would be a lot worse. At school, i had problems with it, but it wasn't diagnosed, so i was just told that i wasn't concentrating properly. I was concentrating, it just took me a while to understand things.

I think you shouldn't worry if you're kid is a little slow to talk, it's very common. But if they get to school age and they're still struggling, then it's time to intervene. Things, you can do to help, is reading to, and getting them to read along (look for the puddle lane books, they're very good for that) and get them listening to songs and sing along to them (even if they're tone deaf lol)

Any questions, then just comment :)

Tue, Oct. 21st, 2008, 09:34 am
moonsinger: New to group

I saw this community and noticed that one of the items of interest is apraxia.  My son's new speech therapist believes he has childhood apraxia of speech.  He is 2 1/2 years old; he can say about a dozen words clearly, and he can say most of the consonant sounds and all of the vowel sounds clearly in isolation.  He talks in the back of his throat most of the time with everything a glottal stop of g--the family and close friends can understand him sometimes, and it is clear that he is talking in complete sentences.  He understands a lot more than he can communicate as he can follow very long directions.  Oh, he isn't a late speaker in that he started talking at 9 months, but he started lagging at 18 months.  He also doesn't have any developmental lags outside of talking.

At any rate, I just wanted to say hi and hear what other people are going through, so I'll have an idea of what my son may experience in his speech therapy.

Sun, Sep. 21st, 2008, 10:35 pm
cherrylipstik: Apraxia of Speech?

Hello Community,
I'm new here, and I don't think too many people are still around in this community but I thought i'd give it a shot anyway.

I recently took my son to see a Speech Therapist. He is 3, and he doesn't say any words, but does make babbling sounds, and can sometimes say what sounds like "uh oh". The speech therapist told my huband and I that he has Speech Apraxia, which didn't come as a big shock because I had read up on it a little bit before taking him in.

I really was just curious if anyone else here had any children with this disorder, and if they could tell me what kind of therapy did your child go through, and how soon after starting thearpy was he talking? I just would love some insight on how others handled this.

Thanks in advance for any info!

Tue, Jul. 31st, 2007, 07:51 pm
therbee: Almost a year later...

It's been almost a year since anyone has posted here...
And I'm curious:

How are your children doing?

My son Carlos, now 3 and a half, is making progress. Slowly, but something is something. He now does make 2 word sentences, and sometimes even 3... plus his INTENTION to talk is there, which wasn't a year ago. He will imitate sounds, and make more of an effort to communicate and make himself understood (usually combining a few loose words, and gestures).

He goes to a speech therapist once a week, and he enjoys going, which is great. She believes it will be a slow process, and just a matter of time.
He will start 2nd year of preschool in September, with a new teacher (not the same one he had last year), so we'll see how that goes. They told us that they will try and get him a speech therapist to see him DURING school hours.

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. :(

Mon, May. 15th, 2006, 02:00 pm
fukrware: He's Talking!

For those of you who might be following Richard's progress with language. This is short, I promise.Collapse )

x-posted. Sorry-I'm excited and all. :)

Tue, Feb. 14th, 2006, 09:17 pm
fukrware: (no subject)

I'm fairly new here, and for those of you who don't know about my story, here is a short background. My son is nearly 2 and is severely behind in his communication skills. He is being evaluated for several things, and we have put him in an Early Intervention Program. Every Tuesday morning, a "Early Interventionist" comes to our house to observe, assist, and make suggestions for improving his skills and such. Today's visit made a drastic change to our every day life, and I thought it would be something interesting to share. Read on if interested...Long ramble about today's meetingCollapse )


Thu, Feb. 9th, 2006, 03:14 pm
fukrware: Hello

Hello... It seems that this is not a very active group, but thought maybe some people might still be watching. I joined it today. My son will be 2 on March 12. He has yet to say anything. He understands several words and phrases, but generally does not follow any type of directions. He doesn't really point, he will throw his hand at something he wants, or bring someone to it and put our hand on what he wants. Just recently, we have gotten him to point with his index finger onto things that he recognizes... He was advanced in all of his physical milestones, but has always been pretty far behind on his communication/language skills. He was just evaluated, and it came out that he is on a 6 month level for expressive speech and an 8 month level for receptive speech. We have him in an early intervention program that includes in home therapy, which just started 2 weeks ago. We are waiting to get into a developmental pediatrician to have him evaluated for autism, but we feel fairly confident that he isn't autistic. He is very outgoing, friendly, happy, smiling, etc., but I guess at the same time, carries some of the other signs. Anyway, if anyone happens to still be watching this community, it is nice to be able to come and vent and share ideas with each other. Thanks for listening!

Sun, Sep. 18th, 2005, 08:15 pm
therealocelot: (no subject)

At what point do you start looking into evaluation?

My 26 month old son has always been somewhat slow about speaking. He's otherwise on track developmentally, isn't autistic, can follow complex directions (and has been able to since at least 14 months), and identifies objects (pointing to the correct picture when I ask if he can find something) I had no idea he knew about. I haven't seen any reason to believe he has hearing problems. He doesn't regularly hear any language other than English.

He is continually saying new words, but will often say something once and then not again. For the most part, his words are unclear, and often only recognizable in context. He has maybe 10-20 words that he says on a regular basis. Very rarely (like maybe once every few weeks) he'll pop out with two or three words together. He babbles incomprehensibly all the time.

We tried doing baby signs with similar results - except for a few words he found useful (like "more", which he still uses, especially when prompted), he'd occasionally make a sign for a brief time and then stop doing it.

I'm not particularly worried - I expect he's just a late talker and he'll catch up fine on his own if we wait. But I also don't want to take the wait and see approach if there is a problem that could be helped, especially as I've heard that the waiting list for evaluation is long. His doctor doesn't seem to think there is a problem, but this doctor tends to be very rushed (didn't even have him get undressed at his recent appointment, which was the first with this particular doctor!), but a friend who is a pediatric neurologist did suggest getting him evaluated.

Mon, Sep. 5th, 2005, 03:21 pm
cscatharsis: (no subject)

I just joined today and I wanted share my experience with everyone
I am in Texas right now we are possibly moving to the Louisiana area in the near future.
I am the mother of a 3 year old son (August 2002), he recently started PDD classes 3 weeks ago, right now the prognosis is severe speech and developmental delays. He will be evalauted for Autism in November. My son doesn't say anything yet, he did start out saying a few words when he was about a year old. But after that it just stopped, he communicates by either grabbing your hand and making you follow him to whatever it is he needs or wants. He has an Oral Fixation and constantly has to have something in his mouth, he is also a thumb sucker so this could be a reason too. So when he plays with toys , that is the first place they go. We called on the services of ECI(Early Childhoon Intervention) this summer around July, We waited because you know the saying , "Every child develops at his or her own rate" and since he was a late walker as well, we thought perhaps that was the case. The school he goes to is great and if we move I will be sad to leave it because it is a special education school only and there are no public school children there at all.

Thank you to the person who made this community, and I look forward to being a part of it. Its nice to know something like this is around because right now in all honesty and what I have been told by the people working with him, it scares me a little.

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