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Thursday, June 9th, 2011
11:32 am
Delayed speech in 32 month old
I'm looking for suggestions/ideas and opinions.

Andy was always slow with speech, his first sounds were delayed and by 2 he had less than 5 words. Some of it was sort of expected. He's the youngest sibling, his 15 year old sister and 4 year old sister talk constantly. Everyone kept saying he'll talk when he's ready and it's because of the girls always talking he just doesn't need to. Since all the other milestones were on or ahead of target I wasn't worried. He understand speech very well, was very early to follow directions and understand a large vocabulary of words, etc.

We had him evaluated by a speech therapist when he was 28 months old. He's on target or ahead on everything but speech. Most areas he's 1-2 years ahead. We went to speech sessions for several months after his evaluation and he did improve immediately. He started saying more sounds and attempting more words. He probably can say around 50 words now, but most are difficult to understand and unless he has to say them he won't other than about 10-20 that he does say well and regularly. When he was first evaluated the only ones he'd use where ones he was prompted to use.

We stopped going to speech about 2 months ago for a couple of reasons. He was progressing pretty well at home between the sessions actually more so then when he had the sessions and the speech therapist thought he'd likely catch up at that point. Also Andy started to not want to go to the speech sessions. In the beginning he loved them but then seemed to be bored with them and would be ready to be done within 5-10 minutes of them starting and he'd totally not focus on anything but doing something else.

We have made process since we stopped going. He's picked up some new words and some of the words have improved BUT there are a lot that are very hard to understand or that we can't understand at all, and I'm having a hard time getting him to pick up new words or sounds. When we first started therapy it seemed to make sense that he'd be hard to understand and that he wouldn't pick up as many sounds as fast because he had to go through the motions and learning most children had already picked up but it seems like he should have progressed more than he has. I'm contemplating doing a therapy session once a month to see if we can progress more but wanted to see if anyone else had a child like this and at some point did they jump ahead or has it always been a struggle. I guess I'm mainly frustrated and trying to find the best solution and help for Andy I can.

Current Mood: frustrated
Monday, May 15th, 2006
2:00 pm
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
9:17 pm
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 )

Thursday, February 9th, 2006
3:47 pm
Hi! I saw your community, and I think it is a wonderful idea. My son is nearly 2 years old, and was evaluated at a 6 month level for expressive language, and 8 month for receptive. We have him in an early intervention program that allows a therapist to come to our house. We have been in the program now for only 2 weeks, but have gotten some pretty good advice, and even seen some progress. He still doesn't talk, but we are making progress in other ways. It's nice to meet you, and hopefully, it will catch on and more parents will join!

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Thursday, May 26th, 2005
11:09 am
Great day at schhol
Yesterday Brianna has a great day. She did so well and today she should have seen the speech teacher today, hope everything well well. She is getting so big I just wish she could get this potty training thing down. For some reason if she is wet she will take her training pants off but will not tell me when she has to go.

Current Mood: confused
Monday, May 23rd, 2005
9:34 pm
She is starting to talk a little more, or at least she tries too. She has only been going to school maybe about 2 months and we have seen a big improvement. Before she started she would not even try to talk. Now we have noticed that most of the time when she is saying something she has her teeth tightly closed together so we are wondering if this is why she is having problems with talking. She goes to school 5 days a week for 3 hours a day.

She really seems to love her teachers and she gets along good with the kids. I hope when she gets older she will like school as much as she does now but of course I know all they really do in school is play or at least make her think its play.

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
10:57 pm
Hello everyone I just wanted to say hi. I hope this community catches on. This group is for all parents with speech delayed children. To just make good new friends, brag and vent about the every day issues that come up. I would have to say that at one time or another I have said why is my daughter speech delayed or that school or Doctors are pissing me off. So this is why I believe we just needed a community like this.

Current Mood: cheerful
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