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  1. milkangel

    milkangel Advanced Member

    i went to the docs on tues for my daughter and the doc was a little consernd about my 2 year old boys speech. he kinda says some things but nothing much he sorta can say mom but not really that well. he had his hearing checked but it is sorta on the normal side. he thinks that my son does have some slight hearing loss in both ears. so today i called the doc and they made an appointment for my son on tuesday the 26th of this month to be seen by a specialist for the delayed speech. so we will see how it goes. there are still times that i think that he can not hear me. but in general he can most times. he can have some hearing loss but not much but enougth to delay speech. so any one else have this problem? also he does have slight negative pressure in the midle ear on both ears. so keep him in your prayers

    Thank you so much
    Anne Miller
    May 6, 2009
  2. pcsharon1

    pcsharon1 Veteran Member Gold Member

    Well, the hearing could be a big issue...........but in general I think boys talk later than girls and we had our son tested and started with Early Intervention at about 20 months. He really didn't start talking much until he was 25-26 months and is just now at 29 months starting to talk a lot. I would simply have the hearing test done and go from there. But if you are concerned there is Early Intervention in all states and the cost is based on your income - so for us here in New Jersey right now it is free. We have a Early Intervention teacher that comes once a week for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes and she basically plays with him, but in a way that encourages him to speak more.

    A few things they told us - get a table and chair that is his size, because kids learn better when their feet are on the floor; get him some bubbles and a bubble wand and teach him to blow bubbles, it encourages him to use his mouth muscles; and buy him an electric toothbrush and let him use it himself, even if all he does is play with it in his mouth, the vibrations wake up the muscles and encourage blood flow.

    Hope that helps some - I wouldn't be overly worried about the speech at this time, but do find out about the hearing. My son is 29 months now and when he was 24 months he had just started saying Momma and it wasn't always clear and it wasn't frequent. Tonight he told me a knock knock joke! (of course, he doesn't know the punch line and just kept saying "knock, knock" and when I ask who's there he says "a naba (which is his word for banana)" but he doesn't get the Orange you glad I didn't say banana part yet - still too stinkin cute for words) It'll happen in time. Good luck.
    May 6, 2009
  3. WLMcCoy

    WLMcCoy Advanced Member

    My cousin's little boy turned 2 in Feb. & had the same problem. He talked a little until he was about 14/15 months old & quit talking completely. They did some sessions/tests & found out he has hearing trouble. He is actually having tubes put in his ears Thursday.

    I'll keep him in my prayers..
    May 6, 2009
  4. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

    I can't address the hearing, but I have been through early intervention with my now 3 year old. At 2 he didn't communicate. He through fits and we were to guess what he wanted. Not fun! He qualified for a speech therapist 2 times a month and by the time he was 3 his communication had improved. He still has articulation problems. He substitutes the H sound in words, which is very unusual. Most people don't understand what he says, and there are still times I don't. However, I'm giving him a year and if he still has issues at 4, we will look into speech again. After he turned 3 the only way to get him help was to put him in preschool. He wasn't ready emotionally, and still at 40 months is still not potty trained! We are working on it. Never thought it would be this hard, but that is it's own thread.

    I can relate, and if need to talk, just let me know!
  5. jkinak

    jkinak Member

    My oldest son was a delayed talker. He had his own words for things and we rarely knew what he was talking about so he would get frustrated and act out. He also was not fully potty trained until he was over 4 years old, which the doctors/therapists said was his way of being in control.
    When he was four we had him tested through the school district and he started preschool at the district special education preschool. There he received speech therapy as well as occupational therapy to improve his motor skills for the next two years. Having him tested and receiving the therapy was the best thing we ever did!! By the time he started kindergarten, his speech had caught up with the other kids.
    He's 14 now and will enter high school next year. He still receives special education support through the school because of emotional issues but academically he is right on track, if not ahead of the game. Because of the success we have seen with him, I am a huge believer in early intervention. We still have other issues to work through, but by the time he was in 1st or 2nd grade, the kid was reading like crazy and soaking up an enormous vocabulary!! Stick with it and get all the help that is available!
    May 7, 2009
  6. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    I've prayed for you and your little girl.
    May 7, 2009
  7. My son,now 15, was very delayed also. He didn't start speaking until he was 3 YO. I had all the necessary appts. set up for him, but back then a child had to be at least 3yrs.. Exactly 1 wk. before he turned 3 he woke up and spoke a few words--the words just tumbled out of his mouth! I will never forget his expression...shock,confusion,etc!! He had made up ALOT of symbols for words, just no words!! His hearing was tested as excellent, and we were also told that boys tend to be later speakers than girls. One of the best articles someone sent me was that many brilliant men spoke late--Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, etc. That made my day:blushing: It was very frustrating having other family members comparing their children to him. Today he is a 15yo typical teen who sometimes talks in his sleep! I tell him he should be a lawyer because he is so good arguing with me!!

    I totally understand your frustration, and will pray for you and your son. I remember just chatting away with him, and just playing along with him as though he would answer. He eventually did!!!
  8. milkangel

    milkangel Advanced Member

    my boy will bable looking at our faces like he was talking to us asa conversation and it is so cute. He does take classes speech physical therapy 2 education things so he does 4 classes and has speech every week. for a long time he was saying ya but thatn he quit. we ask him things he understands it and also i will ask him if he what he did at school and he will bable like he is telling me what he did. i am alittle consernd but i am going along with what the doc said and is basicly his delayed speech and our insurance will cover it. A friend of mine sees him alot to and she thinks that would b e good for him and that is what she would do to her kids too. Thanks for your input and prayers
    May 7, 2009
  9. troggt

    troggt Member

    I'm a believer in Total Communication... learn sign language & teach him sign language to go along with any other methods of communication that works.... the Joy of Signing is a good book, and I think there is a Baby sign book out there too....and check with your local colleges to see if they offer sign classes. My daughter doesn't have hearing loss, but I taught her sign and when she was 14 months, I counted her words.... if i remember right, she could speak about 75 words (or was it 175) and she could sign about the same amount of words, but they were different words. Some word she could speak and not sign, and some she could sign & not speak. Good luck with whatever you choose to do and I hope all works out for him.
    May 7, 2009
  10. troggt

    troggt Member

    PS... a friend of mine is deaf, and does use hearing aids... but her parents would not accept that she had hearing problems, and so she never learned sign language until she was 16. She wished she would have learned it earlier in her life.
    May 7, 2009
  11. floccies

    floccies Member

    My son (now age 9) had a speech delay. At age 3 he barely spoke, only said a few words and almost never any two word combinations.

    At age 3 we began taking him to the local school district for speech therapy. They did a developmental evaluation and checked for other delays as well (speech was the only problem). He went once or twice per week for 1/2 hour each time. They made it like "playing" but his speech began to improve. Now he is in 3rd grade and still goes to speech 2x per week. He has two sounds left to work on and is very like to be done with speech therapy before the end of 5th grade.

    I recommend contacting your local school district/elementary school. These services should be provided to you free of charge.
    May 7, 2009
  12. heat123

    heat123 Legend Member Silver Member

    MY 2nd daugther had delayed speech, when comparing her to her sister. At 1 years old my first daughter could speak very clearly and started speaking small sentences at 1.5 years and totally articulate at 2 years. My younger daughter only said a few words by 2 and not clearly.

    By 3 for my younger daughter, she definitely had speech impairment as we could not understand much of anything except momma and dadda. It's like she had a language of her own!

    We put her in speech therapy as soon as she turned three. So almost a year later she is far more clear but definitely still needs therapy. I dont' know if it's hereditary but her two cousins had to have years of speech therapy! I hope that is NOT the case with Brookelyn!?!? :(

    Good luck.
    May 7, 2009
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