I have a almost 2.5 yr old who is just starting to come out of his shell and talk. He too was evaluated and Dr's said closer to 3 and not talking is cause of concern. I just kept talking to my son and having conversations with him. He follows directions well, responds to his name, shares his emotions, just didn't talk a whole lot. But now he's starting to talk a lot more! Early intervention is best! And keep practicing with your son with flash cards and reading. When I have conversations with my son and he responds in gibberish, I say "yea you're so right, it is a BA-NA-NA"
Does he show any other behaviours outside of the speech delay. Speech delay on its own, i would still be hopeful he just doesnt feel the need to talk. Does he have any words? Mama, Dada??
My daughter just turned 2 April 26th, she's a late talker since she was late in walking. I have her in daycare while I work & she's been thriving so much. Now she runs everywhere & climbs everything & being around all the kids her age, she's starting to say more words. Maybe try taking ur son to some playgroups to let him start socializing with others his own age & he'll start talking on his own timeline.
@Tory okay i will & yes he does, hes been to all of the appointments
@Brittany show him the data on how early intervention works. Does he go to the appointments with you? Maybe that would help as well.
@Tory i definitely am taking them seriously! my mom didnt take my speech delay seriously so i had a Mentor from 2nd grade to 5th grade + repeated 2nd grade so i know it’s very important for me to be his voice— but do you maybe have any advice on how i get my partner to take it seriously too?
Occupational Therapist here! 🙋🏻♀️ The likely reason why 3 disorders are on there is because they have overlapping symptoms not because they think he has all 3. Also, if insurance companies weren’t so crazy (they wont pay sometimes if a kid doesn’t have a diagnosis therefore driving these labels), your doctor may not have even have written these down yet. Plus, it is VERY hard to diagnose at this young age and typically it happens more in the 3-4 y/o range. It could VERY well be that he’s just slow on verbal development; my kiddo is and we put a TON of work into speech. And you have a family history of delayed speech but I’m guessing you don’t have a diagnosis, right? I guess what I’m saying is try not to worry so much! Speech delays, high functioning autism and SPD are VERY treatable if he even has one of those. You should ask your pediatrician for a speech consult and start there. They also may be able to tease out if there is SPD in which OT or PT would be great to look into.
I’m so sorry girl- I know that can be overwhelming and sending you love! It can be hard as a parent to accept that your little one isn’t developing as they should but you’re doing all the right things for getting on top of it sooner than later! Speech delays are often related to nutrient deficiencies- is there any chance you were low iron in pregnancy or have anything like hypothyroidism or signs of any nutrient deficiencies?
My son babbled a lot too and I was the only who understood what he wanted. I would be upset at this doctor who did not take the time to talk to me about what they found out and put it on my kids medical record for me to later read Really??!!!🤦🏻♀️😡 I would call the office and talk to the doctor for him to explain to me. I would possible get a new provider for my kid. When going to a visit you need to get your SO to show up and hear it from the professional. Men have a harder time taking it in that his child has a disability. My husband was in denial for some years 🤦🏻♀️ It’s gonna be ok mama.
I agree with early intervention. My friend started her son in speech by 2 by 3 he was talking up a storm. Also look into ABA services.
@Nicholle thank you im pretty sure his DR. did already have his ears checked & i believe they said his ears were good
Early intervention is SO important. Look into birth to 3 in your area and take the doctors evaluation seriously. I’m a teacher and it’s heartbreaking how many kids need services, but don’t receive them because their parents didn’t speak up, didn’t believe the professionals, or didn’t go to the right people. It may be nothing, some kids truly do need a bit of extra time, but it might be something.
Call and talk to the doctor. Ask for more information. Ask more questions.
Have him go to the appointments so the doctors can explain the importance of the assessments. Not all kids are the same so we should never compare I definitely learned that the hard way . Always fight for your kids because you are their biggest advocate . I use to tell the pediatrician that something was wrong and no one would listen . Now she’s five and finally we were able to get her a diagnosis of adhd and she’s on the spectrum so doing further evaluation to rule out autism . She’s getting speech therapy in school and doing a bit better . This journey will consist of support and lots of consistency so you guys have to get on the same page with this . Start looking into early intervention programs and keep working with your baby . Repetition is key momma ❤️
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Look at early intervention. Maybe the child has a hearing issue and needs tubes in his ears. Happened to a friends kid.. as soon as he could hear… talking in a month lol
I’ve been there momma(mines 4next month) just keep talking to him/give him choices, early intervention&get speech therapy, if he’s prone to ear infections get his hearing checked..you can message me if you want some more info I’ll help as much as I can! You got this! ❤️