Can a baby have developmental delays but still be intelligent?

if a baby is born with all her numbers normal and turned smiled cooed. she said a few words and after ear infections and RSV has become delaid in speech and walking. can she be all that because of chronic ear infections? or dos it mean she is developmentally delayed or be a special need baby? I mean she has no cp or autism or downs . she laughs at TV cartoons she crawled and scoots she cruises but is so late walking . does mental delays go together or can you just be slower because the ear infection interfered so much

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:48 PM on Jan. 8, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • I am NO expert - but back when I was a kid it turned out that I had an inner ear infection that no one caught until I started KIndergarden with speech delays. My mom swears she took me to a dozen doctors and they couldn't find what was wrong with me, but when I started school they did some sort of test on my ear and figured out that I just couldn't hear. Anyway, I went from not talking at 4 to starting GATE at eight years old (the west coast equivalent of MAGNET). It's important to talk to a doctor if you have any concerns about your child, but I wouldn't really worry at this age - they all develop on their own schedule as young children and it's not fair to compare them or expect them to be the same as all the other babies. I do think that kids who are delayed in one area are often advanced in another though, as young children!
    SEGeorgiaMommy

    Answer by SEGeorgiaMommy at 8:28 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • Yes it does sound likely the ear infections might have caused a delay. She may require therapy to catch up, but that does not mean her intelligence was affected. Even if there is another cause to her delays, it does not automatically mean a "not normal intelligence."

    I would have her evaluated since she did loose speech and has motor delays to determine the cause and she probably could benefit from therapy if there is a great enough delay. Also start sign language now in the meantime.

    My son had a delay in motor skills as well and had signs of autism. He was later diagnosed as having Asperger syndrome. Well when he was tested at school for his cognitive skills his scores were in the "very superior level," litterally off the charts. So my point is delays do not always mean not a normal intelligence. Another misconception even is children who can't talk are "Not smart," when in fact they can be very intelligent.
    J9Mommy

    Answer by J9Mommy at 12:05 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • Ok I sure used the "word" intelligence a lot in my answer...LOL...I feel like a dork being redundant, but I just wanted you to get what I was trying to say ;)
    J9Mommy

    Answer by J9Mommy at 12:06 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • My son didnt walk til he was 15 mo old. He is extremely intelligent. He is 14 now & in advanced classes & gets all A's.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:15 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • The ear infections could have TOTALLY affected her ability to speak and walk! Your equilibrium is affected by your inner ear, and if you can't hear clearly...

    When the boys went through their evaluations for speech that was one of the first things asked...if they had a lot of ear infections, ever had tubes and we had their hearing checked as well.

    Have her evaluated for possible therapy. If she is delayed in speech and gross motor skills she could get help so she doesn't remain behind. It has nothing to do with her intelligence. And special needs/developmentally delayed doesn't always mean there's a "mental delay".
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:40 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • continued due to doggone character limitation..

    All of my boys are "special needs" by the way....the oldest has a severe delay in fine motor skills(currently undergoing evaluations for possible Asperger's and/or ADHD), the second has moderate delays in fine motor skills and speech (undergoing evaluations for possible PDD-NOS) and my youngest has a severe delay in language and speech. They are all cognitively MUCH beyond their chronological ages. (the youngest is 2 and knows basic shapes plus pentagon, trapezoid, parallelagram, hexagon and octagon shapes, recognizes all letters, numbers to 10...and is behind where the other two were at this age)
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:44 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • My son didn't wlk untill he was 18 months. To me this was late as with my oldest it was 14 months. Also his speech is slower, but thats probably cause we speak more languages in our home. Anyway, now he's getting on well so I have no doubt that it'll be allright and it has nothing to do with his intelligence. He can speak and write all the letters from the alfabet in capital en normal letters and repeats every song he hears. He's 2,5 now, so I think he's very smart!!
    Noyo

    Answer by Noyo at 6:51 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • diet will also play a factor. If fed draining heavy foods/caffeine..this will take priority over development because their bodies have to deal with that stuff and it takes all the energy out of them.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:14 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • Speech is not going to develop if your child isn't hearing adequately. That was part of my son's speech problems, but for him, the cleft palate and lip were bigger issues, obviously. It also caused our daughter a few problems, but we caught it very early. At 15 months, she had tubes and the problem cleared right up.

    Walking is very individual. Daughter walked early. Don't know when my son first walked. (Adopted at age 5 yrs.) But the fact that you child regressed after the illness is cause for testing. Ask your pediatrician for help getting her tested.

    But remember, everyone learns at there own pace.
    mommy22miracles

    Answer by mommy22miracles at 9:03 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

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  • I had a professor in college many years ago who told our class that he didn't say his first word until he was 6 yrs old. He had a very loving big sister who took very good care of him. Whatever he wanted she got for him. Parents had him tested and examined. No one could figure out why he wouldn't speak. Finally, one day big sister wasn't around. He wanted something. And no one was paying attention to him. He spoke. First words he ever said were "G** Da** it! Give it to me!" Now, how would you like to put that one in the baby book?!
    mommy22miracles

    Answer by mommy22miracles at 9:09 AM on Jan. 9, 2009

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