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My son's evaluation was today!

Posted by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 8:30 PM
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 My son's evaluation with the Early Start Program was today.  Just for a little back ground, he is 25 months old and cannot talk... at all.  He has lost words over the last year.  Well, today he failed his hearing test.  They believe he has fluid in his inner ear.  It explains everything.  He is trying to talk to us, but what he hears sounds as if he is under water.  He throws up almost every evening, and it is because he feels "sea" sick because his balance is off.  He jumps and runs constantly, and it is because it makes him feel more "solid".  He also loves to have heavy blankets and bean bag chairs over him.  I really hope that is what it is, knowing all of this gives me relief.  I have always blamed myself for my sons speech delay.  Now I just feel bad for getting so frustrated with him. The women actually said he is really smart.  He already picked up some sign language.  If they put tubes in his ears and it's fixed, he'll probably catch up in no time.  They are concerned because he stares off into space, so they want to give him an autism evaluation, but I don't think he has it.  He is way too happy and socialable to have that.  Plus, sometimes I stare off into space, and it is a way for my mind to relax.

I am a 22 year old, breastfeeding, cosleeping, organic food eating, delayed vaxing, non-circing, Republican, book reading, non-formula feeding, non-fluoride using, sah mom of two perfect boys and wife to my best friend.

by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 8:30 PM
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by on Apr. 9, 2009 at 1:06 PM

That's great!  DOn't ever blame yourself for your son's speech delay, it's not your fault...and I would get frustrated with my son's hard not to sometimes, but everything will be okay. 

Nicole, wife to Rich and mom to

baby girl             toddler boy      

Bevin 02/24/09       Hayden 08/30/06

by Bronze Member on Apr. 9, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Sounds like you are on your way to resolving a lot of problems! I hope the tubes clear things up quickly!  I still get frustrated with Jake sometimes... mostly frustrated at myself for not being able to understand "eveything" he says... but it's no body's fault, it's what we're dealing with. We as parents just have to learn along with them.

I just recently found out my son may be needing tubes.. I will find out more next week. I always questioned his ability to hear things clearly based on some of the words he says and the way he says them... I wish my docs would've been more concerned in the beginning like I was, instead of waiting and saying.. "Oh, he should be talking clearer than that!"  I say to them.... "DUH!"

Good luck with the appointments, and hold off on any Autism screening until after all of the ear problems are resolved. They can't really get an accurate diagnosis of that before 3 anyways...  focus on one major thing at a time.. and failing a hearing test is major!

by on Apr. 9, 2009 at 9:48 PM

For the last year my son's doctor and even family members said boys take longer to learn to talk and I shouldn't worry about it.  The women from the early start told me if the doctors would just test their hearing at the first signs of delay, it would make things so much easier for everyone.  Because CJ's ears have been full of fluid for so long, there could be damage to them... especially the right one, which is the worse one.  Today I noticed him batting at his right ear.  I feel so bad for him.  That is probably so painful. 

by New Member on Apr. 11, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Also check out the group: Moms of sensational kids. This group has some insight into sensory disorders that can contribute to speech delays. You can check if your child has any of the symptoms and ask your doctor to refer you to an occupational specialist so that they can help you with a diagnosis. This is in the case that you notice he still has some issues with the speech after he has his tubes put in. I hope everything goes well.

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