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Neurological and not Speaking?

Posted by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 7:17 PM
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Speech therapists cannot figure out why my son does not talk. He has been evaluated by many specialists and many ST's have worked with him. No progress. Autism has been ruled out.

Today another ST suggested it might be neurological, like something is short circuiting in his brain and he can't communicate.

It's not that he has never talked. He has said SOME words but he seems to forget them. He has not spoken any real words in at least two weeks.

He will be 2 in April.

She did not suggest an MRI but did say he might need to see a developmental pediatrician to discuss his issues further. I have to get my son's regular pediatrician to give me a referral and I will do that first thing tommorow morning.

I am so sick of people telling me he will talk when he is ready. That may be true but at the same time I don't want to wait until he's older to seek intervention and have there be something really wrong with him.

He also has a very bad problem with hoarding. I can't play with him with toys because he does not want me to touch his stuff. He absolutely has a meltdown if I try to touch his things, he wants everything all at once and wants to hold all of it. He does this at playgroup too and he won't play with the other kids. He won't play with toys with them but he will chase them. I can't figure out why he feels the needs to constantly have  his toys in his arms at once, he does not have brothers and sisters so it's not like he has to worry about someone taking his stuff. And he has plenty of toys so it's not like he has so little toys he feels the need to hoard the ones he does have.

I am just wondering if anyone has experienced this?

I know there has got to be SOMETHING wrong, I just don't know what it is.  When he was less than 2 months old I accidently dropped the carrier he was in and he fell out, he was not strapped in because we were walking into the house. He hit his head of course and even though all the doctors told me it would not have hurt him, I feel like maybe I broke him or something when I did that. What if he has a neurological problem because I dropped him? It wasn't that far, the carseat hit the front porch and he kinda just flopped out, but it makes me think I did something to hurt his brain or something when I dropped him.  He was also born with a birth defect of being tongue tied and that was corrected at 5 months old, so according to everyone that should not be affecting his speech.

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mitch576
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 7:21 PM
An st can not rule out autism. And a developmental pediatrician will not rule it out at only 2 yrs old either. Has he seen a neurologist? Developmental pediatrician? Psychologist? Those are rally the only ones qualified to diagnose a.s.d
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by *Shanny's Stalker* on Mar. 2, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I should have added his pedi and everyone he has seen from occupational therapist, physical therapists, etc, all say it is very unlikely he has autism. So I guess it hasn't been COMPLETELY ruled out, but enough so to the point where they are not going to do more testing to see if he has it, kwim?

No developmental pediatrician yet, I have to get the referral but when I called today they were already closed, so I will call his regular pedi tommorow to get it.

He has not seen a psychologist. No one has suggested that yet but I will bring that up when I see his ST again.

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by *Shanny's Stalker* on Mar. 2, 2011 at 7:30 PM

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by *Shanny's Stalker* on Mar. 2, 2011 at 7:36 PM

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by *Shanny's Stalker* on Mar. 3, 2011 at 8:57 AM

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Mipsy
by Platinum Member on Mar. 3, 2011 at 8:59 AM
Have they talked about apraxia? Look it up and ask about it.
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carterscutie85
by *Shanny's Stalker* on Mar. 3, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Yes, she doesn't think he has apraxia. I have to call today to get a referral to the developmental pediatrician but he has been seen by  a lot of specialists and they don't think he has that.

PeytonNBella
by on Mar. 3, 2011 at 9:02 AM
Mitch is right, you need to see someone that knows about autism to rule it out and ruling it out before 2, doesn't happen very often.
kjfamily
by on Mar. 3, 2011 at 9:04 AM
My dd did not talk till she was 3 years old. She is now a normal 9 year old.
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WickdlySweet
by on Mar. 3, 2011 at 9:05 AM
This! Therapists cannot diagnose ASD.My sons got a screening for ASD during their speech therapy evals but it is only a screening.They still had to see the neurodevelopmental pediatrician to be formally diagnosed.

Don't beat yourself up over the accident with the carrier and your son.Anything is possible but its unlikely that would cause neurological damage.Has he ever gotten an MRI to rule that out?


Quoting mitch576:

An st can not rule out autism. And a developmental pediatrician will not rule it out at only 2 yrs old either. Has he seen a neurologist? Developmental pediatrician? Psychologist? Those are rally the only ones qualified to diagnose a.s.d

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