Tomorrow my son, who will be 2 years old in August, has a doctors appointment to get his ears checked and a hearing test. I requested it because he doesn't speak clearly and so many people have told me to get a hearing test because he may not be hearing the words correctly. He leaves the first sound off of everything... EXAMPLE: star= ar, cheese= eese, shoes= get what I am saying. I have tried day after day to repeat a word only to hear him say it the same way a thousand times! We have tried pictures, flash cards, walking around asking him what something is, ETC. And he knows everything, it just comes out funny. Where I live you NEED a Dr referral to get into speech. I am hoping that they give it to us because I am almost at a point where I feel like I have tried everything without making progress. I am also extremely nervous and sick to my stomach about this appointment because I am worried they might tell me he needs surgery on his ears (tubes) or something else is wrong. I know he is still young and there are going to be many people telling me that BUT I think if you work with a child all day everyday (I'm a SAHM) you should see some improvement. Does ANYONE else have this problem or anything similar???

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 6:30 PM Hang in there! I am sure they will give you some info tomorrow and it may not be as bad as you are thinking. And even IF there is a problem, knowing is better than wondering day after day!!

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 6:56 PM Thank you and yes, I would definitely want to KNOW rather than wonder! lol. It is just stressful but I will find out tomorrow. All I was really hoping to get out of this journal post is for some people to say, "Oh yea, that happened to my child and they are fine now" LOL... no such luck so far. BTW... thanks for the bump!

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Jun. 4, 2008 at 12:40 PM Fight for it.... My son had only a 40 word vocab at 2.5 yrs old. He said things weird, too, as you describe. Would yell and scream in frustration because he couldn't communicate his needs effectively. I happened to get a wonderful pediatrician (he had been around quite a while... I had seen him as a kid a few times even) at the clinic we were going to and he told me "You are the mother, if YOU think there is a problem, then there is most likely a problem. We will get it figured out."  He referred my son not only for hearing evaluations but called the county social services early intervention program and got him an evaluation through them. He was diagnosed with an Auditory Processing disorder.  My son almost immediately got services... early intervention program right away, then at 3 yrs old preschool program for kids with special needs that he continued in until kindergarten, and was easily transitioned into a Special Needs classroom for kids with "Communicative Disorders" (speech, auditory processing, etc, they even had a kid who was legally blind in that classroom because he kind of didn't fit anywhere else). My son thrived in there, and was eventually transitioned into regular ed classes. He is now 13, and still gets some language therapy once a week in school because it is still impacting his reading comprehension. I hope things work out for you and your son!!

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Jun. 4, 2008 at 6:25 PM I just wanted to say my son is 2 in july and his vocab is somewhat like your sons. His peditrician says it is normal. Im not concerned at all. He is getting better though, so maybe that is why I am at ease. We counted up the words he says, even if not all that well and wrote them all down for the doc and they seemed pleased. That know your son best, so if you are really concerned, by all means get the tests. Boys in general get vocabulary a little later than girls. And my son's vocab really sparked out of nowhere 2 weeks ago. He went from saying around 10 words to trying to say everything he hears and practicing more.

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