Hi, I am possibly overly concerned, but 8 yrs. I had a grandson born with a severe case of cystic fibrosis. One foot of colon taken out before he was 24 hours old and stomach feeding tube put in next day. My daughter has a beautiful little girl, Jaina, who will be 3 on June 28. She is not talking at all. I have not heard one sound out of her that sounds like a word. She seems normal, runs plays, everything seems ok, but no communication. She is in special schooling, but I see no results. When she was very young, my daughter would leave her in her play pen in front of the tv for hours. I question what part this may have played. I saw her today and when I left she seemed to be a little upset, I told her to say Bye Pa Pa, she never made anything but sounds and then started hitting herself on the head. She can hear. I read one interesting note, that one child had fluid, could hear sounds, but not well enough to discern words. Just frustrated and concerned, any encouragement appreciated. Bless all who have to watch their children suffer, I know we had all rather take the suffering for them. Jerry
Has your granddaughter been evaulated by her pediatrician or anyone else? If not, that's the place to start. If her primary years consisted of sitting in front of a tv all day, with little interaction with adults, that can certainly affect speech development, however that may or may not have anything to do with what's going on here. Can she understand what someone is saying to her? For example, if you were to say "go get the red ball," would she be able to understand? Does she make and keep eye contact? If she can ubnderstand what someone is saying, then i wouldn't worry too much. It is possible that she has something along the PDD (pervasive developmental disorder) spectrum, but she would need an evaluation by a child psychologist to determine that. I have a niece who is now 5 yrs. old, i did not hear her utter one single coherent word until she was a little over 3 yrs. old. now, she's a perfectly normal 5 yr. old that seems to never stop talking. Many kids have speech delays and wind up being perfectly normal regarding development later on. Good luck to you and your family.
Thank you for your advice and your encouragement. My granddaughter has been evaluated and has been in special development classes for at least a year and is on the waiting list at Children's hospital, in Little Rock, AR to be evaluated again. The hospital has so many cases, my daughter must wait on them to call. Jaina, my granddaughter, seems ok in all ways. She did something I had never seen before. She started walking on her toes, I mean toes only. I have never seen a dancer more on her toes, right up on the tips. She did this for a long time before she began to walk on her feet. It was very cute, I had just never seen it in any child. Jaina seems frustrated and hits herself, seemingly due to the lack of communication. I thank you for your response. Jaina does respond somewhat to vocal. She does throw things and throws things at her mother. Jaina makes some eye contact, but not as much as I think she should. When visiting, I started playing drums on the coffee table and she came and joined me. She had her back to me once and I started bumping the table with an object, fairly loud and she never turned around to see what it was. I am praying daily for her, I thank you once again for your encouragement, waiting on her to say , "Hi PaPa....smile
Her hearing has been tested, Jerry
hi i really need your help. my brother who turn 3 in june is not talkin at all he makes sounds and sreams alot when being talked to.when he was 1 1/2 years he used to say words such as tea, bye bye, thank you and careers name. at the time he was teething and after teething he stop talking and now he is just making sounds and putting his hands over his ears when being talked to. can you bhelp please
Your child reminds me of our nephew. His mother left him alone for hours when he was a baby - never cried or wanted attention. He did not say one word until he was over three years old. He also walked on his toes. He would throw tantrums and become easily frustrated. He was fascinated by drums. He was extremely sensitive to sound and sight and taste and touch. One year ago he was diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum - highly functioning - PDD-NOS (as the first reply suggested). I wish you the best ...
hi i have a three yr old girl she does speak but she seems behind when compared to other girls her age we have a hard time getting her to eat dinner and she sometimes follows directions both my nieces are autistic and im starting to worry she will start school this coming september and im worried shell be to far behind to catch up if anyone has advice please help thank you
hi i have a three year old that does not talk at all. he said three words when he was six months for a few months, and then stopped. he has some autistic tendencies like smelling things, lining things up, rocking, rocking to music, holding ears when he hears noises he don't like, flapping his arms when he is excited about something. he knows and understands things, if he wants a drink he will pull me to the refrigerator or bring me his cup. if he wants to go out side he will pull me to the door. and he does that for several things instead of talking. i have had him tested with the schools and have not got contacted back with results yet,and if he will be accepted in there Pre-K program. i have read about SPD and i think he may fall into that category also.
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