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Preston's appointment

Apr 29, 2014 - 8 comments

Preston has to go see a specialist the beginning of June. He'll be 20 months next week and has maybe 6 words in his vocabulary. They'll do a hearing test and then a consult with this specialist. This Dr is an otolaryngologist (wth?!?!) I'm not sure why my family doctor referred him to a head and neck surgeon.

I don't think his hearing is an issue cause he understands commands and hears everything we say.

I don't know why she wouldn't have just sent him to a speech and language pathologist. But we'll see what this Dr says and go from there.

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by MeYeah, Apr 29, 2014
We are having a small speech delay too. My son talks all day long but only has half words and no multi syllabic words and no one can really understand him expect for me and my husband (even he has issues though). He tries but he doesn't have the right sounds.  

The doctor said a lot can change in 2 months (we are @ 22m) and so at his 2 year if things don't improve she is going to send us to speech therapy as well.

good luck mama!

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by mhv, Apr 29, 2014
Drake is the same.  Called a speech therapist, they said if he is calling me mom and dad dad, that's a good start.  They said to give him until he is 2.  She said he wouldnt qualify for help as of now.   She Said to call back if he regressed....


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by mhv, Apr 29, 2014
I have been having him repeat words back to me...home, tree, grass, flower, car, ect....I am doing it every day, several times a day...it does seem to be working....

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by Shannon79, Apr 29, 2014
Thanks meyeah!

My Dr didn't seem concerned either. I think she's erring on the side of caution. Start addressing it now so it doesn't become a problem later.

Mhv- I do that with Preston too. And we look at picture books and when he points at a picture, I tell him what it is. He has no desire to repeat the words after me

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by mhv, Apr 29, 2014
I always ask them if they can say ... Green, house, home ect.....Then they both repeat it :).  

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by retta483, Apr 29, 2014
none of my five boys really talked until 2 1/2 3 my ped called him lazy made me mad but he wasnt he was a slow talker was all.

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by heather727, Apr 30, 2014
I think as long as he understand you, that's the most important part. Every child developes their language skills at different times. My son wasn't very chatty but my daughter, who is almost the same age as Preston, talks up a storm and repetes everything I say. Every. Single. Word. lol

I'm sure all is fine with him, but fingers crossed just the same! :)

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by Shannon79, Apr 30, 2014
Mhv - That's a good way to do it. I'll try it that way. When we're looking at picture books, I don't say "where's the monkey?". I say "show mommy the monkey". Apparently they learn faster doing it that way according to my Dr. Not sure if it works or not.

Retta - That's a nice Dr. Some Dr's have no bedside manners at all!

Heather - It is true every child develops at a different pace. Reilly had a speech and language pathologist as well because of lack of speech. He saw her for quite a while. And my husband's oldest son (from a previous marriage) has a speech impediment. Not sure if speech is a hereditary thing or not, but it seems to be a pattern.

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