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Very speech delayed. user banned
13th Jul '12

Anyone on here have a severely speech delayed child ? & by that I mean, like 3+ & very far behind, not like 1.5 years. By what age were they finally starting to talk in a somewhat normal fashion ? Were there any underlying issues ? What helped them out ? Feel free to share anything.



My son is 3, he turns 4 next month though, & has a very limited vocabulary. He can say mama, papa, taw taw (Thomas the Train :lol:), up, yea, no, pwah (please), bah bah (bye bye), jew (juice haha), pah (poo), mah (more)... um maybe a few more but that's it. he signs some things too like: sleep, eat, drink, juice, potty... he mainly gestures, points, & grunts.



He is not autistic, he understands a lot of what people tell him. He was crawling @ 8 months, walking unassisted @ 12 months, he potty trained himself at 30 months (exactly 2.5 yrs).



The past two Fridays he has been taken to the Speech & Language Department of C.U. Boulder for more extensive observations/evaulation. 3 hours both times. Today they told me that they strongly suspect he has childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), which is a disorder. So there isn't a 'cure' I don't think. They suggested therapy 2-3 times a wk in a more clinical environment (he's been doing speech therapy 1 time a wk at the house). I really don't know anything about apraxia.



Maybe I'm just tired but I feel completely worn out & I feel like I'm about to have an emotional breakdown.

user banned 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 12410 posts
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Ꭶwan♥Nemo 1 child; Kansas City, Missouri 7416 posts
13th Jul '12

My sister was/is very speech delayed. For a long time her speech was akin to a 3-5 year old. She still takes speech therapy at her school. Shes 11, almost 12 years old now and is much better. She still has trouble pronouncing a lot though, but shes very understandable.



p.s she has asbergers, so i dont know if thats any bearing at all

Meece Due July 29; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; New Zealand 514 posts
13th Jul '12

My first was/is like that. Once she started kindy and had to communicate with other kids, she got wayyy better. I think there's more motivation for them to communicate with their peers. Does your LO see much of other children?
She still has lots of trouble with pronunciation but her vocabulary had increased x10.

ma ♥ 1 child; California 63053 posts
13th Jul '12

I have a friend who has a 4yr old nephew who still "baby talks"... But the parents aren't concerned, although I would be. Sorry I don't have much advice :oops: Good luck though, try not to stress too much!! Is Rocco in preschool or anything?

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13th Jul '12
Quoting Meece:" My first was/is like that. Once she started kindy and had to communicate with other kids, she got wayyy ... [snip!] ... your LO see much of other children? She still has lots of trouble with pronunciation but her vocabulary had increased x10."


yea, he spent the past year in preschool w/ others. he has another year of pre-k before he goes into kindergarden though. I hope he learns pronounciation better so that if his vocab goes up, people will actually know wtf he is saying. that's good about your daughter though ! was there not anything else going on?

user banned Due March 21; 1 child; Colorado 67779 posts
13th Jul '12
Quoting ma ♥:" I have a friend who has a 4yr old nephew who still "baby talks"... But the parents aren't concerned, ... [snip!] ... be. Sorry I don't have much advice :oops: Good luck though, try not to stress too much!! Is Rocco in preschool or anything?"


people have been telling me not to worry, that he'll start talking 'any day now' for years. I'm sick of it. I'm also sick of people asking me, "so is he talking yet?" & acting like he is mentally retarded or something :? & yea he is in preschool, not over the summer though. thanks lol it's okay if you don't have much advice :lol:

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Vivialopod 2 kids; Vantaa, Finland 42775 posts
13th Jul '12

My sister was severely speech delayed for a long time. I'm not sure exactly what age she started to catch up at was, but it was well into elementary school. Maybe 10 or so.



Never did find out why. She wasn't diagnosed with anything, had her head scanned a ton of times, was in therapy for years... she just didn't want to speak I guess.

thechelseamonster 2 kids; Colorado 29568 posts
13th Jul '12

Apraxia has been put on the table for dude too. He isn't as delayed as rocco, but he's not as old. Lol. he seems to be improving dramatically though, so I'm pretty sure that isn't the case.
i have a cousin that has a little guy with cas. He's five and says maybe three words, but he will spell out what he's saying to you with an alphabet mat, or point and gesture. Super smart kid, just can't speak. I know they do speech therapy and he's in school. They say improvement will either happen or it won't, but there's no way to say.

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<blockquote><b>Quoting thechelseamonster:</b>" Apraxia has been put on the table for dude too. He isn't as delayed as rocco, but he's not as old. Lol. ... [snip!] ... know they do speech therapy and he's in school. They say improvement will either happen or it won't, but there's no way to say."</blockquote>




That's good he's improving a lot !! That probably relieves you lol. I'm just anxious about it all, SO is all nonchalant about it, "oh he'll speak eventually." :roll: