Moms of non-talkers

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Just wondering how it's going in the speech/language department for you and your LOs. Any new words or language 'explosions'? Ben is still stuck at about 5 words, and he has yet to put 2 words together. I have just filled out the paperwork for a speech assessment, so it will likely take many more months before he is seen. We filled out the forms for DD back in September (she stutters) and her assessment is tomorrow.

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Let us know how the assessment goes!

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Good luck and KUP on the assessments!

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I hope that Claire's assessment goes well and that you hear sooner for Ben too! Smile

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Good luck with the assessments! I hope you get Ben's sooner rather than later.

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Claire's assessment went 'well'. Her stutter was quite pronounced during the session - the therapist identified all 3 issues - blocking, prolongation and repetition - and also noted her lisp and a different issue that we were not aware of: she is trying to talk when inhaling, instead of inhaling and then talking on the exhale. It's not all the time, just some of the time. She is definitely in need of therapy, which will be once a week for 45 minutes, for as long as it takes. It might take a bit of time before we start since there's (again) a bit of a wait list, but the therapist said she is going to try to get Claire in as soon as possible.

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I hope Claire can get help soon, and hopefully Ben can get an assessment soon too!

We had Kieran evaluated by Early Intervention, and he qualified for speech therapy. He has only had 2 sessions so far. Since we had the evaluation, he has made a couple advancements- he nods/shakes his head for yes and no and also says "no" on a regular basis. He says "dada" or "daddy", less regularly. He has also been better at sometimes trying to repeat a word when you ask him to. These things started before he started therapy so I'm thinking maybe he's making progress on his own and hopefully the therapy will help. He really wants to talk, he uses jargon ALL the time, the words just aren't coming out right.

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Jessica, I did also mention Ben to the therapist today. I told her he only has a handful of words and has never put 2 words together. She said that most kids need a vocab of about 50 words before they start putting them together.:eek: I think we might be waiting a while for 2-word sentences! We have his assessment package all filled out, needless to say. She said a good tool is to give him choices when trying to teach him new words, like holding up milk and juice and then asking him "Do you want milk or juice?" so that he can visually identify each and make his own choice using the word, instead of pointing or saying "Yes" when we ask "Do you want milk?".

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Sounds like Claire's appointment was very thorough. I am glad you are able to get her in for therapy (despite the wait).

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We had Joey assessed back in January and we qualified. We have been doing speech therapy for months now (weekly) and he is definalty improving. We are still light years behind children of the same age but I'm glad we are improving. We have 30 or so words (well sounds that represtent words. He says Na for banana, Ba for Berries, that kind of thing).

We are having problems with anything that has 2 syllables. I starting to get Mama out of him but I have to pick him up and bounce him with each syllable so he feels it.

I'm glad Claire's assesment went well. Good Luck with Ben's. Keep us posted.

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Hi, I am Jess. I mod the speech and language board here and I am also a speech language pathologist.

Just wanted to invite you all to the speech board. Link is in my siggy.

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http://www.stutteringhelp.org/ has some great vids on childern and various stuttering issues. I was a severe stutter and went through a lot of therapy through ~5th grade when it began to resolve. I've been researching it recently because Mia is starting to show signs. She's still young for it, and it's possible her repetition is normal, but with my history I worry.

As for non-talkers, Ana is in this category. She understands, but she doesn't say much beyond squeals and babbles. Just this past week or so she's actually started using words, but she doesn't say a total of 10 and most certainly doesn't put two or more words together. I'm not overly concerned yet because she babbles a lot and she understands a large vocab. She also communicates more "words" with actions regularly even though she doesn't speak them.

I think she doesn't say words because she doesn't have to. Her sisters do a lot of talking for her. After I realized how far behind at this age she is when compares to her sisters, I've trying to be conscious of getting her to use words more. I know she can say "up" so I don't pick her up until she says it. Things like that.