Forum: Children with Developmental Delays and Disorders
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I'm Kim - mom of 5 kids ages from 14-2yrs. My fourth child, Connor (4yrs), has been in speech therapy for a couple of months now. I knew he had speech issues, and I also thought he was a little immature for his age (emotionally). He is like a different child since his fourth birthday, so thankfully his behavior isn't an issue anymore. BUT he has communication issues that we now know go beyond just speech articulation problems. We have been working on learning colors for a year now (maybe longer). My 2yo knows them pretty well, but Connor can't identify them if you ask him what color an object is. If you have multiple objects all different colors out on the floor and ask him "which one is red (or blue or green, etc)" then he can point it out correctly. He can sort items based on color/size etc. I know he understands us, but he can't communicate effectively with us. Instead of speaking in full sentences, half of what he is trying to say he acts out like a game of charades. He uses non-desctript words also (ex " My speech teacher goes like this, and then this, and ummmmhmmmm" to tell me that his speech teacher made him flashcards.). His speech therapist told me she suspects a language disorder and told me today she thinks he has problems with word finding. She said she would have to research it some more, but she knows they usually don't test kids as young as Connor. Given that his communication skills are so lacking, but his undersanding is above average she thinks this may be his problem. Does anyone here have a child with this problem? It is heartbreaking because other kids make fun of him acting out what he is trying to say. Even adults give me a sideways look when Connor tries to talk. I guess I just want to find out more about this - is it a lifelong thing? He is just such a sweet kid and I don't want him to struggle with making friends or struggle with school work either. TIA for anyone with any insights!
Josh and Kim - proud parents to Byron, Elijah, Abigail, Connor, Kara, and Baby