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May 25th, 2011, 08:10 AM
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My 26 month old son does not talk. To me, he is just fine but he was very slow to walk and just did not talk-a quiet happy child. We have had therapy for physical movement-he walks now with some falls so that has ended. He currently has occupational therapy-he has weak hands and tone response (who knew-he uses his thumbs on everything and can pinch like the dickens). We are to start speech therapy sometime soon. He goes to a children's center 3 times weekly for socialization and they seem to think many of his problems are due to bottle drinking at home and that he is an only child. I don't think he eats much and he will not drink from any of the 17 sippy cups we have bought. He sometimes will drink from a straw but he just goes to the refrig when he is thirsty and gets a bottle. My husband does most care as I work full-time. I think my son is tall and personable and he is almost a head taller than the others in his room at day care. I asked and the room teacher said all the children are the same age. Today I took a personal leave day and when I dropped him off at day care, the center director asked for a hearing study in conjunction with the OT.
My son passed all newborn tests and at one year I discussed with pediatrician his non-verbal behavior. She thought he could hear based on his response to voices and so forth. He had about a month ago a double ear infection which is the first one as far as I know. He can scream and cry loudly, he repeats mommommommom when he wants something from me and I think he sort of mentions popopopop for dad. He will come from another room if called and do some of what he is asked much of the time-perhaps he is modeling behavior from day care. But he uses no recognizable words--he seems to like music and at times I have thought he sang in the car with a song sort of an ahhhhhyaaaa sound.
There is nothing I would not provide for him but I am feeling like the world's worst mom. Which things are important and what exactly should I do to assess if hearing is the problem? What other things beyond what a bad mom I am could be in this mess of my happy little fellow? i would appreciate anything about various additional possibiilties. I just sort of thought he would talk when he felt like it. My mom is dead so I can not ask her but I do recall my family commented that I did not talk until I was 3. I read and talked very well when I was 4.
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May 25th, 2011, 10:31 AM
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I think, from the things you described, that you're right on it probably not being a hearing issue - however, I would contact your pediatrician and request a hearing check just in case. It could be that he has a mild to moderate loss, so he's hearing but not necessarily making out what the words are.

Also, I would get him evaluated in general; it sounds he like has "enough" going on that there may be some kind of underlying cause - a virus, a gene, a syndrome. Again, it's perfectly possible that there's not a thing wrong and that's just how he is...but IMO, it never hurts to do the tests and make sure. Early intervention is KEY in a lot of areas, and it sounds like you've been getting some (which is GREAT!). I know you discussed his non-verbal nature at 1 year, but that's so young that new things may have some up again... I'd definitely touch base back with your pedi about it.

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