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January 17th, 2008, 04:35 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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My son was premature, 27 weeks. I just got a referral from the doc for my son to be evaluated, it says on it he has mild developpemental delays. His ped never really told us anything, until that referral.
I know my son has a brain cyst. I asked for a scan. We got a neurological evaluation instead. What does it mean??
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January 18th, 2008, 08:56 AM
fiefer87's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Welcome, I am mommy to a 5 year old with extensive global developmental delays. I am not sure if I will be able to answer your questions without a little more info. How old is your son now? Have you looked at the milestones charts for his age and compared it to your son? They are not precise for each child as each child develops individually, but should give you an idea of the things he should be doing. My dd was not a preemie, so I am not 100% sure, but I believe that some level of developmental delays in fairly common. Have you asked on the preemie board? They may be able to give you better advice.

In regards to the brain cyst, sometimes brain structure abnormalities can affect development. My dd has multiple brain structure anomalies and it has affected her development. The neurologist will be able to determine if the cyst is affecting other areas of the brain and possibly leading to the delays. Definately meet with the neuro people and make sure you ask them for a scan, though I have a feeling they will be requesting one.

MIld developmental delays means your son is slightly behind in his development for other peers of his age. When he is evaluated, they will determine the extent of delays in percentages and determine if he qualifies for any services, speech, OT, PT, and will set him up with these services. They will help him get back on track with his development and help keep him from falling further behind.

But definately consider posting your question on the preemie board, as they may be able to give you better advice.
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January 19th, 2008, 11:58 AM
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Thanks. My son is 11 months corrected age and almost 14months actual age. I have a list of things my son should be doing for his age. Indeed he is a little behind. He sat, rolled, crawled late. He is not walking yet. He does not wave yet. But as a baby, I did everything late. I am wondering if he is not just like me. Maybe it is not his prematurity. Meeting with the doc will tell me more. I will talk about it on the preemies board. Thanks.
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