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September 11th, 2008, 08:39 AM
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Wow! I wish this board was around last year at this time!

I just wanted to share my son's story and give some hope to other moms out there...

Gavin didn't have any words at 18 months. Everyone kept saying he would talk when he was ready. When he was around 20 months...I was extremely worried and finally contacted the Birth to Three program in our area. They said his expressive language was at a 12 month level and his receptive was at a 14 month level. We started weekly ST, his therapist was optimistic about him but tossed around the idea of Apraxia and Autism, I was worried sick about Gavin and was 9 months pregnant with my second son. To make a long story short....fast forward to now, he's talking in full sentences, counting, asking questions and litterally talking non-stop! I truly believe that he was a classic "late bloomer". We are definately not out of the woods with him yet as his articulation definately needs some work, but I guess I just wanted to let some of the other worried moms know that these kids can make great strides! My heart goes out to any parent who has a child with a speech delay...I know how frustrating it can be for you and them!

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September 11th, 2008, 08:43 AM
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Thanks for the encouragement! I know the ladies on here sure could use it!

I also have a child who is speech delayed and it's been rough on everyone involved, especially him. He is also making great strides but as of his last assessment/IEP meeting in May, he was 5.5 years old talking at a 27 month level. But that's better than his first assessment at 3 years old, he was at a 13 month level then.
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September 11th, 2008, 08:50 AM
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Thanks for the encouragement. It is so wonderful to hear such positive stories. PLease feel free to stick around and hang out with us.
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September 11th, 2008, 09:57 AM
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Thanks! That makes me feel a little more hopeful. My DD who turns 2 this month still only says a handful of words. I am glad your son is doing better.
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September 11th, 2008, 01:21 PM
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I too am a parent of speech delayed child. My son Garrett was 18mths when we were told to contact EI (after having his hearing tested, which turned out fine) to have him evaluated. At 18mths we got no more than a grunt from him when he wanted/needed something. Once they tested him his expressive language was at a 10mth old level and his receptive was at a 13mth old level. He is now 2.5 yrs and he is just starting to put two words together. We are now working on articulation and trying to add more words to his vocabulary and sentences.

I believe in most cases it is the personality of the child on when they will talk. I say this because I have two other children one who is 6 who was speaking complete (understandable) sentences by 18mths and a 15 mth old who is hearing impaired and can only say "mama".

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September 11th, 2008, 05:22 PM
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Thank you for the encouragement! It is NEEDED! I hope to see Evan take great strides!
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