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Old May 11th, 2013, 20:50 PM   11
veganmama
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yes my LO is behind although deep down i dont think there is anything wrong with him, i think he's just slow because of his personality.

some things he still doesn't do now at 15 months are:

feed himself....or eat any solids for that matter
use a sippy cup
say any words
walk
try and mimik any actions i do
follow simple commands like (clap you hands, wave byebye, where is ball)

i've contacted early intervention and waiting to hear back from them, but not because i really believe something is wrong with him. i contacted them so maybe they can help motivate him to want to learn as i dont think he's interested



 
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Old May 12th, 2013, 08:55 AM   12
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veganmama I hope they're able to help you x

Thomas' next speech language appointment is June 18th. I'm surprised and a little worried as they said they wouldn't see him again for months.



 
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Old May 12th, 2013, 17:48 PM   13
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My son was diagnosed with a development delay at about 18 months - for him it wA gross motor. He crawled at 21 months and walked at 25 months. He is now just over three and although a bit behind he is fine - he started main stream pre-school a few weeks ago with his twin brother and is now walking/ talking etc. My advice just try andgo withthe flow sometimes they are just really over cautious and it turns out to be nothing xxx



 
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Old May 14th, 2013, 17:46 PM   14
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My son was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay at around 20mo (can't remember exactly now) - his delay was in gross motor skills and speech. He was referred quite early because he was flagged due to hypotonia (low muscle tone) and hypermobility of his joints. He was quite delayed with things like getting himself into sitting, crawling and rolling (all at 13mo) and was only a little late relatively with walking, though he was very unsteady for a long time. His speech was a concern younger than 2 because he didn't make any sounds (babbling etc). Had he been babbling they wouldn't have pushed speech until he was around 2 if there was no improvement. His speech was pretty non-existent until around 2.5, got better by 3 and now is much better. It has improved enough that we are continuing with our plan to send him to the mainstream french school in the area with continued speech therapy and help there.

They still are questioning things like mild autism due to his delays as well as some other things (sensory issues around food, behaviour issues, etc) but at this point he is doing so so so amazing. So much better than I feared at 20mo - he is an adorable and perfect and has so much personality, is so smart and very observant. I do worry about school starting already for him. He is born at the very end of the year which means he is the youngest in the class, so his delays might be even more apparent. But he has always surprised me with his abilities, determination and resilience when it comes to things I worry he won't be able to handle.

Anyway, am I babbling now? lol All this to say that your son is quite young and you might find that he surprises you. And remember that milestones are milestones no matter if they are early or late - all are deserving of celebration. Hugs to you!

Edit: Also my 18mo daughter doesn't say anything either, but I'm not worried yet as she babbles loads, understands what we say, and communicates well. Her speech would probably be considered at a 12mo level, but I wouldn't agree with that even though she has no words if you know what I mean.



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Old May 14th, 2013, 17:54 PM   15
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Thank you both your stories are really encouraging. I'm starting to feel calmer as Thomas is such an outgoing child and always babbling. He's trying to do new things too so that's a bonus!!

Once I know more I'll update thank you all though the advice has been great xx



 
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Old May 15th, 2013, 08:56 AM   16
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Hi,
My son also has development delays in everything.
I do feel on a bit of a roller coaster with all the appointments and not really knowing what anyone is thinking! Lennie is being referred to a specialist Health Visitor who can arrange further tests to see if there is a reason behind his delays. So I feel thankful we might find out why but at the same time scared of what they are going to tell me.
I have a great OH and family but I feel bad going on about it all the time to them. My OH tells me not to worry and is more relaxed about it all where I think I do the worrying for both of us.
I don't really have any advice because I struggle myself but just thought i'd let you know you arent alone and it really helps to have people who can understand how you feel. xx



 
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Old May 15th, 2013, 08:58 AM   17
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Rachel I'm exactly the same. My oh is so calm and tells me he's fine but I just can't help but think 'what if' and when I found out immediate family have problems too I worried even more!



 
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Old Jul 1st, 2013, 06:21 AM   18
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Hello everyone, I've not updated for a while but we have a few answers (and lots more questions!!).

Thomas has been diagnosed with GDD. Behind in everything, severely in speech. SALT is going well. He is going to be put into group sessions that do not sign (he is not interested at all).

We're still waiting for Portage.

We saw a medical examiner (for an accident me and Thomas had last February). The GDD was mentioned so one theory is that the accident may have caused it. The doctor has referred Thomas to a paediatric neurologist. I hope we get an appointment through very soon.

Thomas had a hearing appointment today and he has glue ear which explains why his hearing isn't where it should be. The doctor said it's not bad enough to be the cause of his speech delay but if they examined him tomorrow it could be better/worse. They will see him again in 4 months and if the glue ear is still there they will think about grommets.

One other possible theory is that T could have Fragile X Syndrome. It's possible the GDD could be genetic anyway because my dad has learning disabilities himself. We were meant to speak to a paediatrician today but that didn't happen so I'm not entirely sure who to speak to about this. The neurologist maybe? I'm not sure. I'm not going to worry about that for the moment anyway.

We're done with appointments for now, he has a hypoplasia check up on his birthday but that's nothing to do with his GDD.

Hope you're all well!



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2013, 09:55 AM   19
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Hi ladies.

Just this past Monday my lil girl was diagnosed as having developmental delays. She had a traumatic birth and has always been a little behind in gross and fine motor. I brought this up repeatedly to her first pediatrician only to be told to "wait and see" several times. The whole time I just had a feeling something was wrong. She didn't master sitting until around 9 months, crawled at 12.5 months, started cruising around 13 months. She cruises and crawls well but still cannot stand or walk unaided. All steps are on her toes She is seeing a pediatric neurologist Aug 6. She also has amblyopia and will be seeing an eye doc next Tuesday. I'm terrified she has Cerebral Palsy or Autism. We're starting First Steps, its like early intervention, and going through the testing phase of everything. I feel like a fish out of water



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2013, 10:09 AM   20
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Sequeena T is a doll. I love the specs(glasses), he looks like such a smart handsome lil man



 
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