I had my now - 11 month old formally evaluated yesterday for speech therapy. He is only squeaking and grunting and has only in the last two days really developed a separate sound for a word - a distinct squeak for the word "more". (Which totally figures because the boy lives to eat, so there's the motivation lol!)
He qualified for ST once a week, which is a lot for his age. They feel he has oral/motor issues, which means that the muscles around his mouth and tongue are not strong or coordinated enough to make sound or effectively swallow food. So I'm really happy I went ahead with the eval (I had a lot of people give me the whole "over-reacting mommy" attitude) and now he can get the help he needs. (THis also explains much of the initial issues we had BFing, another area I got a lot of crap for...good thing I am so hard-headed).
Anyway, if any of you have concerns about these types of things I would never hesitate to talk to your pedi or call your county Early Intervention program. The eval is free, and if they don't qualify then you will at least get tips about how to do things at home to help your child progress in areas of concern.
It is hard to believe, isn't it? I got lots of video but no still pictures, hopefully I can figure out how to make one from the other so I have stuff to hang on the walls. Eli is officially walking now (we joke that he looks like Frankenstein after a few beers) and will probably be running before we know it lol. Personally, I don't miss being pregnant so much and I don't miss those first four months...but every thing after that I do. (I got puked on a lot. I don't miss that!! ) He does seem to have gotten really big really fast and I am trying to prolong every little hug and kiss I can get, because I'm afraid they won't last much longer.View Thread
Stuff her with food during the day so she is not hungry at night. That's what works for us - we can tell if DS had enough to eat during the day if he sleeps well...otherwise, not so much! I think we really underestimate how much that kid can put away in one sitting sometimes.View Thread
There's no right or wrong number, as long as baby is growing well then I think what works for you is what is best. My DS is 11 months and nurses 4-5 times per day. (Morning, night time, before naps). He also eats three meals of solids and will have snacks in between some days as well.View Thread
My daughter vomited like that until she was 10 months old...we gave her yogurt one day and she vomited and broke out in hives. Turns out she has a severe milk allergy. We were told it was reflux too, and it might have been that as well, but it was the milk all along. I breastfed her and even then the milk proteins affected her system - so I would definitely do some allergy testing just to rule that out. An allergist can also point you to other GI issues to explore and give referrals from there. I would insist on both skin and blood testing from the allergist - skin tests give out many false positives (but rarely false negatives, if that helps). I would pursue allergy testing, GI testing, whatever you need to in order to get to the bottom of this.
DS is having fun exploring the kitchen these days. His favorite toys are an empty water jug, anything tupperware he can get his hands on, and an empty fruit cup that we use for DD's art supplies (they make great paint cups). THere are toys all over the house but he screams if he can't take his plastic Tupperware lid with him everywhere LOL. Oh, and an empty plastic sugar container apparently makes a fantastic drum. Gotta love this age...
Hi all. Moving up from the 6-9 boards, if there is anyone here who posts regularly.
I had a social worker form the county come by yesterday to screen DS for a speech evaluation. He does not make any speech sounds at all, just a few grunts, otherwise he is a really quiet little guy. (We joke that my DD does not let him get a word in edgewise LOL). My DD, who is 4, has an expressive delay so this is not a huge shock to us.
Anyway, DS qualifies to go forward with a full evaluation. (In this state, they screen first - the last state I lived in just sent someone out to do a full eval). I could not answer "yes" to even one of her screening questions so there was no question he needs to be evaluated. We go in two weeks to get the full eval. Hopefully we can get the little guy some help nice and early and get him up to speed quickly.