Lisa - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
I have a 22 month old son who has a speech therapist come every Friday. He has always been 'the last" to do something but when he does he does it with perfection. Examples include not walking until he was 17 months, but it wasn't just a few steps and then he fell, he cleared the living room. Crawling was the same way, 8 months but took off. So I never thought anything about him not making a sound. I also didn't think he had any hearing issues since he passes his newborn hearing test faster than any other child they have seen (or the doctors told me).
Then we went to his 18 month check up in November and the doctor began asking if he was doing certain things. All his motor skills were off the charts - he does things some 3 and 4 year olds can't, like standing on one leg and throwing/catching a ball with his hands - but the speech was at most a 10 month old level. So they referred us to Early On for speech therapy. We then were assigned a therapist in December and we are currently on our 7 session with minimal progress. He now can make a sound (like 'duh' or 'ma') but he can't associate it with anything. So if you ask him for example who I am - he does not say anything like "mom" but can randomly make the "mah" sound (just like babbling). He can't repeat or mimic you when you say a word either. So I am frustrated that I can't communicate with my child (not to mention we have a 6 wk old so that adds to the frustration. I am not sure he understands me when I say " watch out for your brother or even this is your brother).
This last session it was suggested he may have Speech Aprexia. He is WAY to social to be autistic, but we were really thinking that could be a possibility because of the things he does. At this point we are looking for any and all information we can find. Granted he is a bit to early to get a diagnosis, we are treating it like this is the issue to get him some help early. If this isn't te issue we hope he will still benefit from the help/suggestion we get or find.
Any other moms out there have/are dealing with this? Any help would be great or sharing you frustrations. It would help to see we are not alone.