Speech Delay with Preemies

Crystal - posted on 08/10/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering if your preemie was speech delayed and when did they start talking in 2-3 word sentences??

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Arly - posted on 06/18/2013

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Hi everyone, I am a mom of a preemie son who is now 2 years old. He has been born at 28 weeks and had all kinds of complication. Stayed for 6 months in the hospital. He is now in good health, but can not talk yet. He has been going to speech therapy, where the therapist tells me he can talk but doesn't want to. He hasn't said one word yet, only screams. We are training his "a" "o" "ou", brrr, which he can do, but only when he wants to. I would appreciate your advise experience on this matter. ThnQ U

Tricia - posted on 03/30/2011

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my 28 weeker (girl) was extremely articulate - remember to correct their age - I had to do this until she was 4yrs - girls do tend to speak earlier than boys - again when they are contcentrating on one area of development eg speech one area must wait eg gross motor. My preemie is now 13yrs and doing extremely well academically ( and socially) - relax all will be good!

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Kenny - posted on 10/04/2011

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My preemie had a speech delay. He didn't start really talking until he was between 2 and 3. He still doesn't speak in completely full sentences, but we can understand him pretty well. He might have a problem hearing correctly though. My sister's son was even more preemie and he didn't speak much until after they had tubes put in his ears to drain them. Then he could understand others and pronounce things better, but he wasn't extremely articulate until between 3 and 4.

Caron - posted on 05/16/2011

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My LG is 16 months old born at 31 weeks & she calls me mommy & counts till three. She constantly amazes me. Total opposite to my son, who was not a preemie but only started speaking after 3 yrs. So it really depends on the child. But if worried, ask your doc at your next check up. Good luck.

Hope - posted on 05/16/2011

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My son, almost 1 yr still only says one or 2 words, but a lot of baby-talk and sounds. I just bought a baby sign language book, which I think will help us both communicate better. I know preemies often take at least a yr before they are caught up to their non-preemie peers. :)

Beth - posted on 04/01/2011

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Each preemie is different. It can be so frustrating. My daughter has CP and had 2 brain bleeds. She began talking around 3 and now at 5 is making jokes and having conversations.. but ones a normally developing 3 yr old would have.

It never hurts to get an evaluation for Early Intervention or an IEP for therapy in classroom settings. Peyton's Peer program at the K4 program at the Elem school was priceless to us.

Tricia - posted on 03/30/2011

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my 28 weeker (girl) was extremely articulate - remember to correct their age - I had to do this until she was 4yrs - girls do tend to speak earlier than boys - again when they are contcentrating on one area of development eg speech one area must wait eg gross motor. My preemie is now 13yrs and doing extremely well academically ( and socially) - relax all will be good!

Crystal - posted on 08/26/2009

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Thank you for all your responces, in the past few days Brianah now 22 months old has said I WANT TO HAVE A BATH and also I WANT TO EAT so i am very happy that is 4 words into one phrase

Sandra - posted on 08/17/2009

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I have a 6 year old that is speech delayed as well as other delays. Yes, she was preemie but did not really start talking until nearly 3. However, she is hearing impaired and was neglected by her birth mother. I took over care at 20 months and it was like caring for a 6 month old. She was crawling but not much else. This baby is also product of meth and other street drugs and mom was a heavy smoker as well as alcohol. Only now are we realizing the damage caused by all the factors: preemie, neglected, meth, street drugs, alcohol, heavy smoker. It all adds up. Today, she is doing well. Still behind but doing ok. She is repeating kindergarten this year but that is ok. Academically, she is catching up and is only about 6 months behind her peers. Physically, she has challenges. The earlier you can intervene with speech and language and other therapies, the better. Good luck to you.

Lindsay - posted on 08/17/2009

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My duaghter is getting a speech evaluation tomorrow. She's 19 mos (16adj) and has a very minimal vocabulary, but does try to copy words and sounds.

Amanda - posted on 08/15/2009

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This is one thing that I don't understand about my preemie daughter, she is just now two and speaks extremely well and has for a very long time. She can speak up to 6-8 word sentences, sometimes even longer. And her pronounciation is wonderful.

Crystal - posted on 08/13/2009

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Thanks Everyone, my daughter is 22 months old right now and is starting to say 2-3 words at a time so she is getting there i am gonna do a self refferal for speech and langusge.

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at 18 months my 24 weeker had no useful expressive language so we started speech therapy. by 24 months she had 30 words but wasn't speaking in sentences for another 6 months. However, she did have good receptive language all along - that is, she understand what was said to her and could follow directions.

Tifani - posted on 08/11/2009

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My daugter had a speech delay and she started talking in 2-3 word sentences when she was 2 1/2. Every child is different and some may start before that age. My daughter just got discharged in December because she had met all her goals in speech and the most part was being around other children her age and me workiing with her at home with the activities her speech pathologist gave me for homework.

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