Tara - posted on 03/17/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )
My 2.5yr old was diagnosed yesterday with severe expressive language delay. His receptice language is normal. His imaginitive play is right where it should be. He just talks like an 18 month old. I have guilt, mainly because I wasn't shocked by the diagnosis. He is my 3rd child, he seemd right on trach with everything until 18 months. Thats when his language didn't really progress. So for the last year I think I was in denial. I made excuses, third child, doted on alot by older siblings. He hasn't has to talk as much as them. He wants something, he has 2 very attentive parents and very attentive older siblings(6yrs and 12yrs) to wait on him. He also sat early, crawled early, walked early... Has always been ahead of the gmae physically, I'd think to myself he is just concentrating on the physical aspects of his development... Speech will come. Finally I made the appt. He does alot of "jargoning" and does say quite a few words, but not as many or as clear as he should. he puts words together but they flow together like one word "wa-de-do" Means "what did you do?"(if he sees you have a scratch or appear hurt).
So he could have been getting help much sooner, but I stalled and didn't get him assessed until now.
He is going in for a hearing test but I'm sure he can hear. I can call him from aother room and he comes. He understands and follows directions even if he is not looking at you when the words are spoken. At night we whisper things to each other and he giggles when I whisper something funny.
I feel sad for me and for him, I also feel the neeed to explain to people that he has a expressive language delay.. why.. I don't know. I shouldn't care what others think.
He is extrodinarily resourceful at letting you know what he wants. Just the other day he wanted kraft dinner. he brought the box and placed it in his dads hand. He had just eaten so we said no not right now. He pushed the box back towards his dad. His dad explained again why we weren't making KD right then. He then ran off to the kitchen grabbed a pot and the strainer and brought it back for us...
Anyway this is my story. The speech and language pathologist that saw him suggested putting him in daycare(twice weekly) so he can be around other kids his age. SHe will reasses him in July.