April - posted on 12/20/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )
Happy Holidays to every one!
My son 5.5 years has speech delay with SPD. It has been a very difficult road. The Early Intervention program in NYC was wonderful from 18-36 months and after that with the help of early learning center where he continue receive SP & OT his progress was tremendous considering that at 18 months he was practically non-verbal. Currently he is attending Kindergarten. Wyatt has no learning disabilities, he actually has a high performance IQ 116 counter by a low verbal IQ 80. He has an extremely large vocabulary but has issues processing spontaneous language. Currently can name all US states with capitals by state shape or map location and several countries he is developing a love for geography. But when ask a simple question i.e. what did you do in circle time today? Simply says “no” and refuses to elaborate. Curiously he has no issues when expressing his needs. I want.. I need… etc.
His SPD manifest as hyperactivity, dislike of noise and crowded spaces, he is very shy and has extremely limited diet. His reaction when encountering these situations has never been tantrums or uncontrollable behavior. He simply lets us knows “mama inside voice” “mama lets go” mama “I don’t like”. Currently I am very pleased with his public school in the city. He is attending a 12-1-1 class and the teacher constantly communicates with us and introduces techniques to help him cope. Earphones to minimize noise in cafeteria, hall, morning gatherings, and behavior modification thru rewards systems etc.
I thank God every day for the son I have which is a very loving, healthy child. As a mother I just sometimes wonder will I ever have a conversation with him. When will he come home excited and talk to me about his day activities. I am aware that we still have a long road ahead of us but the advances made have been incredible. If there are any mothers that share my experience I would love to hear any advice or suggestions.