My Daughter Naomi

Pamela - posted on 08/31/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I'm new to Circle of Moms. ....Hello
My daughter name is Naomi and she was born extremely premature, she was born at 23 weeks. She is our MIRACLE! Naomi was in the NICU for 5 months and had 4 surgeries....We are blessed to say she is now 6 and is going to first grade in September. ....😊😊😊😊. Naomi has several delays which has been expected, she is in Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy in school and outside of school. Naomi has progressed in all aspects except speech....she will say some single words but not full sentences. I read to Naomi all the time and talk to her, she fully understand what you are saying it's like she will not even really try she just points to what she wants....unless you give her something she does not and she will say NO!!! Very clearly. ....lol. I'm just searching or asking for any suggestions?

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April - posted on 09/03/2016

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Hi! What an amazing preemie story! It sounds like your daughter has a great number of therapists working with her and that is very encouraging. I know it can be so frustrating when we want so badly for our children to achieve a milestone. It sounds like you are doing everything that you can do right now to encourage speech. I would encourage you to just keep working with her and persevering. My son’s expressive speech is severely delayed, but his receptive speech is not delayed near as much. This means that he understands what we are saying to him and the meaning of words. He just struggles with speaking and retrieving the words from his brain. Have you talked with your daughter’s speech therapists to see if they think she might overcome this? Do they have any further suggestions? I know my son’s speech therapist has been a wealth of knowledge and such a great support. It might not hurt to see if they can offer you some more insight into your daughter’s situation. Praying for you, dear mama!

Pamela - posted on 09/01/2016

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Hello, Sarah E.
Thank you for responding, Naomi's speech therapist in school as well as her speech therapist we have for her privately are saying severally speech delayed. They contribute this due to the fact that she can say some words.......when they work with her they use stretching of the mouth to help to speak the words, she has shown some improvements, I just wish I could do more.😢we have also had several hearing tests done and they were all good...I can tell sometimes she gets very frustrated and it breaks my heart

Sarah - posted on 09/01/2016

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Wow! 23 weeks is truly a miracle! What does the speech therapist think? Is it simply a delay or does she has dysphagia (difficulty speaking) due to her early birth? When I child knows what they want to say, but can't get the word to form it can be a real challenge for everyone involved. As you are aware, most babies born at 23 weeks don't survive and the ones that do will have complications. Is there any evidence that the area of her brain that is responsible for speech was damaged?

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