Communication barrier

Erica - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have a son, Nick, who turned two in December. He's been delayed on every major developmental landmark, and speech is no exception. Right now, we're doing speech therapy, but it's been 7 months with little to no improvement. I'm wondering if anyone out there has any ideas for how we can communicate, or at least get the ball rolling. Being two is hard enough without the frustration of not being able to say what you want or need.

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Kathy - posted on 03/31/2010

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My son is 7 and he is non-verbal also. He has a genetic disorder which causes severe developmental delays, hearing impairment, visual impairment. He can not walk on his own or talk. It has been very frustrating not being about to communicate with him. He clearly understands me when I talk to him but just getting what he wants out is hard. We are learning some sign language but he moves both his hands the exact same, so its difficult. His school has tried some devices that allow him to push a button and it will talk for him. It is something new to us and we are in high hopes that it will work. Ask around, start early and be positive. Give us an update

Christine - posted on 03/28/2010

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HEY MY DAUGHTER LAVINIA WHO IS 4YRS OLDHAS GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT DELAY & CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECHSHE HAS A WORSE SPEECH SPAN THAN HER 23MTHOLD DAUGHTER WE SPENT A WHOLE 7MTHS AT SPEECH THERAPY LAST YR BUT THIS YR THE SPEECH PATHOLIGIST HAS DOWN ME SOME PICTURE CARDS 2 HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE MAY WANT WE HAVE A BOOK THAT I DREW MYSELF OF SIMPLE EVERYDAY THINGS LIKE, BED, SCHOOL, CAR, MILK, BICCIES, VEGIES, ITEMS OF CLOTHING ETC THIS MAY HELP U AS I HAVE FOUND IT VERY USEFUL AS BEING A BUSY MUM OF 4KIDS ALL MY TIME SEEMS 2 B SPENT WITH APPOINMENTS 4 MY SPECIAL NEEDS DAUGHTER REGARDS CHRISTINE :)

Michelle - posted on 03/26/2010

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My son will be 3 years old on easter and can not talk that much.He says only a few words,and still those words may be hard to understan. He gets mad if we can not understand him. He learned alot of sign laugene when he was in preschool.He is not in school right now.He has no other delays.He will sometimes sign to us,for a while that was all he did to talk to us.We also use picture cards.He has two older sisters that always wants to talk for him and I think that is part of the reason he will not talk,Well try to take it one day at a time.It will get better.My son could not talk at all when he turned two,but now he can say a few words.

Christine - posted on 02/20/2010

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take it 1 step at a time n learn simple signs in sighn language 4 eat, drink, toilet etc this has helped my 4yrold who has childhood apraxia of speech n global development delay she is 4yrs with a mental capacity of a 20mth old

Kim - posted on 02/19/2010

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My daughter was the same way. She did not really start talking until she was 3. We taught her a few simple signs like help, more, drink, etc. That helped a lot. When she started preschool is when she found her voice and now she is a talker. Just keep with the speech therapy, it will help in the long run.

Christine - posted on 02/12/2010

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try pictues and ask him what they r or some sign language my daughter has global development delay n childhood apraxia of speech she is 4yrs n 1mth old n only says 2 word sentences... hopes this helps christine ps c ur gp get a referal 2 a pedetrician who will guide u in the rite path :)

Kristin - posted on 02/11/2010

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My son just turned 3 and was completely non-verbal until about a month ago. We have been doing sign language with him but what started his verbal communication was doing Applied Behavioral Analysis with him at home. I work with him 30-45 minutes a day - 3 to 4 days a week. His words aren't perfect but we are getting vocal approximations. One thing I can say about sign language with children with delay, is don't start with the sign "more". Many speech therapists start with this sign because it can mean so many things but unfortunately, because it can mean so many things it becomes the dominant sign. We started with Drink, Movie, and Candy, his biggest reinforcers. Now he has a lot of signs in his repertoire, as well as vocal approximation for counting 0-20, identifying 0-20 randomly, and vocal approximations for almost every sign. Melissa and Doug have great wooden puzzles that have sounds - the number one was huge with our son and his communication. We are about to get the ABC one. Good luck!

Corinne - posted on 02/06/2010

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Hi Cherish, I looked up the link for PECS picture. Thanks for sharing. Wish I knew that sooner. Always had to ask my speech therapist to print them for me. This will help me alot thanks!

Also who bought the vantage lite for your child? I saw it is almost $8,000.

Just curious is the school bought it. I am looking into a communication device for my 3 yr old.

Constance - posted on 02/06/2010

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My son Elijah is 7 and is diagnosed Trisomy 9 mosaic. He still pretty much non-verbal and has been in speech therapy since he was 18 months old. I remember the age of 2, he would get so frustrated. Just using simple signs (help, eat, drink, more, all done, play) with him helped us so much. We watched a show with him called Signing Time and it helped us learn all we needed to know in a fun way. I know they have a web page. signingtime.com

Corissa - posted on 02/02/2010

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Sign language works really very well. Even basics, such as drink, please, thank you, can work wonders.

Cherish - posted on 01/28/2010

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Hi,

My youngest who is now 7.5 is still pretty much "non-verbal"

It was VERY hard when he was 2!!

Does you son speak or sign?

Because of my son's many dx,including autism,apraxia and dyspraxia it was physically almost impossible for him to speak or sign.

We did speech therapy 2 times a week,as well as OT/PT.

He did learn how to use PECs here is a link to FREE PECs you can print and use.

We called the tickets,he would hand us a PEC of something then he would get it.

Now he uses a device call vantage light made by PRC that "talks" for him!!

Don't worry,it will get better.

Feel free to email if you want to talk :)



http://trainland.tripod.com/pecs.htm

Cherish - posted on 01/28/2010

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Hi,

My youngest who is now 7.5 is still pretty much "non-verbal"

It was VERY hard when he was 2!!

Does you son speak or sign?

Because of my son's many dx,including autism,apraxia and dyspraxia it was physically almost impossible for him to speak or sign.

We did speech therapy 2 times a week,as well as OT/PT.

He did learn how to use PECs here is a link to FREE PECs you can print and use.

We called the tickets,he would hand us a PEC of something then he would get it.

Now he uses a device call vantage light made by PRC that "talks" for him!!

Don't worry,it will get better.

Feel free to email if you want to talk :)



http://trainland.tripod.com/pecs.htm

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