help plz

Amanada - posted on 04/08/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have a toddler that just turn two. He has been going to speech for three months now.He can only say a handful of words and a couple short sentences. She think maybe apraxia or tongue tied. He cant elavate his tongue and it does make a heart shape when he sticks it out. Here the problem with the tongue tie. He has already had the surgery when he was six months old. She sent us to him and he said there was nothing wrong with his tounge. Now she sending us to a different ent doctor for a second opion. Help! - one worried mommie

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Mombodysoul - posted on 04/08/2011

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Oooh my son couldn't raise his tongue either. ONE chiropractic adjustment fixed that. It was crazy. I was taking him for another reason and then that day his was sticking his tongue out where he could not before!! I was seriously shocked, and crying because we were convinced it was tongue tie. It can't hurt. Hope everything goes well!

Mombodysoul - posted on 04/08/2011

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Hi,
We were doing speech therapy too, but took a different approach...Has he had a hearing test? My son had hearing loss because of fluid trapped behind both ear drums...I took him for chiropractic care and in three visits the fluid started to drain from his ears and nose! It was amazing..
Took him for a re-test and the fluid is gone and his hearing is normal and his speech has taken off!

I know our chiropractor also was doing adjustments for him as a baby that had to do with teh nerves in the mouth/tongue..I know it sounds odd, but something to look into.

hang in there,
Manal

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Kimber - posted on 04/14/2011

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Oh iam sure that you are worried about your little one what mommie isn't right! I too have some worries over my son who will be 3 on Friday,but he does not say a whole lot either.And thought about takeing him to go and be checked,so i know that the two are not really the same thing. I still feel ya! Good luck to you !

Louise - posted on 04/12/2011

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Wait and see what the doctor says. Don't fret this is nothing that can not be sorted. I trained in speech therapy and saw children with many speech impediments. You need to see a speech therapist regularly so they can keep an eye on him, they should also give you simple exercises to do with your son like sticking your tongue out and facial expressions. Try and encourage your child to sing rhymes with you. Sing all the time and play with him action songs are the best like Humpty Dumpty or the wheels on the bus. he will learn words through repetition and play alot faster then just teaching words with flash cards. Don't panic hang on in there he will be fine, it will just take a little longer that is all.

Amanada - posted on 04/11/2011

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well just got back from speech therapy with my son. She thinks it might be apraxia of speech. But they cant diagnose it for another year. Plz somone out there give me some info.

Gina - posted on 04/11/2011

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My 20 month old is currently going to speech therapy. At 18 months, so only spoke about 5-10 words, and none on a regular basis. We have had her hearing checked (it was normal) and she has no problems making all the sounds.

I constantly have to remind myself that she will speak when she is ready. She understands us when we speak to her, and she hit all the other milestones on time or ahead (she was walking at 10 months). I have come to realize she is more of a do'er than a speaker.

If you are concerned that your son is still tongue tied, then a second opinion might not be a bad idea. However, children will develop at their own rates, and if he understands you, then I don't think there is anything to worry about. He will talk when he is ready to.

Amanada - posted on 04/08/2011

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He just so smart. Gets ino evreything! He hit all his other milestones ontime. Sounds like you been through alot with your child to. That what im afriad that thier going to wrongly diagnosed.

Tarina - posted on 04/08/2011

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I understand!!! We had our son's hearing checked because when he was 10 months old, he was (wrongly, it turns out) diagnosed with Lymphangioma - basically his neck lymphnode swelled way up and filled with blood and he had to have surgery -- We thought the pressure of the swollen node had impacted his hearing and maybe that was a cause -- everyone looks for a reason their kids dont talk as early as other peoples', or as early as we expect, or want, or as early as our other kids... but sometimes they really are just lazy and dont want to yet lol ♥

Amanada - posted on 04/08/2011

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If he sticks his tongue out he cant raise it to has nose. Thanks for the advice. It just fills good to talk about it. Im such a worry wort.

Tarina - posted on 04/08/2011

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:) The most important thing for you is to relax :) I have no advice as far as the tongue tied thing goes, BUT my son is 2yrs and 4months and isnt using words yet either! He has a handful, and he is vocal, most of the time its just not real words. Some kids just take longer. We do have him in speech therapy, but only because the state offers it free and lord knows it cant hurt. What do you mean when you say he cant elevate his tongue? Like if he sticks it out he cannot lift it up towards his nose? Try playing tongue waggling games with him, stick them out at each other, make rasberries, or maybe have him practice licking lollipops or ice pops or something to work the muscles in and around his tongue to strengthen it.
(Not sure if that is helpful or not... sorry if its not!)

As far as the actual speech goes, hes JUST turned 2. Its likely he is holding back until he is confident in his ability and someday in the next year or so it will open like a floodgate and you'll WISH he couldnt talk lol! Hang in there!!!!!!!!

Mombodysoul - posted on 04/08/2011

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Hi,
We were doing speech therapy too, but took a different approach...Has he had a hearing test? My son had hearing loss because of fluid trapped behind both ear drums...I took him for chiropractic care and in three visits the fluid started to drain from his ears and nose! It was amazing..
Took him for a re-test and the fluid is gone and his hearing is normal and his speech has taken off!

I know our chiropractor also was doing adjustments for him as a baby that had to do with teh nerves in the mouth/tongue..I know it sounds odd, but something to look into.

hang in there,
Manal

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