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2006-09-20
Name: Pooja Hi all moms

I am a mom of speech delayed kid and have learnt few things very hard way. I want to list a few things that have helped me, hoping these help you too. Its just my opinion.

1. First try to see if its just speech delay or something else. Sometimes, kids just don't acquire language , though they meet all other milestones on time.
2. If you doubt there is something else too , then try to get a right diagnosis, which is a hard thing again. But getting diagnosis will put you on right way to get help for your kid, instead of keeping you in denial. Your kid have have not regressed language wise, but did he ever regress socially? Was there any regression ? Is he aggressive, non compliant,lost in his world? Is he always constipated? Is he allergic to anything? Is he repeating a phrase 100 times? Does he never stand in a line and wait for his turn? Does he have social anxiety? There are lot fo things you can watch for.
3. Always encourage your kid. Appreciate him for every little thing he does.
4. talk to your kid at his level. Means, make simple senetences. Do not keep asking questions. If you need to ask something, instead of asking, try to use fill in the blanks - like 'instead of what do you want to eat', say you want to eat .... and then wait for his response. If he is playing silly and giggling, join him instead of correcting him and asking to behave like an adult.
5. Watch bumblebee videos with your kids. Take flashcard printouts from their site , print them and share your your kid.
6. Keep talking to your kid all the time in small sentences. Be a walking dictionary for your kid. He may not be talking, but he is absorbing everything. Some things which I told my son when he was 2.5 , he repeated when he was 5. So everything gets registered in their memory.
6. Try to read books to them. Even if they show no interest, still try every day.
7. Try to get right help at school for your kid. Putting a speech delayed kid with Autistic kids can be harmful, Putting autistic, delayed kid with regular kids can pressurize the kid.
8. Take your kid to diffrent places. Do different activities, instead of letting him sit and watch TV for hours. Invlove yourself or your other kids.
9. Keep positive attitude and fight for your kid. You are the strongest support your kid has got.
10. Pray, if you are spiritual. It makes me feel good and energized.

All the Best and take care of your little ones.
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2013-07-29
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Name: Hi
Subject:  Hi
Hi,

I need to talk to you as I am facing the same situation with my 2.9 years old Son.

Thanks,
SArita
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2016-02-22
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Name: maya
Subject:  hi
get help from doctor or do speech therapy. if u don't get results by speech therapy then test ur son it might have slight autism. treat him accordingly
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2013-07-29
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Name: Hi
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HI,

I am also facing Speech delayed with my Son and need to talk to you.

Thanks,
Sarita
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2016-02-22
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Name: maya
Subject:  hi
get help from doctor or do speech therapy. if u don't get results by speech therapy then test ur son it might have slight autism. treat him accordingly. all the best and don't worry
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2013-07-29
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Name: Hi
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HI,

I am also facing Speech delayed with my Son and need to talk to you.

Thanks,
Sarita
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2016-02-22
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Name: maya
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get help from doctor or do speech therapy. if u don't get results by speech therapy then test ur son it might have slight autism. treat him accordingly. all the best and don't worry. take care of your kid.
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2006-09-21
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Name: swiss_mom
Subject:  Great Suggestions !!!
Thank a lot for the suggestions . I will keep in mind. Could u suggest that talking in one language helps even though it may not be the mother tongue......????


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2006-09-21
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Name: Mom
Subject:  Thanks for advice
hi pooja,
Thanks for your advice and good suggestions. My kid is age 3, and he speaks so many words clearly also. But he not make sentence, I am always talking with him also. How to develop him to make sentence speech?

Please reply.
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2006-09-22
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Name: pooja
Subject:  Hi
Well a typical kid picks up language and can even learn 3 language at a time, but for a speech delayed kid, its too much as he needs to learn the language. Its like askign an adult to learn French and German together - its possible but will take time.

So try to use one language with your kid. You can always introduce other language later.

Using multiple languages never causes speech delay, but once you realize your kid is speech delayed, try to stick to one language.

If he is not motivated to speak sentences, encourage him to use them. Like you ask your kid what do you want, he says cookie. You say - oh you want cookie, ask again what do you want, and tell him to use full sentence - I want cookie. Do not frustrate him by forcing him to use sentence and refusing to give cookie. Maintain the harmony.

My son asked for water, I asked him to say in sentence, he didn't want to. He got frustrated , took a glass and went to bathroom to get water from there. Its frstrating for them becuase they have already told us what they want and then we are asking again and again. Just tell kid - ask Nicely - that would mean use sentence.
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