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delayed motor skills and language

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    Lylah is offline Registered User
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    keep encouraging and supporting him
    this is what he needs the most at this time
    there are VCDs which helped us as well... Bumblebee vocabulary building which i remember getting from Dymocks. They were recommended by the speech therapist we consulted in the beginning. It certainly helped a lot. Surround him with picture cards and books as well
    when he starts discovering the power of speech.. there's no stopping them...

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    Thanks, Lylah. It's not that my son hasn't discovered the power of speech. The pathway between his brain and mouth isn't properly developed. My son is quite smart and know what he wants to say. His mouth also works properly. He's missing the sequencing of how to move his mouth and tongue to produce speech. Without appropriate therapy, he's not going to suddenly start speaking.

    I'll check out those DVD's. Baby Babble is also a really good one.

    Can't believe it takes a year to get government speech therapy. That sucks.

    Thanks again.
    K

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    hearing may be involved

    If children are not speaking properly they may not be hearing properly or they may be hearing properly but not processing what is heard properly. they can only repeat what they hear and process.
    Sound therapy can often give good results

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    Good point, Kasia. We had our son's hearing evaluated at Adventist before we consulted with a speech therapist.

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    My daughter's speech problem has a lot to do with her sucking a pacifier, and her speech therapist confirmed this, which explains why she had little lip movement. She doesn't have any hearing problem, as shown by her hearing test.

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    My son is now 20months but he cannot master even mama or papa, he is just sure to say "milk" for now. I am so worry that he has autism, he also has a problem of not having eye-contact with people talking to him. Can anyone help to give me some referrals of private doctors or good speech therapist in HK? So worry, me and and husband could not sleep well for many months !

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    Avina,
    We saw a speech therapist and child psychologist for my son's evaluation when we were first told that my son had mild autism. Both specialists ruled out even the mildest form of autism and just concluded that my son had speech delay (we were not advised to go into therapy at that time since he was too young 24 months), he is now 2 years and 7 months and has since started talking (he can now even say his A-B-C's). I do not have the contacts of these people with me right now, but will get them for you later today.
    Lylah

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    Just to answer the original post, in case Tammie or others are actually still looking for public health options:

    The Queen Mary Hospital has an outpatient facility that does paediatric assessment and follow-up through the public system, using a team assessment approach comprising physio/OT/speech therapy.

    Your child needs to be a resident of Hong Kong (if an expat, a photocopy of visa in child's passport will do), and your GP needs to give you a referral.

    http://www.ha.org.hk/hesd/nsapi/?MIv...nt&c_id=100131



    I don't know what your exact situation was with your son, what delays he was exhibiting etc., but I just wanted to say I hope you weren't put off by well-meaning people telling you it was too early to seek assessment and early intervention. I'm not meaning that as an attack on others who have replied, but I realise that a lot of people are unfamiliar with delays that are apparent in early infancy (low or high tone issues, etc) that definitely do need early follow-up.

    Motor delays and early pointers to future speech problems are certainly able to be detected at under one year of age, and positive intervention at a very young age through appropriate play-based therapies are exceedingly effective in young infants where the brain is still developing at a very fast rate.

    My son is an ex-prem with motor issues, so I have a pretty firm basis for saying this! He has been monitored by a combined therapy team since birth.

    Trust all is going well with your son!

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