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Speech Delay for 2yr5mth

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    Speech Delay for 2yr5mth

    Hi

    My daughter has just been diagnosed speech and development delay.

    she can follow 80% of our instructions but she doesn't talk. She can only said simple words like mama, baba...

    does anyone here have any experience with speech delay

    will go for another assessment tmr

    kind of worry

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    Our son had delayed speech. He only had one word at 2 years old. He went to speech therapy at Integrate - Carol Adcock for 10 sessions and we saw some improvement. Not sure if this was because of the therapy or because he was getting older as well.

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    my daughter is the same. i've had her go through 4 assessments so far (3 private, 1 public at- 16mths (private), 20mths (public), 26 mths (private), 32mths (private)) and what i find it all comes down to culture. 1st one they told me not to worry because everyone develops at different pace, give her more stimulation. 2nd one they told me to put her in special school that's why I had assessment #3 done privately to see if she really needed special school - the conclusion was she was not "that" bad because she could understand all things spoken to her. my 4th was a follow assessment by the same person just to see if there was improvement....yes, she is still delayed, by about 1 year in terms of speaking, but compared to herself (not others) she's improving and that's all that counts said the therapist.

    The therapist which I found very professional is Dr Anna Lee, her e-mail is [email protected] you can visit her website at www.dyslexiacentre.hk

    In fact, I should be sending my daughter to her for 10 lessons during her summer holiday so that I can learn some things and help her at home. my daughter has problems producing certain sounds, but I must say she has improved immensely after starting daily school in April (though the teacher is worried she only says "yeah" and "bu" and not phrases / full sentences)..she'll be repeating a year to give her a better chance to improve her language before having to worry about other things...Dr Lee is very good - you could at least get her to do an assessment - she does home visits which i find more helpful than going to some strange clinic and playing with unfamiliar toys. best of luck

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    I should add that my son is now 3 and a bit and his speech has improved dramatically - probably still behind his peers but massive improvement. Try not to worry too much if there are no other signs to be concerned about. We went to a GP for a cold and the GP very unprofessionally made a throw away comment about the late speech being an indicator of a larger problem. I was so annoyed as it made me worry unnecessarily. So if there is no other issues and she is following instructions I'd try not to be too concerned until 3 years old. We went to another specialist in our home country who said that all kids are different and they don't suggest speech therapy there until at least 3 years old. If you do a search you'll find my posts around the same age as your daughter when I was concerned about my son's late start to speech.

    I did find the sessions with Carol Adcock worthwhile to learn some tips to encourage speech. She is very good with children and a native English speaker.
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    Thanks all for the advice.

    We went to the assessment yesterday and it is diagnosed as speech and development delay - my daughter can only by herself when she was 18 months.

    My daughter will start her 1st therapy tomorrow. Hope to see her improved.

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    I mean my daughter cannot walk by herself until she was 18 months

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    my daughter didn't walk till 18mth too....she's got a global developmental delay - but as there are signs of improvement the Dr said not to worry (except HK local docs that freak you out by comparing them to peers) as she was comparing my daughter to herself rather than her peers like most doctors typically do (at least they compare to the milestones).

    looking at my #2 now who's mumbling and talking gibberish at 11mths - i realize know that my #1 didn't say ANYTHING in comparison and the delay is not surprising.

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    I first brought my son to see a speech therapist at age 2. He was estimated to be 9 months behind, not saying a whole lot at all. Since that time he has been making progress just with a later starting point and so far he hasn't caught up but he did make a lot of progress. I had him assessed again at age 4 and his receptive language is normal for his age (not great, but within normal limits). His expressive language is around 12 months behind (could be 6-12 months, somewhere in that range). Other than that, there are no concerns. He's very visual, good with number, puzzles, can read some words, knows all his letters, normal fine / gross motor skills, very normal development except for expressive speech. The speech therapist has no doubt he'll catch up. He's a twin, a boy and the 3rd child plus my husband didn't talk until he was 3 either, so it's not too surprising. He's a calm, sensitive boy, likes to talk but his vocab is fairly limited and his sentence structure isn't great. However, he uses certain words that are very normal for his age, his grammar is not great, but fairly normal for a child his age. He's been accepted to ESF P1, and the school is looking whether he qualifies for speech therapy, in the meantime I continue to work with him and I am sure at some point, he'll catch up. There is no reason to believe he won't, everyone says.

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