My son is 18 months old, started having seizures at 12 months. He really doesnt have many words, he can say dada, duck, yum, and a few more. He does communicate in other ways, he points, grabs my hand and drags me places, shakes his head no. I've read that children with epilepsy can have speech delays, just wondering if anyone else has experienced this with their child?
Has his Dr. expressed any concern? My daughter was in Birth-3 because of a speech delay. At the time we were sure she had the words, but was chosing not to use them. When she would point, grunt or scream for something I would tell her to use her words, and she would calm down and try. I'm not sure if the delay was a result of her seizures, since she wasn't dx until age 4, although we suspect they were there since birth. (that's a long sentence, sorry) Anyway she is 11 now and has been in speech therapy for the past 2 years to help with the auditory processing disorder that she has.
Lindsay, I think I might have found a website that may give you a phone number to call so you can get into early intervention for your son. If I could make a suggestion for you, I would recommend that they check all aspects of his development so you can see if he has other needs besides speech. I know I was always concerned if my own children were growing developmentally.
This website tells you what early intervention is. http://www.accessmaine.org/Toolkits/EarlyIntervention/earlyinter.htm
I think these are the numbers that you can call to get some early intervention. http://www.accessmaine.org/Toolkits/EarlyIntervention/earlyinter_CD...
If these aren't the right numbers, I'm sure they will point you in the right direction. My son just got diagnosed with epilepsy a week ago, but he is mentally disable so I understand what early intervention has done for him. I hope this is helpful for you. I hope all goes well for you.
Our state also does early intervent through the schoo from birth to 3. Then, our they will go to a preschool program through the school. You may want to call your school to see what they have to offer as well. My son has been getting early intervention maybe at a year of age through the hospital PT and OT. Then, we went though the school at 18 months of age. Again, I hope this helps. take care.
Lindsay, I can add a bit to Diane's experience. There is controversy in the research, but some kids with speech delays do wonders with exercises aimed at their lips, tongue, and face. When I got to switch from a speech therapist trying to get him to say 10 words, to a team with more experience who pushed the exercises, it was phenominal! Not gross motor skills, but specific exercises aimed at muscle memory for the vocal muscles. He went from 10 word approximations to 50 words and approximations in just a few months. Now you can't shut him up, although there are times he gets slurred and still has trouble finding the right words to say.
If you're interested - go to Autism Speaks, Newly Diagnosed group and scroll thru the old discussions to find Getting Started-Speech. It may give you some ideas to try, or questions to ask your therapist.
Hi Lindsay, My son is almost 18 months old. He was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 7 months. He still has no word or consistent babble. He doesn't point or shake his head either. It's very worrying and sometimes I'm afraid he'll never talk at all. The plus is that he is very happy and a sociable little guy.
He is in Early Intervention now in Ireland, getting SLT OT and PT so I'm hoping he'll improve soon. I hope things improve for your son too.
I don't think your son is having delays yet. I know he could but it's normal for them to start really talking up a storm closer to 3. My son is almost 3 and he probably is delayed a little bit but his twin sister only started really saying a lot of words about months ago max and she's completely normal and healthy with no delays what so ever. so try not to worry about it. My son is talking now and just started putting 2 and 3 words together. But then again, we all develop differently. I think your son is right on target actually. :) hang in there