In the Kid Zone

Speech Delay: What is going on?

My son is 7 now.  With speech therapy he is getting those expressive processes into place.  We have been blessed to be able to get him two sessions a week (with a family members financial help).  He has been growing in language a lot faster than most kids with his disability.  Yet that is a part the problem.  We don’t know what is going on with him.  I have worked as a Developmental Specialist and have been dragging my feet to get an appointment with a child psychologist.  Not only because of the cost but I am pretty sure the diagnosis will probably be presented: high functioning aspergers with ADHD.  Yah, that doesn’t fit our son.  Then our speech therapist suggested genetic testing.  The lights went on!  Bingo that is what I was missing.  Why hadn’t I thought of that?  There are many chromosomal “abnormalities” (for lack of a better word) that cause an expressive language delay and not a receptive language delay.  Talking it over with my husband it became a beacon of hope that we could really get to the bottom of what was going inside our son.  Geneticists have come a long way in their field to help pin point certain genetic differences.  This is also good for our family because we have a niece younger than our son who has been through all the “traditional” testing.  She isn’t diagnosed either.  I suggested genetic testing to my sister-in-law as well.  It could very well be a family gene that we just have to be aware of as more kids are added to our number.  Also it would be good to know for my daughter if she ever decides to have kids.  Information is key and being able to find the right information is priceless.  As we move forward in this process I just pray that God will guide the doctor and show us how to help our son even more!

“Let the children come to me, and  do not hinder them,  for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not  receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Luke 18:16-17


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