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Kiera hearing appt.

jdkjd wrote: No earwax, she seems to have fluid behind her left eardrum so she's going to see the ENT in a couple weeks.

The audiologist said that if she's been getting fluid coming and going behind her eardrums without us knowing (not getting infected) she could be not relying on the sounds she hears, so it slows speech development.

Could you guys tell me about any speech development techniques or games that I can use to help her?

MommyToAshley replied: I don't know of any games, sorry. But, almost all of the books I have read say the best way to develop speech is to keep talking to them and to read to them. Sorry, I am not much help.

I hope they are able to figure out what to do about the fluid behind her ears. At least you are getting some answers. Good luck at your appointment.

gr33n3y3z replied: I'm so glad they found something out
Now this way they can treat the problem

I'm sure everything will just be fine wink.gif

amynicole21 replied: Has she been getting ear infections? A coworker's 5yo son had a similar issue and got tubes to resolve it. His speech is fine now, though I'm not sure if he was having speech issues before. I hope that the ENT can shed some more light on this.

ediep replied: well, I am not sure of any games, but reading stories or having her repeat words....I am sure you do that already so i am no help

Hope the doc will shed some light on it for you

Good luck

Josie83 replied: I'm hope you're able to get some answers son. I agree with everything that everyone said, I would just like to add that making sure you have eye contact with her and that you use exaggerated facial expressions and body language would probably help as well, but youprobably already do that wink.gif xx

jdkjd replied: I did some research and couldn't find anything that wasn't in a book I would have to buy.

Anyone go through speech therapy?

Josie83 replied:
Cassie might have to be sent to a speech therapist next year because of her pronunciation unsure.gif But I think that that would be an entirely diferent practice. I hope you find some answers, Jenn! Its good to have you back here, btw smile.gif xx

jcc64 replied: I went through this with ds #2 (now 9). I knew immediately something was off with his speech. He did speak, alot, but it was completely unintelligible, and I arranged for a screening through the county (that's how it's done here in NY state). This of course was after we did all the physical tests with the ped and it was determined that he had no permanent hearing loss. I recall posting this, although maybe it wasn't to you, that he had chronic recurring ear infections exactly at the time he was acquiring speech, and while he had no discernable hearing disabilities, we have all (his ped, speech therapists, me) come to the conclusion that it most definitely impacted his speech development to this day. The results of the screening done by the county indicated that he was only mildly delayed, and I was told he would "grow out of it". I accepted that, but the issue was again raised by his pre-K teachers when he was 4. We decided at that time to pursue speech therapy. The school district can be held financially responsible if it is determined that your child is delayed enough to qualify. Mine was not- and my advice here is that you remember that typically school districts adhere to a minimum standard of competency- which isn't necessarily enough for your particular child. What I'm trying to say is, I'm sorry I was so passive during these earlier years- b/c he still has a significant delay, and had I been more proactive, maybe things would be better for him today. I would suggest pursueing speech therapy- the younger you start, the better the results. Most speech therapists are wonderful with kids and understand just how to "draw them out" and to get them to work on what they need w/o even realizing it's therapy. The good thing is that sometimes it's even covered by private insurers if your dd isn't delayed enough to qualify through social services or the school district. I hope I didn't overwhelm you- but I definitely think at least a consult with a speech therapist is a good idea at this point.
Feel free to pm me. Good luck.

ammommy replied:
Alec went and the biggest thing that helped him, well two things really, were 1) slowing down his rate of speech and 2) forcing him to look at me when we talked. The second one helped show him how to physically make the sound.
Also, I would work on one sound a day. So if the sound was "t" I would exaggerate the "t" sound in words, but not too much. I'd have him repeat words no more than 3 times to try to get it right. More than that and he got frustrated. Let me know if you have more questions.

A&A'smommy replied: Just want to offer some support and hugs!! It sounds like you are on your way to getting some answers soon, keep us updated!! ((((HUGS))))

b&bsmom replied: My advice is everything that is already been said. I have two friends whose kids are in speech therapy and I agree if you feel something isn' t right keep pursing it till you get the answer you feel is good enough. Good luck to you smile.gif

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