Need Advice...2 Yr. Old Grandson Has Speech Delay Problems

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Does anyone have any experience with language delay problems in young children??? My grandson just turned 2 years old and isn't talking. He says sounds, but most are not actual words. My son had his hearing checked and that's fine. Yesterday he was checked out and was diagnosed with "moderate receptive language delay and severe expressive language delay". Of course, we're all very upset because this sweet little boy is so bright and smart and we can't imagine him having any problems at all!! He has to go to therapy once a week. Does anyone know if speech therapy helps and what can my son and his wife do to at home to help him? They've been doing all the usual stuff that parents do to encourage learning...they're wonderful parents. I'd love to hear any advice anyone can give! Thank You!!
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    My son is autistic. Speech therapy helped him tremendously when he was young. Also, have the parents talk to the speech therapist so they can re-enforce the sessions at home.
    2718 days ago
    My son was slow to talk and so were both of my nephews. The nephews both had to have speech therapy and it was very successful.
    2718 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8332469
    My dd is 25 months getting speech therapy, it has been helpful. What I've learned is she will do it when she is ready.
    2718 days ago
    Speech therapy WILL help. "Severe expressiv language delay" is what you've already noticed: he isn't talking. Most 2 year olds will speak words and have started stringing words together. Things that your son and DIL can do at home are: read aloud to their son, sing songs with him, say nursery rhymes to him, play word games with him, turn the tv off and play with their son. The "moderate receptive language" is how your grandson is taking in the language around him. As another poster said, the parents need to give him time to try to talk instead of talking for him. Making reading aloud a DAILY ritual - bedtime is a great time, but reading can and should be done at other times too. A lot of nursery rymes are funny, sing-songy, and have a good rhythm to them. They BEG to be played with over and over! TV is a passive mode of information. Interacting with your grandson by reading to, singing with, and playing will help stimulate his language. I'm a early childhood teacher with 33 years of experience.
    2719 days ago
    First of all Kudos to your son and daughter inlaw and son for taking action now and not waiting and yourself for getting informed. It is important to rule out a hearing problem early on etc... A speech therapist is key in getting things started. It would be best if they specialized in pediatrics. They will set up a program for your son and daughter inlaw to utilize at home as a once a week session alone will not bring on remarkable results alone. It is important that your grandson is involved in a playgroup that involves other children where he is required to speak. To ask to play with a toy. To say hi , etc..... Although you, and all the other family member may mean well you may do alot of the talking for him.( Would you like to go to the park "joey", ok then I'll just grab your coat. Take Papa's hand and wave goodbye to Mommy. ) We have all done it. When serving him a drink. Ask would you like oj or milk? Try to avoid pointing. Or reaching. Be patient. Wait for words .

    My background is in Occupational therapy working primarily with the geriatric field but during schooling I did work with lots of children in severel settings including speech therapy within a school setting and as an out patient. I also have personal experience as my youngest daughter had speech delays which were corrected with therapy along with a foster son with similar results.

    Faith and consistency is key. His brain is growing and he is learning each day. He will be just learning in a different way. It may take several different avenues until you find the right fit. Change dr's, therapists, schools, or visit your cities children's hospital. Whatever it takes.

    You sound like a wonderful grandmother. Such a lucky little boy to have you and you him.

    ~ Kristan

    2719 days ago
    IF he has central auditory processing disorder, then yes, speech therapy would help. That's good that at least the hearing isn't impaired.

    There are specific programs designed to help with the processing disorder -- which is essentially a gap time between when a sound is heard and when it's processed which makes the message "garbled".

    Your kids might consider talking with a speech therapist to just get an idea of what is available. I know when my son was little, it was a program called Earobics.

    He is going to be 21 on Saturday and is in the Army and has perfect speech and comprehension. So, there's hope.
    2719 days ago
  • no profile photo BAMAJAM
    You have some very good comments here from people providing information. In modern times there is more known about childhood conditions than in my day. My sons are grown now, but I do have my personal story to tell about. Each child is a different case I believe, but my youngest son had delayed speech. He was almost four and he was having extreme difficulty communicating. He was upset that even his mom could not understand him. It was especially troubling for me because he was so far behind in comparison to my first son. My first son was speaking in compound sentences at age two. Of course I expressed my worry to my pediatrician and she tried to assure me that there was no reason to worry.... She told me that this is "delayed speech"-- and she did not suggest any kind of therapy. Well, with time, the "problem" dissolved with normal development. My son did well in school and had no speech impediment. --- He succeeded in his career as a CPA and earned his master's degree in tax accounting. He talks fine... (smile) -and we are blessed.
    --- I hope that you are given peace of mind by caring Sparkfriends here.

    Hugs to a very sweet Grandma--- from a Grandma in Alabama!
    2719 days ago
  • MARYJ1959
    I was just checking to see what blogging is about and have to respond to this. My son and also a nephew did not speak until school age. My son was in kindergarten and only spoke a few works (which were hard to understand), but did not speak sentences until well into 1st grade, and paragraphs did not come until 2nd grade. I had him tested at 3 years old and put in a speech program through the public school systems. When he was about 7 I also had him in a speech program through a local hospital with a speech pathologist. He struggled with speech for years. When he was in 5th grade the x-box live games came out and he wanted one so badly and I was totally against it but finally caved in at the end of the school year. To play live you have to talk over a microphone and speak clear so that other gamers can understand you. If he wanted to play he had to speak clear and self correct his speech. When he started 6th grade the school called and asked he what happened over the summer, and also to let me know he was no longer a candidate for speech class as he no longer had a speech deficit. He is 22 now and in college full time and works full time, but those were very difficult years. Kids are cruel and he was teased and bullied because of his deficit. Thanks to social media most of these kids at one time or another have asked my son for their forgiveness for past behaviors and most are good friends with him now. We also have explained that life is not fair and that we are proud of the way he can handle challenges that are presented (yes, we had to put a positive spin on this for him). Most kids that are speech delayed start speaking and catch up before school age with the help of a professional, my son's was more of an extreme case but it is part of his life that made him what he is today and we would not trade that for anything.
    2719 days ago
    I admit, I'd never heard of this. I was aware of delayed language, I mean I didn't know the field has progressed to the point where they can evaluate the problem in such detail.

    Because I had to look up the terms you used (well, I can pick apart 'moderate' and 'delay' and 'language,' but put them all together and my comprehension did a computer-style freeze, lol), I came across two articles. One is from Wikipedia (I know what "they say" about Wikipedia, but it's usually find for basic information, IMHO) and the other is on a website that I use to check medical info.



    SP won't let me add them as real links, so you'll have to copy and paste.

    I also read a few discussion threads, and they had some points they all included, such as: speech delays (of either type, apparently) may be early indicators of how the child learns. You know how they say some people learn with auditory input (like when the teacher reads something aloud)... some learn with visual models (pictures)... and mostly children learn with a combination of both. Language delays might mean visual learning would mean more - one example I read said that they worked with their child on sign language, so that he would have visual cues for speech, even though he didn't have a hearing problem.

    Other people said that they joined playgroups for their child - interacting with other children, especially at a very young age, seemed to help develop their language skills. Most of all, they all said that parents should have access to speech therapists who will not only work with the child, but also give the parents and other adult caretakers guidance about how best to help him / her learn and progress.

    Keep us posted, hon. I am always so amazed at how much things have changed since my kids were small. My cousin - who like you is also a 'newbie' at grandparenting - said that working with them (a one-year-old and a two-year-old) it's as if she'd never taken care of kids at all--!
    2719 days ago
    My brother went to a speech therapist because his speech was not right most people couldn't understand him. It worked great by the time he was in 2nd grade there were only a couple of words he had trouble with. Not long after it was all fine. However when my youngest daughter was even 3 she did not speak at all. We were starting to panic and our Dr said it was because her sister always spoke for her not to worry. by the time she was 4 she didn't say words she started with full sentences! good luck
    2719 days ago
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