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    I guess it's everything together rather than just the speech or just the fine motor skills. I'm worried there's something going on with him that's not just a hearing problem. I actually have a really strong feeling in my chest when I'm interacting with him. It's like a fierce sense of protectiveness and fear. Hard to explain. I trust my mummy gut and that's why I'm so worried.

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    Would I worry? No, probably not at this stage. I'm more of a keep an eye on it and see what happens kind of parent.

    However, I also believe that you should trust your mummy instinct, so if you feel that something is wrong then yes, definitely get it checked out. You are the one who spends the most time with him and sees him every day, so you are the best person to judge if something is not quite right.

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    Yes I would be worried re what you have described. Hopefully your on the right track seeing the paed.

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    Thanks everyone. I think my worries are definitely justified and the paed confirmed that we have reason for concern. First step is a hearing test. The paed is most concerned about the language delay and said we can give him a little longer for the other things. He said it's such a wide range of 'normal' and while DS is definitely behind with motor skills, he can potentially catch up easily enough on those.

    So once the hearing test is done we'll decide on next steps. Either sorting his hearing or starting speech therapy and OT. If his hearing is fine and he doesn't catch up on his own by 18mo he'll be assessed for autism.

    I really hope it's a simple hearing issue.

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    When can you get him in for a hearing test?

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    When can you get him in for a hearing test?
    I'm going to take him to the one with the best facilities so the earliest appointment they had was at the end of next month. Feels like forever, but in the meantime I'm going to start researching and trying things myself to see if we can make some progress. I also called the speech therapy place the paed recommended, I figured it might be worth trying to arrange an appointment now and if it turns out he has a hearing impairment I can always cancel the speech therapy. I just don't want to end up waiting for months at each step.

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    I would mention at your next appointment if are concerned. I think Bubs typically clap/wave etc a lot earlier than that so may be Worth getting another opinion if u are at all concerned

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    Is great to hear that your paed listened and was able to point you in the right direction.
    Do you think you could ring back the hearing test place and ask to go on a cancellation list? I do this all this time and more often than not an appointment comes up earlier. Then you don't have to stress for ages.
    As for fine motor, i used this app with DD called on dexteria junior (i think that's what it called) and it's an occupational therapy tool for pincer grip and pointing. Daughter loved it. I'm sure there are other apps bit that one stuck in my mind. For ipad only though.
    Great idea on the speech therapy. For DDs language delay we do a lot of baby sign with talking. And lots of commentating on what she's playing. And she'll often copy. Plus we did some strategies from Hanen.
    I hope some of that helps you in the meantime.

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    It sounds like you have a great paed who was able to direct you as to where to go from here. The waiting for appointments is really frustrating so it's definitely a good idea to book the speech therapist ahead of time. Even if there is a hearing issue, keeping the speech therapist appointment might be a good idea - they can do a bit of a baseline assessment on his language and give good tips to help improve it. Then can monitor once the hearing issue is sorted out. Tamtam's idea of asking to be put on the cancellation list is a good one - hopefully that could reduce the wait time for the hearing assessment.

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    @Cue, I just want to commend you for taking action whilst your DS is still very young. It's important to follow your gut feelings when it comes to motherly instincts.

    There could very well be nothing significant amiss with him, but it's always best to have things looked into and ruled out.

    If there are developmental concerns, the earlier you know what you're dealing with the better for your DS.


 

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