New with a 2 yr old SI kid

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Registered: 03-28-2003
New with a 2 yr old SI kid
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Thu, 07-31-2003 - 2:34pm
Hi, I am AnnMarie, 28 yr old SAHM to Mikey. He turned 2 in June and was diagnosed with SID at 20 months old. He's been in therapy since 21 months old.

He doesn't talk (we've heard a few 'no''s) but he does use some sign language and shakes his head 'no'. He is very good at getting his point across and (as opposed to 6 months ago) we have hardly any trouble understanding him now, and he is much much better at understanding us.

He doesn't appear to have any major defensiveness issues as far as everyday things, though he won't mess with play-doh, felt, beans, things like that. He's jumped leaps and bounds in learning how to use toys (now he gets it after just a few examples, rather than weeks). He is very active, runs into everything and lots of bumps and bruises. He is easily overwhelmed in large noisy situations, but had a birthday party at CEC and wasn't phased at all. His favorite toy was the Skee ball with lights, noises and tons of screaming kids....go figure.

Anyhow, I just wanted to introduce myself and my son. Besides all his therapy, home daycare and tutoring I am also planning my wedding in November to his father, Jason. Lots going on around here!!

AnnMarie

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 08-05-2003 - 5:07pm
Hi AnnMarie and Mikey! My son, Ian, is 3.5yo and was diagnosed with SID about the same age as Mikey, and also has a speech delay. He's also hypo-sensitive, meaning he needs a lot of stimulation to "feel" most things. But he's also hyper sensitive with other things, so you never can tell! Currently, bathroom hand driers are his enemy, but flushing toilets is fun! Can you tell he just potty trained?

Ian's been in speech therapy and at 3yo was transferred from our state's early intervention program to the school system's special ed preschool. Being around kids his age has helped his speech progress a lot. He also started out saying mostly "no", but now he has a good vocabulary. But he won't really put words together to convey an idea. He does say Momma, Daddy, and Alex (his big sister), so you can probably look forward to Mikey finally saying your name (but usually only when he's mad at you! LOL).

In looking back, when Ian was 2 he really wasn't "obviously" affected to people who didn't know him, but as he's getting older it's more and more noticeable that he's delayed. We spent the summer at my parents' house, and he played with a boy 6 months older, and the differences in speech ability was huge. On the other hand, Ian recognizes all the letters and numbers, while this average boy didn't, so I guess everyone has strengths and weaknesses.

Good luck with the wedding plans and such! And welcome!

Tracy, mom to Alexandra (6yo) and Ian (3.5yo)

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Thu, 08-07-2003 - 10:30am
Thanks Tracey. That's pretty funny because Mikey has just become obsessed with toilet flushing (although he can't do it himself and we are nowhere close to potty training) and he hates hand driers too.

He matches things like colors, numbers, shapes, but not too sure if he knows exactly what they are. He's on his way though. We've heard 'no' a few times and he says mama, but not always in the correct context. He, too, knows a child who is just 3 weeks younger than him and is talking up a storm. He was also much quicker at figuring out the point of toys, but as I said earlier, Mikey is getting much better at that.

Anyhow, thanks for the reply.

AnnMarie