Speech Delays and Sensory Issues

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Speech Delays and Sensory Issues
Tue, 10-20-2009 - 3:43pm


My 2.4 dd has " sensory issues" which are in the process of being dx. She also had GDD, and a 6 month delay in expressive language, and a little less in receptive. She tends to put things in her mouth, and her OT says she might do it because she would need the extra stimulation. My dd also overstuffs her mouth when she eats, which she finds hilarious btw...My question is I wonder if the sensory issues could be related to her delay in speech production. Any one experienced the two and think they are related? If so can anything be done for help? We are on a loong waiting list for speech therapy...

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Wed, 10-21-2009 - 7:45pm

Okay so this is my second attempt to respond to your post. My 9mo old deleted my last post.

If you have time stop by the speech delay board. I think you will find a lot of moms on there with kiddos who also have sensory issues. Mine is one of them.

Gabe did/does over stuff his mouth. We used to "wake" up his mouth before he would eat with vibrating toys. We used ones called wigglers. They also have ones called z-vibe. Ask your OT about it. Nuk brushes work well too. My son is an oral seeker and he mouths everything. Even at almost 5 he is still very much an oral seeker. We find safe things for him to chew on.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask. Oh and welcome to the board.

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Registered: 10-27-2009
Tue, 10-27-2009 - 12:49pm
My son also has oral issues, but he's never had a problem with speech. I think this is one thing that could be related, but isn't neccessarily, at least according to our OT.
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Sat, 11-07-2009 - 6:25pm
There is a large speech therapy facility here & they have their own occupational therapist for sensory processing disorder. So I believe they can sometimes be related.

My son has speech issues as well. Since he was not talking at 1.5 yrs we were told to put him into early speech therapy, but we were in the 'my child is perfect stage, what is your problem?' state of mind. He started speaking a month later after spending a week with kids his age.

As most moms I was able to communicate with my son before he could speak, so I had no problem understanding him. So when he reached kindergarten & his teacher said he needed speech I was shocked.

My son is in the 2nd grade and still in speech therapy. Though, most people would never guess it. The pathologist is working on strengthening his ch & sh sounds.

I think with my son he seems to have some delays in all motor movement, poor muscle development. So the pathologist has him blowing into horns & whistles to help build muscles.

I found this on an "about" page.

"Only when we are sick of our sickness shall we cease to be sick."

~ Lao-Tzu, from The Tao Te Cheng