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Testing, Testing, 123

by Regan

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You may remember that we are having K-Dub tested for his lack of words. At now almost 17 months, he still hasn’t said anything. The Husband swears that he hears him say “hi” all the time and maybe he has, but I’ve yet to hear it and I’m with him all day. I’m not sure if The Husband is hearing what he wants to hear or if he really has said it. But even if he has, it’s the only actual word he’s said. I remember Red as being a late talker, but he said “hi” clear as a bell at 13½ months and was speaking very well on his second birthday. I wish I would have written down when he really started talking. You think you’ll never forget these things, but after over 12 years, it’s hard to recall.

Anyway, the first step in the process was to get K’s hearing tested (I did this with Red as well at about the same age for the same reason). We went on Tuesday and his hearing is as perfect as they’re able to tell at this age. He passed his test with flying colors! The next step is Birth to Three to come to the house for an evaluation. This is happening on Friday.I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t nervous about this. You know how they say not to Google any medical symptoms because you’ll have yourself convinced that you have some dreaded disease or malady. The same is true when you have 16 month old who doesn’t speak. Google all but convinces you that it could be Autism. In my heart of hearts I don’t think that it is, even though I won’t lie that when he throws a temper tantrum or walks on his tiptoes I start to wonder. But according to the APRN and my reading, he does these things at a normal rate and nothing else, besides the lack of speech, fits with Autism. But Google can be a double-edged sword sometimes. Regardless, we will find out more on Friday from a professional instead of a search engine and deal with whatever the outcome is in the best way we know how.

Until then, we continue to wait.

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Shannon Stubbs April 2, 2012 - 5:28 pm

>Wishing you great luck at the testing!

Heidi Meinecke-Smith April 2, 2012 - 5:13 pm

>I remember my Aunt telling me that her son, the second oldest child of four, was a late talker. I'm not sure of his age when he started spitting out sentences but she said that's exactly what he did. One day no words, the next day sentences! He is now a Marine and fluent in three or four languages! I believe he learned Chinese in High School and German in the last few years. I always try to remember that even doctors are only going by what is "average" it's not what is "normal"! Best of luck!!!