". . . if all my possessions were taken from me
with one exception, I would choose to keep the power
of communication, for by it I would soon regain
all the rest."        -Daniel Webster

Speech & Language Delays

Welcome to our S/L page! It's on days like this that I wish I had a girlfriend to call who really understands what it is like to have a child that is non-verbal. Luke has cried all day, wouldn't even point to what he wanted, fussed at everyone who came near him...I could go on and on. THIS was one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days! :-)

But then there was yesterday, when he used the sign "more" for the very first time and we all cheered for him. He was as happy as a lark yesterday - signing for a drink, more, saying tay-too for thank you, kissing and hugging all of us. Now that I think about it, I have those kinds of days too. It's understandable that he would with the added frustration of not being able to communicate his wants or needs. Incidentally, chocolate milk calms him down much the same way as a piece of chocolate calms me. Love those Hershey Kisses!

So I set at my computer, typing away, seeking to share in the good and bad days that come with parenting a child with a speech delay. I hope you find some of the links below helpful - I did. One tip: Rather than spend hours on the internet and end up with a headache from viewing the screen too long, print out the articles that you think you'd like to read and put them all in a 3 ring binder. This way, you have a portable handbook full of articles and information pertinent to your child. If you don't have a quality (or reliable) printer, Kinko's will print things from a 3.5 floppy for around 6 cents @ page.

Here you have it then, and check back frequently as I'm one of those people who can never have enough information. I've added a photo of Luke at the bottom of the page so now you can all agree with me that he's the most handsome 2-1/2 year old boy you've ever seen. Aside from your own of course.

LearningDisabilitiesOnline.org               About.com

BabyBumbleBee.com                                 FutureHorizons.com

ChristianParenting - Autism                 ChildrenOfDestiny.org
                                                              If you visit nothing else, visit this site!
Autism.com                                           ToddlerMoms

Inspired Idea.com                                Apraxia-Kids.org

Printable Picture Cards
                        American Sign Language

Do2Learn.com                                              Inspired Idea.com

Cognitive Concepts                              Homeschool Language                                                                           Impaired Forum

Homeschooling Your                            Straight Talk: Dyspraxia
Special Needs Child

SpeechDelay.com                                 ASHA.org

Nathhan.com                                         SimplifiedSigns.org

I really like the feel of my     It's Naptime & You're Makin'
           tongue!                              Me Pose For a Picture!
UPDATE 12-26-2003:
As of today, Luke has 8 words and many consonant sounds! He is even attempting CV and a couple of CC blends! Adjusting to the therapy and therapists has taken some time, but speech therapy (2.5 hours a week), occupational therapy (1 hour a week + sensory diet daily), and physical therapy (daily + monthly evaluations) are all going well.
We began Luke on a gluten-free casein-free diet in September. At that time we also added an essential fatty acid supplement to his diet. I cannot explain the progress he has made! In addition to the new words and sounds he has, his sensory issues are all but gone as well! Some of the autistic-like traits he exhibited occasionally (like "zoning out" and spinning) are gone too! 

Whether this progress is from the dietary changes we have made or the EFA supplement I cannot say. I do know that we saw almost zero progress in his speech until we added the EFA and took out wheat and dairy from his diet. Another plus is that he hasn't had an ear or sinus infection since July! At that time he was having them so frequently that our pediatrician was asking us to consider having tubes inserted in his ears. In fact, none of the kids nor Shawn & I have had so much as a sniffle since summer. In support of Luke we all take an EFA and have gone almost totally GFCF as a family. Many of our aches and pains have dissolved and our mental clarity seems to be better.

I don't want to say all of this proposing it as a cure-all. I know without the prayers of many who love and care about Luke he wouldn't have any progress. I give the glory to God alone. I believe also that through Him we were given wisdom to try these dietary changes and that they are absolutely working. Research this for yourself - I hope you find some useful information through the links below.

Shalom Ranch                                              EFA's@Apraxia-Kids

EFA's@Speech-Express                           More On Apraxia

Why GFCF?                                         Online Apraxia Support

NoMilk.com                                         A Year's Worth of GF Reading

GFCF-Diet.com                                   Essential Fatty Acid Research

My Favorite E-Group

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