I have been lurking on this board for a few months and wanted to formally say hello and ask some questions or just get any insight there is out there. I have 22 month old b/g twins. My DS has been behind in speech and we've been doing evaluations and appointments for months. We started when he was 15 months old with EI because he wasn't sticking out his tongue or moving his mouth in a way that would enable him to make sounds outside of grunting and 'ah'. They recommended developmental intervention with an educator and OT. They said he was too young for speech. We did the DI and OT. The OT was private because the wait was long through EI. The DI educator was terrible and showed up 15 mins late, spent 10 mins in the bathroom, and then 20 mins filling out paperwork. He improved with skills like blocks, puzzles, and playing with toys appropriately though OT and was discharged and recommended to speech. We did the speech assessment in which he has definite deficiency and although he recognized objects and follows instruction he cannot communicate outward. She recommended a developmental pediatrician and hearing test. We filled out all of the paperwork for DP and are waiting for an appointment. We did the hearing test today.
I had never been concerned about his hearing because he can follow direction, can hear his songs and music on the television, and dances along when he hears music. Today we found that he has fluid behind his eardrum and neither of them are working properly and it does effect his hearing. They had to turn the noise up quite loud for him to recognize the sound and said that it is correctable but he definitely is having trouble hearing. We are now going to see our pedi and ENT and will have to repeat the test. I guess I am confused since it seemed like he could hear. And also confused because I don't know if it's possible he's had this congestion for all of these months when he's had no ear infections and while he has been sick recently was not in the fall when we started all of this. I guess I am just unsure if the speech could possibly be related to the hearing since it's a deficiency I've noticed for a long time and I don't know if its possible he's been congested all of this time. I guess I am really curious about any insight or experience there might be out there. Thanks in advance for any experience or advice.