July 2012 Moms

should we call Early Intervention?

my kids are 1 year (11 months adjusted) and pedi thinks they should be saying about 3 words by now.  I am more concerned with Ayden than Sydney.

now, disabilities is my field... so i know parents usually wait until they KNOW something is wrong, and then by that point the kids only have a couple of months of EI before they age out.  I would rather get services sooner than later.  (sometimes it takes a few months for the application process, and that is just time lost)

By no means do I think that Ayden has a real problem, he just has a little catching up to do in terms of speech.  He is still just saying vowel sounds.

I was thinking of waiting 1 more month until he is 1 year adjusted age, but pedi says he definitely should be talking by the 15 month appt, but that's a little late for me.

Thoughts?  Wait 1 more month or wait 3 like pedi said?




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Re: should we call Early Intervention?

  • I personally think that each baby/child will earn on their own time line and terms. I thinking waiting 3 months would be fine, especially seeing as they are still pretty young! 
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  • image Jessie11LU:

    Since you are in the disabilities field you obviously would have experience with something like this right? Remove yourself from this scenario and decide if it was one of your patients/clients/students/etc., what advice would you give them? Take that advice.

    Oh, to clarify I work with teenagers and adults but used to work with school-age children.  We work WITH Early Intervention but I have no professional knowledge in that age group.
    ETA:  But if it was me talking to a parent, i would tell them the earlier the better.




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  • AudteeAudtee
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    Yes, it can't hurt. DS was born 7 weeks premature and we have had him followed by EI since 5 months. In our state they come to your home to do an evaluation to determine if your child qualifies and it can take awhile to get into the system. DS initially qualified due to torticollis, selfresolved, and prematurity. We have not needed any services so far, but they still check in each month. We were a little worried about his speech because he was making no sounds at 10 months due to recurrent ear infections, but right around 11 months actual, after getting ear tubes, he had an explosion of words and now has surpassed that of a typical 13 month old. EI is still tracking him just incase he needs services in the future.
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  • I would not wait.  Like you, I'd want to get started on the paperwork ASAP so I didn't have to wait for services once I was really sure they were needed.
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  • There is no harm in having the evaluation done.

    You know your child best tho. Every child is different. I have worked in child care and I would say most of the 1 yr olds I have seen do not say 3 words. My LO only says mama, dada, and night night....and sometimes not even purposefully. I'm not concerned tho. Go with your heart.

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    I see no harm in getting him evaluated. If they think it is too early to tell, they will let you know.
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  • SBBBESBBBE
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    I would need a little more detail on what he is and isn't doing to give you more of an opinion but I would stick with what the doctor says for now. Keep in mind when kids age out of EI it is because they are at the age to receive services from the public school.

    In the meantime I would research the guidlines for EI in your state. How many days after he is referred do they have to get the ball rolling? How many days before they have to be finished with testing? If he qualifies and a plan is written how many days do they have before they have to start? And the most important question, if he doesn't qualify how much time has to pass for him to be retested? In my state it is 6 months.

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  • You can ask for an eval, and they will tell you whether you qualify.  You are still TWO YEARS from aging out, so I wouldn't focus on that as an issue right now...

    From what I have seen, you will either qualify or not, and you don't have much say in the matter.  For typical kids, I think it's rare that they will give you services if there isn't a delay, because it could be a very huge waste of resources to provide ST (for example) to kids who will meet their milestones on time anyway.  The system is overloaded as it is.

    Private therapy is always an option... We obviously qualify for EI, but know that EI still doesn't provide what is ideal, so we have budgeted a loooot for private therapy in e next few years.   

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  • Dagny is 11 months and has no words. I mean she babbles pretty constantly, both vowels and consonants, but no actual words. She says DaDa a lot but not really in connection with DH.

    So I guess I would wait. I wouldn't worry yet.
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  • DS just babbles. He does baba, mama when he's crying and dada. No others tho. He doesn't relate any of these to the meanings. I'm not concered.

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  • I wouldn't be concerned and wait. My first son didn't start really talking until he was 21 months. He is ok now and never stops talking lol. Jacob was a lot earlier then that. Noah just says dada, baba, and maybe hi. But I think that he just copying the sound I make when I say hi.


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  • No, don't call anyone there is absolutely nothing wrong with your kids.
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  • I work with young kids and at this point I wouldn't.  I think its normal for some kids to NOT say words this young, especially if they are working on other skills. 

    T says mama, dada, baba and something that sounds like up, but I don't think he associates any of them at this point.  I'm not too concerned because he is so busy doing other stuff.  

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  • image kitchencolors:

    You are still TWO YEARS from aging out, so I wouldn't focus on that as an issue right now...

    For typical kids, I think it's rare that they will give you services if there isn't a delay, because it could be a very huge waste of resources to provide ST (for example) to kids who will meet their milestones on time anyway.  The system is overloaded as it is.

    This.  Seems to be jumping the gun to me.  Kids don't fall into perfect categories and develop at the same pace.  I would wait till there is actually problem before seeking intervention.  Right now, you don't have a problem, you have a healthy baby that is not saying 3 words yet. 

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  • JennMMJennMM
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    Anna only says one word right now. My pedi said that was fine. If you're worried though, call. Can't hurt. I would probably wait.

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  • trying not to be a worrywart here, but you guys are saying "my kid only says mama or dada" or 1 word, Ayden isn't saying any of that.  Just vowel sounds. 

    Like i said in a previous post, we are not giving him a binky at all during the day in the hopes he will be more verbal.

    i think we will definitely wait a little bit and play it by ear, but i don't think i will wait until 15 months if he still isn't saying mama or dada.




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    Dagny is 11 months and has no words. I mean she babbles pretty constantly, both vowels and consonants, but no actual words. She says DaDa a lot but not really in connection with DH. So I guess I would wait. I wouldn't worry yet.

    Same here.  I think every baby develops differently so I would be inclined to wait a bit longer. 

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  • Our kids are supposed to be talking!? Crap. DD has said a few words on accident I think, but that is all.
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  • Wow, I have no opinion one way or the other because I see the good points being made on both sides.  Can it hurt just to get an evaluation?  I think I would wait personally, but I did not have a preemie.

    I hope its fine and he just needs to catch up.  FWIW, my kid says dadadada and buhbuhbuh, but thats about it.

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  • I think I'm in the minority, but.... 

    my opinion on this is: chhillllllll.

    Your doc says things are fine, he's a year, a lot of our kids aren't saying things.Mine says words by mistake, she might know dog and book, and she's said f*cked up twice, but i'm not counting those things. And I'm pretty sure she thinks of me as the fat lady... cuz mama has never come out of her mouth. 

    I say wait so that you don't drive yourself nuts.  

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  • At 11 months my daughter isn't saying any words and I'm not worried at all.

    My son didn't have any words at his 12 month appointment and they wanted one word. I don't remember what they wanted at 15 and 18 months, but I know he didn't have it.

    They said we would talk about an evaluation at his 2 year appointment if he was still behind. However, at 2 years he was far ahead of what they wanted. Some kids talk earlier, others talk later. I personally think it's way too early to think there is a problem. Of course, if it would make you feel better go ahead and call.
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  • My ped said we would get DS1 evaluated if he was not babbling by 9 mos. She was thinking of starting with a hearing test and going from there.

    DS1 started babbling just before 9 months and then he speech took off.

    If it was me, I would not wait until 15 months. That's just me though.

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  • I would wait.  Language development really varies from one kid to the next and kids change SO much over a short period of time.  What he's not doing today, he may be doing in 2 weeks.  Try not to worry and focus on talking a lot with him to encourage him to talk.

    FWIW- my LO pretty much only says dadadada.  When she's ticked, you'll get some bababa, mamama, nanana. A friend's kid only says 1-2 words at 18 months and their Dr. isn't worried. My niece only said a few words until after her 2nd b-day and then one day she just started talking up a storm.


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  • I am definitely in the "don't worry about it" camp. At this age they can learn new stuff overnight and he seems totally normal to me.  Lily is 11 months and I get the occasional "mama" and that's it.  Keep talking to them and reading to them and try not to worry!
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