I have a son. He is three. He is a late talker
He is yet to speak in sentences.
All he has is a few words and gestures.
But what a bubbly and lovely boy.]
I was a little bit disturbed a few weeks ago. I think I was reading too much into autism spectrum disorder that I thought that he might actually be having it.
Well, he was displaying some signs of hyperlexia and I devoured information on that to find that it might be a precursor to autism.
And that got me scared stiff.
Then I stumbled on another article on receptive language disorder and thought that he might not be understanding what we the parents are telling him.
Could it be the reason why he seems not to hear when I call him out.
Anyway, I had to do something
Because people in speech delay forums were all talking of the beauty of early intervention.
I found in some circles about the Nemechek protocol.
It is a treatment of inulin, omega 3 and extra virgin oil.
But I honestly did not see so much change in the boy.
He just hated omega 3 and would have puked or convulsed if only not to take it.
So it was fights and fights between a boy who hated the fish oil and a father who was hell bent on helping his kid talk in all ways possible.
I also read into the Einstein syndrome: bright children who talk late. It is a book by Thomas Sowell who was a father to a late talking children. He had help in writing the book from Professor Stephen Camarata of Vanderbilt University who happens to have specialized in speech pathology.
He says that bright children with the Einstein syndrome will only be interested in things that please them and will be bored by all other things. That their parents could be in science or music fields. That they have trouble with potty training.
That they rarely give up when they start focusing on something.
He seemed to fit the bill.
But the problem is that with the list of all the famous late talkers, Sowell does not give action on what one should do to get the child talking.
So what do I do?
I went to see a pediatrician to examine the boy.
I was first sent to an audiologist to have his ears checked just to make sure that his hearing is okay.
I thought the pediatrician would say that the boy was autistic because his eye contact was off and he was not able to play with kids.
But they dismissed it.
The boy was good.
He just lacked interaction with other kids
But look here, we are in hard corona virus times when all schools are closed.
So what other option is left.
I could either book for speech therapy sessions, think about teletherapy or have him go to the village to his grandmother’s place where there are other kids to play with.
I chose the last option.
And I had him there for two weeks.
Well, things are looking up for him now
He looks intently at people and also knows how to play.
I should also point out that he is still the same jolly and bubbly boy that he was.
So what activities am I currently engaging him in:
- Getting him to play with other kids
- Talking repeatedly in simple language to him
- Saying hi to him and looking intently into his eyes
- Engaging him in family play
- Talking to him on what he is doing
- Taking him for walks around the house