Back in the Swing
I would like to take a moment to thank all of you who commented on my last post A New Adventure Begins
. Thank you for your prayers and kind words. It is so nice to hear your voices echoing on the blog the same situations and experiences as my own. It is reassuring to know that I am not alone, although I truly know that I am not which is why I thought it was important to write the post.
As I read through the comments, I once again know how blessed I am to have both a family and a career. As one therapist, Pamela wrote, "It's a great life!"
Now, I'd like to continue the practice of answering reader questions frequently on the blog. The following question was submitted recently:
I have two kids on my caseload with similar issues: used to have 10-15 words, but have lost them. Now use mostly babble and do not tolerate solid foods well, either gag or can not chew them and form a bolus. They are both active, engaging little people and a puzzle for me, because the parents say they were talking and now are not. I do not believe it is autism. One of these children has had two surgeries this summer with anesthesia and intubated for 8 days; the other has had no significant events. Any ideas?
I found this question to be particularly interesting and puzzling, which is why I wanted to share it with readers. I usually do not see children have 10-15 words and then lose them completely. The few times I have seen this, either the child had experienced some sort of medical trauma (i.e. a severe seizure, a TBI, etc) or the child was showing signs of autism. My guess is that the child who had two surgeries and was intubated for 8 days may have suffered some trauma that negatively impacted his/her speech and language. I am curious what type of surgery was performed.
Regarding the other situation, the therapist reports that the child is "engaging" which makes me think that autism may not be the culprit. I am wondering if something else is as play. Are other areas of development being affected? Has the child regressed in the areas of fine and/or gross motor? Are there other important characteristics and/or behaviors being displayed? Has anything else significant happened in the child's life that would affect their growth and development - the birth of a sibling? Moving to a new home? Parents separated or divorced?
Have other readers seen situations such as this? Please weigh in with your thoughts and questions.
Let us take a moment to pray for all the people suffering in Haiti. May they find peace, safety and healing soon in the days and months to come.