Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Dayton, Oh WPAFB
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We have a bit in common...my son is hearing impaired (although only mild-moderate) but his hearing loss is conductive due to mild microtia/atresia, malformed ear drums, and complications from a cleft palate (fluid, infection, etc). He doesn't wear aids because of his physical malformations. We use ASL with him and he is doing fantastic with it!!! (he's 36 months old, his signs put him in the 36-40 month range, his verbalizations put him in the 15-18 month range).
He also had a gross motor delay and fine motor delays, although he overcame his gross motor delays by around age 2 and his fine motor delays are mild now.
He has esotropia, depth perception issues, and maybe has strabismus (or pseudo-strabismus, hard to tell because his eyes are wide spaced and his nasal bridge flatter than normal).
We did discover an underlying chromosomal syndrome, he has a deletion on chromosome 22 called Velocardiofacial Syndrome or DiGeorge Syndrome. It took 11 months and three visits to the geneticist before the right test was run to find this diagnosis. Finally they did a Microarray and discovered the deletion.
Now we're dealing with severe speech issues, immune deficiency, slow growth, and we're working on transitioning him from Early Intervention to public schools (what a process!)
This forum has been wonderful!! No one has the exact same issues as Connor, but that's part of what makes this so great, we cover the whole spectrum!
Mommy to BigBoy Ian (3-17-05) ; LittleBoy Connor (3-3-07) (DiGeorge/VCFS):; BabyBoy Gavin (10-3-09) x3 AngelBaby (1-7-06)