Hi everyone: I have not been around in a while (been working a lot) but a while back, about a month ago, I posted saying that our pediatrician suggested getting an evaluation to see whether ds needs OT or PT because he was 18 months old and not talking yet and also being fairly agressive (mostly biting). I got good responses here from people who'd had it done.
So, we just had the evaluation today: he was observed by 3 different specialists for his play skills, socialization, fine and gross motor skills, etc. And when they talked to dh and me afterward they noted that he is still bfing and told me that the physical therapist thinks that it's likely that it has something to do with his mouth muscles being weak and him not having words yet. I was so surprised, I have never heard of this being a by-product of bfing before at all--and I read a lot of articles and books about child development, bfing, and so on. SO I expressed my surprise (and skepticism) and they were quick to say It's a personal choice, of course you won't be pushed to wean if you're not ready. But it seems to me if they're saying that, it would be obvious they're also saying bfing is slowing him down in the speech department. THey added that bottles, sippy cups too are to blame for this but aren't most kids who are 19 months old using sippy cups and/or bottles, if not bfing? I just need some feedback on this, especially if anyone has done OT or PT with their kid to jump start talking. I am in no particular hurry to end the bfing. DS does it a few times a day, mostly at night, and it calms him down and comforts him alot, and I use it to connect with him because I work full time.