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lately i've been wondering if ds1 might have apraxia of speech. he will be two at the end of the month and still doesn't really talk much at all. he babbles constantly and can make all kinds of sounds independently, but not always on command and he seems to have trouble putting them together to make actual words. every once in awhile out of the blue he will say a word or even a phrase. like the other night when i was laying him down to go to bed and i said "i love you" he said "love you too" clear as day like he had said it a thousand times before but he hasn't come anywhere close to being able to repeat it even in part since then. he's very bright and very social and understands pretty much everything that i say unless i'm talking in some huge run-on sentence or something so i really don't think it's a hearing problem or that he's on 'the spectrum'. so i've been trying to do a little research and i'm wondering if maybe it is developmental apraxia of speech? is anyone familiar with this?
 

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Hey momma the easiest thing for you to do is get your ds eveluated. They will check hearing and speach. If you have a local Child development center, the evals are usually free. Or contact your local headstart, or public school. Make sure it is a speech patholigist who does the eval if you think it is apraxia. Trust your instincts if you think something is wrong. Does your son lose words he use to know well, or get words confused? When he babbles does it sound like he thinks he talking like we do? Does his voice fluctuate (sp?) like ours do when we talk? Does he understand a lot of what you say but there is a huge gap between what he understands and what he can say?<br>
Get him evaluated if you are unsure that is the only way you will know for sure. And ask questions on the special needs board, there are few momma's who children have apraxia. good luck
 

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yes he definately loses words, and he definately sounds like he thinks he is talking the same as we do with all the correct voice fluctuations and facial expressions and everything and there is certainly a HUGE gap between what he understands and what he can verbally say. i don't understand 90% of what he verbally says. i usually only 'get' what he is trying to tell me if he signs it to me.
 

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I used to work in early intervention and I second getting the evaluation. It is free and most likely so are any services you might need if anything is indeed wrong. Even if it is not apraxia, but it turns out his language is a little delayed you would still qualify for speech-language therapy. Most early intervention therapists are trained to teach the parent and to do therapy through play. Even if he doesn't really need it, the services certainly can't hurt. Here is the link to early intervention in your state: <a href="http://www.ncei.org/ei/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.ncei.org/ei/index.html</a><br><br>
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Apraxia can be a somewhat subjective diagnosis, so always get a second opinion.
 
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