Friday, April 24, 2009

My lazy chewer...

Who knew? I took Graden in for his 2 year shots and check up. In the questions the Dr was asking it turns out the dude has a speech delay. It is not a surprise to us. He has a very limited vocabulary and signs the other part of the time. He is very stubborn and gets his point across any way he can. But this was the really interesting part. She asked about how he chews his food? I was taken back and had to think. Then it came to me that at least a few times a week he spits food back onto his plate, or in my hand. Carrots, meat, tough bread, basically, he is a lazy chewer. Which is also a sign that his jaw and mouth muscles are not developed. He also has his mouth open a lot. He has a somber face. It's something we have all laughed about! Ooppss! I am not worried. He is still on medicaid and they pay for speech therapy. It is just crazy how you put things together when a few specific questions are asked! He is a trooper! Before you know it I will be posting about how I would pay money to have him quiet!

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Heather said...

Alli, both of my kids have (or are) dealing with similar issues. They both suffer from low muscle tone that can cause speech delays as well as eating/swallowing issues. I'm assuming they are referring you to the Infant/Toddler program through the state. If not you need to get a hold of them.
Give me a call (or yell over the fence), I've been through it & have lots of tips and advice.

Natalie said...

Good luck with the speech therapy! I'm sure he will be talking like crazy soon!

Leah said...

I think that's really admirable that you are not freaking out about this, us moms tend to make an ordeal of nothing. Good luck with the speech therapy. He is the cutest lazy chewer I have ever seen!

Mark and Lachelle said...

I agree with Leah, he is a dang cute lazy chewer! I know everything will go good with his speach therapy, and he won't ever want to STOP talking! :)

THE KROMMENHOEK FAMILY said...

It's great you've gotten the heads up early. I bet by the time he starts school, no one will even know he ever had a delay!

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