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  1. That sounds really hard to hear. But there’s a lot of room for maneuver at this kind of age, so I’m sure with the hearing sorted out and the right support, particularly from such a caring family, he’ll be caught up in no time.

    But whether he is out he isn’t, he’s still your beautiful bright little boy. Extra hugs all round.

    1. Thank you, hon. I really appreciate that. It IS hard to hear, but nothing’s really changed, I guess. We just know there are things we need to work on now. Hopefully we will have more information at the next assessment so we can really know how to help him thrive. 🙂

  2. My son has been in a minimum of three therapies since he was 5 months old. He is now 4.5 yo and we are just figuring out the root cause to all his issues. They believe he has CHARGE syndrome. He was really delayed for a long time but the minute he started preschool at the age of 2.5 he just started BLOOMING! It is hard to hear that things are not what you expected but there is so much you can do once you have the information you need to help him bloom and catch up. He seems to want to learn and that is the best part. Once he is getting the extra help it will be no time at all before he is talking clearer and this will help him be less frustrated and in the long run and even happier beautiful little boy.

  3. Oh bless him! It’s so hard when your child isn’t developing how you expect them to isn’t it? Zachary is delayed in speech and motor too! He has a hearing test at the end of the month and we are waiting on speech therapy and podiatry appointments.

    My friends little boy had delayed speech at the same age, and he needed from it’s fitted. His speech improved really quickly! Hopefully with the hearing sorted for Dexter, everything will soon catch up! Xxx

    1. Thank you hon. Did you mean grommets? That’s what Dexter had, and we’ve seen such improvement since then. I really didn’t think he’d have as much of a delay now. It’s all sort of blindsided us. But the fact we’ve identified the problems means we can move forward with getting whatever help is necessary. I hope the hearing test goes well and that your speech therapy and podiatry appointments come through soon! xx

      1. Yes, grommets – not from it’s, serves me right for commenting on my phone! Stupid predictive text! 🙂

  4. A button as in a badge? I don’t know how to explain what that is for!

    J didn’t say a single word until he was over 3. Yesterday he used the word “tessellation” correctly in a sentence. He couldn’t reliably identify colours until 4. Last week we were discussing the properties of turquoise. At 5 he often uses the fist grip. His teacher has been known to tell him she might chop his hands off. I’m pretty sure he only learnt to draw a circle at 4. He will even now quite deliberately not walk in a straight line. There is nothing wrong with him, nothing at all. I’m very proud of him. Dexter is normal. He is a 3 year old. You know how sometimes if you look for problems you will find them? And you know how everyone is different? The rate at which children develop is vastly different, and this is something which I feel is all too often overlooked. It makes me a bit cross actually (your kid doesn’t fit on my line, there must be something wrong with him… sod off, there’s something wrong with your stupid line). I say, if he has a love of learning and is a well rounded person he is doing well. He has his whole life to learn how to draw a sodding circle.

  5. Good morning Ms. Reed,

    I am not one to normally post comments, however, your story really portrays how broken not only our educational system is, but our standards of social acceptance as well. I would not beat yourself up too hard over this ordeal. First and foremost, comparing a child to a “standard” is horrendously absurd. Children, especially at his age, develop at highly varying degrees. I would take any ‘standard’ so called experts have developed to categorize a child with a grain of salt. Intelligence cannot truly be measured by any means, and if your child thinks differently than the ‘norm’, heck, I would take that as the best compliment one can get! If your child is happy and playful and loves life, then don’t worry about it. It seems you are quite caught up on the social stigma of the situation more than what really matters; the happiness of your child. The love, compassion, and time you give him is more important than whether he fits a ‘social norm’ or is supposedly behind on his development. Everything will fall into place as it should as far as his learning and developmental ability goes– in time. In fact, you do not need to be a genius to be successful at life; I am also quite sure genius children get bad scores on those types of tests just as well. I have no faith in any ‘expert’ or any ‘test’ that tries to qualify a child’s developmental limitations and categorizes them either positively or negatively. Life is a bit more complex than quantifying a child’s limitations against a ‘standard’, but it is what gets the State’s money and gives these experts a job. Whatever floats their goat I guess…Good Luck!

  6. Like others have said, your son is going to be fine. You are a great mother, and he is very loved and taken care of. Don’t worry about what others say or do. Just be happy he is such a good kid. The rest will fall into place.

  7. Mama – your baby is fine! My son is 4 and he can’t draw a perfect circle or name all his colors or even count to ten without stumbling. Everyone moves at their own pace. Keep happy and don’t let this little thing get you down.

  8. I would say that at this point, try not to worry too much. He is still so young and there is still plenty of time for him to catch up (lots of kids hold their pencils like that, by the way. Fine motor skills activities are good for that). BUT there is plenty you can do at home. Play play and play some more. Just like you do. Children have a wonderful way of learning so much if they are given the chance to explore creatively and in a fun environment. You have every faith that Dexter is bright and inquisitive so that perception of him has no reason to change just because someone marked ‘failed’ on a form.
    x x x x

  9. My sister struggled with hearing when she was little, she had a lot of ear infections which affected her hearing. She did fall behind a little at school but once it was picked up on, and with lots of hard work she caught up and it has never held her back. Sending hugs

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