Madisons story

by KIM MILLER
(MT WASHINGTON KY)

I have a beautiful daughter named Madison who will be 3 in December. We noticed as soon as she started walking at 1... she always walked on her toes. When I took her for her 2 yr check up her doctor said she may need speech therapy. We gave her 5 months and did not see much improvement so we decided to begin speech therapy. Her therapist notice how hyper she was and that she was always toe walking. She suggested Madison should be seen by an OT.


I had never even heard of SPD before meeting her OT. She has shown some improvement but she still is talking at about 18 month level.They suggested that a psychologist come out on Monday to evaluate her. I am so stressed about my baby girl sometimes I feel like I have failed as a parent. If anyone has any advice for me I would really appreciate it.

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Nov 22, 2008
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fluid in her ears
by: Brandi

My daughter Emily use to have poor speech when she started talking, she kind of sounded like how a deaf person would talk. Emily also battled with chronic ear infections. All that was due to the fact that she always had fluid behind her ear drums. The fluid never drained, so at two we had tubes put in. She has only had one ear infection since and she talks so much clearer.

Look to see if she has fluid behind her ears.

Oct 10, 2008
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I can relate!
by: Deana

My daughter is a toe walker from the get go too! She is also 3 and has speech issues and has SDP. Her speech is improving. She too is hyper! No attention span to speak of. She was being seen by Early Intervention and then "aged out". Our case worker was so great and made sure that we knew where to go next. Got her into the school system and now she goes there for speech and OT. They just decided that she will go into a classroom setting with her peers and I know that she'll thrive there! She is a body rocker (rocks back and forth and hums, with a blanket over her head) Anyone else have these symptoms? It takes time and patience but you'll be so grateful when you see the improvements!

Oct 10, 2008
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Just keep hanging on!
by: Aidan's Mommy

It can be very frustrating trying to get everything started for your daughter and may take a little time until you can really achieve what you want for her. We are just beginning our journey with my son. The biggest relief for us was that we finally got someone to listen and believe us. He is smart enough that he slips under the radar easily and we were just brushed off. You have to keep fighting and pushing until you get what you want for your daughter! So don't give up and don't stop! It seems that school systems seem to have a decent amount of resources, so if you haven't already, see if your school system offers anything to help....

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