5 Month Update on Tim’s Therapy

The improvements are nothing spectacular. But we’ll take whatever we can.

For 5 months, we have been paying thousands of pesos just for Tim’s treatment. The improvement is basically a rapid fire of gibberish and then 1 or 2 real words out from him.

He’s still struggling to express himself in words. The few words he knows is not yet enough to hold a conversation. Although, his attention is so much better than before.

We’ll be meeting his doctor this September. I think therapy will still continue. But I’m guessing that his doctor will mix in medication.

Because frankly, time is running out.

What is Speech Delay?

Language and speech delay affects 5% to 10% of pre-school kids.

Unfortunately, my son is affected by this disorder which is part of Global Developmental Delay (GDD).

My son, Timothy is now 4 years old, and will be 5 years old in a few months. He’s still unable to string a complete sentence spontaneously.

Clearly, this is the most obvious sign of language delay.

So What is Speech Delay?

Speech delay is essentially language development going in the right order, but the problem is, it is very slow.

Two-year-old’s should be able to say 2 words or more. When Tim was 2, he was pretty much silent.

The problem with language delay is that you can’t tell if your kid has developmental problems, or just a late bloomer.

It’s better that we have Tim on therapy. At least, even if he is just a late bloomer, his language skill will be developed further.

That said, I’m not really confident that my son is a late bloomer. I think he has difficulty sequencing words into coherent sentences on his own.

Doctors are Cautious

I’m a little frustrated that Tim’s doctor is not really giving us any detailed information about his condition.

The thing is, you can’t blame the doctors. They are cautious to jump to conclusions.

It’s already very tough to diagnose and tell parents that their child is suffering from GDD.

There is really nothing more we can do but train Tim to speak everyday, and through therapy.

5 Simple but Effective Tips for Speech and Language Development

Parents like us feel euphoric hearing our child speak their first words. We document them, we post them on social media, and we tell our friends.

We also feel anxious when we don’t see them reaching that milestone. Some of us are in denial telling ourselves that they are just delayed. They can keep up eventually. A common mistake that can cause our child’s speech development.

Others parents will immediately take action and have their children checked by a speech pathologist/therapist.

Of course, most first time parents wouldn’t know what to do. We just make assumptions. It’s a hit or miss.

If you see your child not developing according to standard speech and language milestones, it wouldn’t hurt to have them checked.

While waiting though, it’s good to have some basics to help our child go through the process.

Here are a few tips to help your child’s speech and language development.

1. Learn to use the language that your child is familiar with. Avoid the use of mixed languages.

You should learn to keep your points and sentences simple, clear and straight to the point. Say one thing at a time.

2. Make use of body languages like gestures. Point at the things that you want them to know.

A great example is to make animated gestures like passing the book and saying that you are passing the book. Hold a spoon a spoon and say that you are holding a spoon. Explain what is it for while showing it to your child.

3. Learn what interests your child most or what they love doing and make use of them to drive their attention. You can use that as the point of conversation.

If your child loves cars, play with them but explain in a subtle manner movements and actions using the toy i.e. the car is moving up the hill, etc.

4. Let your child interact with others, by working or playing alongside other kids.

Interaction with other kids can do wonders. Kids imitate other kids. Of course, it’s necessary to be there to advise a kid whether what he is imitating is good or not.

5. When your child starts speaking, invest on children’s book.

Read with your child. Teach him or her how to read and how to say letters and sounds properly.

What else can we do to help our child with speech delay?

As parents, the best thing to do is to educate ourselves. Read books and other informational materials on speech and language development. Or have you kids checked by developmental pediatrician or speech pathologists or therapist if you see first signs of this condition.

Do you know any other tips to help your child’s speech and language development? We love to hear your thoughts.

5 Ways to Enhance Attention Span to Aid in Your Child’s Speech Development

We know how important focus or attention is. Attention is needed in order for a child to learn.

We don’t need our child’s developmental pediatrician to tell us that. But sometimes it is important to hear it again.

My goal for this article is to give practical tips and tricks to help develop your child’s attention span without the aid of medication.

Attention Disorder Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects between 1.5 and 3.5 million school-age children in the U.S., or an estimated 5% of all boys and 2% of all girls. Why ADHD affects more boys than girls is a mystery at this point. Up to 60% of these children will continue to have symptoms into adulthood. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than a million children take prescription medicines to control hyperactive behavior. The estimated cost to schools is about 3 billion dollars.

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How We are Trying to Correct our Kid’s Speech Delay

As I’ve mentioned before, our son, Timothy has been diagnosed with GDD with speech delay.

His logic is that of a two-year-old. That makes it very hard to teach him any meaningful skills.

A while ago I found an article called Global Developmental Delay is Uncurable [sic].

It’s a curious headline because Tim’s doctor specifically said that there are sufferers of GDD that have indeed recovered.

At first, I don’t know what is the author’s agenda. Maybe that headline was just click bait.

Read moreHow We are Trying to Correct our Kid’s Speech Delay

In All Honesty…

In all honesty what do I really know about Global Developmental Delay? Not much.

Aside from reading a few materials online and listening to my son’s child psychiatrist, I hold no expertise.

Yet, I’m still here willing to write a little bit about my experiences. Why?

Because being a parent of a child with GDD is tough, tiring, and a basket of disappointment.

While I can’t blame my kid of his condition, I often blame myself for a lot of things. Is it in my DNA? Did we allow him to watch and play too much?

I often feel like a failure when I look at my child. But all these feelings are all for nothing because it will not help him.

Though I’m a fairly negative person, I want to remain optimistic on this one. It’s my child, simple as that.

Regardless of whether he recovers or not, I love him and will support him until my last breath.

His Little Brother

Damian is Tim’s little brother. This one seems to be a “normal” kid developmentally speaking.

Just two years old, and here I am feeling guilty again. I’ve been so focused on Tim that I’m neglecting Damian.

Not on purpose I’m sure.

But I seem to have a shorter fuse when dealing with him.

Truth is, Damian really pushes a few of my buttons. He’s really loud, he hits us, he plays with his milk. You know, what a regular kid usually does. But I can’t seem to give him slack like I do Tim.

Maybe in my narrow little head, I feel like he can understand, though, of course, he can’t.

I need to be better with Damian. I admit that I favor Tim over him for now. But that’s because Tim really needs help.

Damian also needs our help and guidance. I want to be a better father to both my kids. I love them both, but again, I’m only human.

Their Super Mum

My kids are lucky they have a mom like her.

She does everything in the house and she works as a full time social media manager, team leader, and writer.

I’m very lucky to have her by my side. She makes everything easier.

She is the heart and soul of this family.

While I have my head up in the clouds dreaming of investing, Internet Marketing, creating an authority site, she works her butt off into the night to fulfill her duties while the kids are sleeping.

She is a conscientious and hard working employee. Truly an inspiration to every home worker.

I just wish that I can pull my head out of my ass long enough to provide better for her and this family.

She gave up taking the bar this year to really focus on Tim and his therapy.

She basically gave up her dream of becoming a lawyer.

I just wish that I can put into words how much I appreciate her. Then again, if my fuse was short with Damian, it is even shorter with her.

My actions toward her and Damian is a reflection of my true character as a person. I’m volatile, easy to anger, and so very hard to please.

I realize this in introspect. I really do. And I want to be a better father, husband, and person.

If wishes were horses.

But no, everyone of us has flaws. Mine just stick out like a sore thumb. At least, that’s my perception of it all.

 

The Ups and Downs of Parenting My Son

Timothy is a wonderful child. He is 4 years old but delayed. He actually is not too far off when compared to his 2 year old brother.

The ups this week is that we are having a little bit of progress when it comes to exercising and accomplishing tasks. In addition, my sons had the time of their lives when we went to the park yesterday.

The down is that Tim seems to be getting violent tantrums. It started about 2 to 3 weeks ago. Like, when he doesn’t get what he wants, he throws stuff, or stomps his feet, or deliberately hits his head on the floor. He also tends to punch and kick both of us in not just one instance.

This is starting to bother us because time out doesn’t seem to be working. The increase of violent behavior seems to have started when we subtracted tablets out of his daily activity. This is just my hypothesis but it seems plausible, right?

I mean, take away something that has become a habit then the energy of the kid goes somewhere else?

We’ve really been suffering a little bit with his increase violent tendencies. It is even more distressing that he is willing to hurt us and himself to get what he wants.

Discipline of a Child

What we’ve learned in the parenting seminar is the ABC.

A – Antecendent
B – Behavior
C – Consequence

For example, Tim asks for milk. He does so by crying and stomping his feet. If we give him milk then we encourage this behavior.

Simply put, Tim will think that crying and stomping his feet, as a behavior, will always yield him the milk as a consequence.

The thing that we can do when he is crying and stomping his feet is:

  • Ignore him to teach him that bad behavior will merit nothing
  • Praise the correct behavior
  • Punish the child for the behavior (we try to avoid light spanking as much as possible)

We try and will continue to try all the right tools to discipline Tim. We are only human so we can’t be expected to have the patience of Buddha.

Parenting is a firefight every minute. More so if your child has GDD.

We must continue with the uphill battle even if we are not even sure that we will win the fight.

How to Parent Kids with Global Developmental Delay (GDD) [Infographic]

Global developmental delay (GDD) is a condition that many people are not aware of, thus making it difficult to get resources to help families.

Many parents are left in the dark as to how they can help their kids with global developmental delay (GDD). We hope this simple infographic can help you get an idea on creating a structure for your child’s learning and development.

Take note that each child is different. There may be situations when you need to have extensive help. Give your child the help that he needs to cope, but most importantly give him your time.

We also love to hear your ideas. Do share in the comments below how you are helping your child with gdd everyday.

Global Developmental Delay (GDD) – Parenting Kids with GDD

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Parenting is Not a Bed of Roses All the Time

Some info before I go into this rant/jokey post: Nydia and I work from home as Virtual Assistants.

People can say what they want.

But people who doesn’t have kids will never understand what it’s like to take care of a little child.

Why parents can’t be as socially active. Why parents seem to be focused at home and not work. Why parents don’t seem to hustle more. Why parents just can’t work overtime all the time.

Being a parent of a small child is a bane to social activities.

Some of our single friends don’t seem to get it in their heads.

What more if you have two kids and one of them has GDD?

Parenting (not just) a Developmentally Delayed Child

We end the day at about 12pm. With hardly any me time or any time to be really bonding as husband and wife.

We wake up at around 2am because the little one is crying asking for milk.

We try to sleep but my wife and I will be interrupted again at 4am or 5am because our oldest will already be awake.

Awake and literally jumping on top of us.

This time we are fully awake but groggy as hell. The two kids are now pulling us outside to play ball or just run around the backyard until about 6am-7am where we have breakfast.

Ah, breakfast.

Another challenge because our oldest will run around, dodging the spoon, if he doesn’t feel like eating that day.

My wife needs to login to her work by 8am. Same with me. Throw that out the window when one of them poops or demands play time.

We take this time to wash their baby bottles, pick up their toys, do some housekeeping.

By 10am we have an hour work done, if we are lucky.

We then shower with the kids. The oldest one prefers to shower with me.

By 11am-12pm, the kids will probably be sleeping (if we can pull them out of the bathroom) for a couple of hours.

We sleep with them, because, damn, that’s the only real sleep we get.

1pm, we eat lunch.

2pm-5pm, the two are awake and running around the backyard again. Hopefully their grandparents are around to look after them.

There are times when they run around unsupervised and get into all sorts of accidents. I mean blood on their head and all over their shirts kind of accidents.

6pm-7pm, we eat dinner. Ah, dinner. This is essentially a repeat of breakfast.

8pm, both of us are exhausted and ready to turn in. Guess what?

We can’t.

Both of them are still awake until 10pm or 11pm. Depends really on how exhausted they are.

We are lucky if they sleep by 9pm or 10pm.

And the Cycle Repeats the Next Day

I have to point out that we are living in a third world country.

It’s not like in Hollywood movies where we can just leave our kids in day care or something similar.

Their grandparents are generous enough to lend us a hand. But this is a limited resource and should never be abused.

Well, I hope you single guys and gals who have no kids can understand the answer to all the why’s above.

And please quit bothering us. Lol. We are taking care of sentient creatures here.