(Closed) My 7 1/2 month old is falling behind! Help!!

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 18
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Are you part of your state’s early childhood intervention program? In Iowa it is called ACCESS.  I would think his inutero neuro diagnosis would put him in the “at risk” category so he would automatically qualify for an IFSP.  Your service coordinator (case manager) could get you an OT to visit you at the drop of a hat.

Post # 19
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It sounds like you are doing everything you should be!!! The fact that he started taking the yogurt bites is definitely progress! Just be consistant in offering the cup and really try not to get frustrated when it doesn’t work, because then it isn’t a positive experience for your baby, and he might start to dislike it because of the way you act when you try it, you know?

As for those thoughts that you did something wrong and are being punished, GET THAT OUT OF YOUR HEAD RIGHT NOW! You did nothing wrong. Bad things just happen sometimes. Keep your chin up and try to stay positive! (I know it can be really hard, but maybe if it stresses you out too much, your husband can try to work on the sippy cup more like a PP said)

Post # 21
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Awesome. It sounds like you have all the resources available to you.  I’d like to tell you not to worry, but to keep doing everything you know how to do. I’m a speech pathologist but don’t have kids yet.

Post # 22
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

It sounds like you have a plan and are really well-informed about what you need to do. I work in special education and while I don’t have kids of my own I can tell you that early intervention does make a difference. Of course, the challenge can be balancing just having fun and being a family with the pressure to do everything suggested by OT and PT…almost like you become another therapist instead of a mom. From your descriptions you are being really thoughtful trying to problem solve the situation and keeping yourself informed, don’t beat yourself up, you’re an awesome mom!

Post # 23
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

It sounds like you’re doing everything right.  Hugs, I know it must be scary for you, and you that you’re constantly worrying about him.  You’re doing a gret job, though, momma! 

Post # 24
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

im an early childhood educator with a background in psychology/biology

the younger the kids are the more differences you see developmentally, you can’t really spot a delay in kids younger than pre-school age

babies and toddlers are all over the map as each one is still getting adjusted to the world they live in,

the fact that he refuses to hold things and use fingers, sippys, etc may very well be not because he can’t, he just does not want to 🙂

i think its just more about his personality developing very quickly and he’s making decisions on what he prefers, which is a higher level function

so that only points to good parenting

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