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Doctor insights on: Genetic Disorders In Speech Delayed Children

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2.5 yr boy says 7 words. Has said 100.Rec. Lang. Is fine. history fam speech delay. Had glue ear. Autism r/o. Genetic test fine.Therapy didn't help. Worry?

2.5 yr boy says 7 words. Has said 100.Rec. Lang. Is fine. history fam speech delay. Had glue ear. Autism r/o. Genetic test fine.Therapy didn't help. Worry?

Hearing?: Glue ear is generally diagnosed at surgery for tubes. Did he have tubes placed? Has he had a hearing test? I would ensure hearing is normal before focusing on the speech delay. If that is okay i would be sure to get another opinion of a pediatric speech therapist and potentially a pediatric ENT doctor. Also make sure his siblings aren't "talking for him". ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Genetic Disease (Definition)

A genetic disease is a disease that is caused by a defect in the genetic (dna) material in a gene(s). It can be inherited and mosy pose a risk to other family members and/or to future children. For many genetic diseases there are molecular tests that allow detection of a change(s) called mutations, we can also detect deltions or other changes to the gene's dna that can also result ...Read more


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My son is 8 months old. He has global developmental delay. Hypotonia, Fluid retention and other issues. What genetic disorders could be linked to this?

My son is 8 months old. He has global developmental delay. Hypotonia, Fluid retention and other issues. What genetic disorders could be linked to this?

Too many to list...: Speak to your physician, specialists, and geneticist for clearer answers regarding whether they believe your son's issues are related to a genetic disorder. ...Read more

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Any metabolic disorders in toddler that would cause a speech delay as only symptom?

Any metabolic disorders in toddler that would cause a speech delay as only symptom?

Nope: Not as an isolated symptom, no. Has your child had the Baylor screen? This screens for many metabolic and other disorders, I have been using it in my practice for many years for families that would like expanded newborn screening. http://www.baylorhealth.edu/Research/InstitutesCenters/IMD/ClinicalTests/SupplementalNewbornScreening/Pages/default.aspx ...Read more

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Hi. My son was diagnosed with a severe speech delay and a processing disorder and could possibly have a mild case of autism. Does this mean he is on t?

Hi. My son was diagnosed with a severe speech delay and a processing disorder and could possibly have a mild case of autism. Does this mean he is on t?

Autism Spectrum: Disorder(asd): yes, possibly. Impairment in 2 major domains: 1. Deficit in social communication ; interaction; 2. Restricted, repetitive pattern of behavior, interests ; activities. Management: individualized acc. To age ; specific needs. Multidisciplinary approach to improve social functioning, communication ; adaptive skills; promote academic functioning/cognition ; reduce negative behavior. ...Read more

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When you put a child with speech delay age 3 in a class of autistic children can they pick up their behaviors?

When you put a child with speech delay age 3 in a class of autistic children can they pick up their behaviors?

Possibly, however,: Speech = articulation, the motor aspect of language. A child with receptive & expressive language delay" has impaired ability in comprehending language & in verbalizing ideas. Language is best learned from birth-5. Autism pre-k has 6 hrs. Of intensive instruction. Developmental delay pre-k has 2 1/2 hrs. Of instruction for children with various needs. Try the higher level of service first. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son is speech delayed and has a processing disorder as well as could be mildly autistic, according to his psychiatrist. Does this mean he is on the spectrum?

My 3 year old son is speech delayed and has a processing disorder as well as could be mildly autistic, according to his psychiatrist. Does this mean he is on the spectrum?

AUTISM SPECTRUM: Disorder(asd): yes, sounds like. Impairment in 2 major domains: 1. Deficit in social communication ; interaction; 2. Restricted, repetitive pattern of behavior, interests ; activities. Management: individualized acc. To age ; specific needs. Multidisciplinary approach to improve social functioning, communication ; adaptive skills; promote academic functioning/cognition ; reduce negative behavior. ...Read more

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Is sarcoidosis a genetic disease? Will my children get it?

Is sarcoidosis a genetic disease? Will my children get it?

Family sarcoid: It is not likely that you would give your children sarcoid, however your inherited immune system may make it more likely. The statistics show about a 16%increase of sarcoid in family. Sarcoid has an unknown cause.Some ideas have been, bacteria in the environment-but scientists have not isolated it; or chemicals in the environment-more common on rural areas, fields/ farmers, health care, & teachers. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the rare genetic disorders in children?

Can you please discuss the rare genetic disorders in children?

Too broad a topic: There are books written on the topic.If there is a critical enzyme pathway in the body there is likely a defect somewhere in that pathway. State screening tests commonly look for > 25 different ones. ...Read more

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How do I tell if my son has a speech delay?

How do I tell if my son has a speech delay?

Depends on age: This is a broad subject. Without knowing his age, I can't give you specific advice in just a paragraph. Please refer to this link which covers speech milestones and development by age from infants to 5 yrs of age. I hope it helps. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/pediatrics/age-appropriate_speech_and_language_milestones_90,P02170/ ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more