By now y'all now that we spend a lot of time seeing specialists for various reasons. One specialist type that we have seen on an ongoing basis since Aaron was about 9 months old, is a Speech Therapist. Due to some of the myriad of issues he has, he needs Speech Therapy to help him, as do many other children on the Autism Spectrum. A related issue that he has is with his hearing. We see an ENT as well, a few times per year, and they do a full hearing screening annually to document the changes in his hearing. We are very fortunate that he has not gotten to the point where he requires hearing aids yet, but it is probable that he will get to that point eventually.
When Aaron was about 18 months old, he was not walking, rarely crawled, and constantly leaned his head to one side. It was determined that his ears were the problem, and we had tubes put in to help. The procedure took much longer than anticipated due to some unexpected issues with the nature of his ear wax, which is a different concentration that what most people have. However, once we got home, we noticed a positive improvement almost immediately. He began crawling, walking, and talking. This was phenomenal for many reasons, not the least of which was that his brother Joshua was due in just 3 months!
One of the hardest things about being the parent of a child with special needs, especially when it is your oldest child, is that you aren't exactly sure about what is or isn't normal, and when you should go see a doctor or insist on a specialist. Miracle Ear has graciously sponsored this post, and I am happy to share with you that can click any of the links in this post to visit their website to get a FREE No obligation hearing consultation and/or test. While most people think of the elderly when they think of hearing aids, that is not always the case. We see many children with them when we are out. If you know of anyone in need of a hearing test, I encourage you to visit the site to learn more about how to get them the help they may need.