Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Worried mom | 2012/06/22


Keeping a child back

Hi doc.....Our toddler is 4 and a half. He is in an English private school with high standards. We are Afrikaans speeking....his brother does very weel in this school....the reason we chose this school is because of the good facilities and because its safe. My little one has a speechdelay of 18 months in Afr. and 2 yrs in English, this was identified by the ST.......The OT also detect bad sensory integration dysfunction.....So he struggles in his Gr 00 class. I took him for an assessment at a good child psychiatrist who, at this stage, couldn''t see any big reasons for his problems.....She doesnt think he has Autism.....though its not totally ruled out. The EEG was normal! After discussion we have decided that he will repeat Gr 00.....He has shown great improvement so far, in this year but is still not meating grade expectations. It doesnt seem that he is mentally incapable....he seems average or bit higher. I feel sadened by all this. How or what else can be done to find out what is the causes of this developmental delays.......I am an OT myself and deep in my gut I am having a hard time to see how he will be able to read and write one day....he is very interested in toys and games but doesnt want to sit down and do any fine motor or other activities like learning colours, counting or shapes....because he finds it difficult!

Expert's Reply



You have given an excellent account of your concerns with your son. It is difficult to advise you about the best way forward and also the most direct way to come to a decision about your son'. It would probably be best to have him assessed by an educational psychologist. I know that he has been seen by a psychiatrist but the question now is about his education from now on.<br>

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