Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Racoon | 2012/05/26


Re: : Difficult question

Dear Prof

Well, my son was assessed by speech therapist, and she feels he has facial hypotonia which is the cause of his tongue''s posterior posiition and drooling. His speech apparently is at the level of a 2.d yo, so almost a year delayed. I am not sure how accurate that was as he speaks a lot more at home? He is very shy at school too, and hardly speaks in class. We are quite worried now, and would like to have his development (cognitive) assessed as well. What would the next step be? I will also speak to his paed, but I appreciate and respect you input greatly. Many thanks.

Expert's Reply



Thank you for your kind words. This is indeed a difficult question. It would be best to take your son to be assessed by a developmental paediatrician. His way of swallowing will also need to be tested, but the developmental paediatrician will almost certainly advise you about this.

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