Anybody out here can tell me how late a child with autism can develop speech

India
January 30, 2009 5:29am CST
I am a mother of a child with autism, he tries to improve day to day in speech, now he is 12 years old, still a long way to go any suggestions or advices, or any good reports about how speech develops in children with autism.
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
30 Jan 09
From what I've been able to find out that speech can be taught through out you life... Think about people coming back from a stroke or an accident. It is kind of a child by child thing and the help they get. I had one O.T. tell me that if they aren't talking by three they never will but I don't think she's right. Isn't it great when a new word or phrase comes through? I get "Happy Mother's Day" instead of "I love you" from my 5 year old ASD child. Freezing cold out, she looks up at me and says, "Happy Mother's Day" and gets on the bus. I laughed the cold away.
• India
31 Jan 09
encouraging response.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
7 Aug 09
The OT really said that? My goodness that is just not right! My son is 3 & doesn't talk & if I heard that come from our OT, I would of felt like there was no hope. But I do have hope because I know a mother whos son has Autism, he never talked & by age 10 he started talking. I also know some that their child started after age 5. I know one mom that went 18 years without hearing her son speak & then he spoke at age 18 & asked for something to eat. So I'd say... that OT was wrong...
• United States
15 Feb 09
May I recommend a book that I think will help you? It's called Elijah's Cup and it's by Valarie Paradiz. Elijah had trouble speaking and there were specific things she did to help him develop his speech. My youngest who has mild Asperger's and just turned 9 yesterday still does not speak clearly. He never started talking until after he entered kindergarten. We always assumed it was due to the fact that his older brother who also has Asperger's always answered for him and never gave him a chance to speak for himself. I literally had to stop my oldest from answering for him. Then slowly he started talking.
• India
19 Feb 09
Thank you for your suggestions.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
3 Feb 09
You just need to work with him.. it's something that has to be done every day for the rest of his life. My son is 3 & was diagnosed with Autism at age 2. He doesn't speak & I have been told he might never talk, but I have also heard some stories from mothers that said their child spoke after 5 years, some spoke at age 12. some even 18. So it all depends. Try not to stress to much.. Just keep the work up. My son's therapy teacher, when trying to get him to talk, she puts his hands on her throat & then she says the word. She says the vibrations of her throat while she says the word is a really good exercise. I must say it has helped a little... My son don't speak, but he has said a few words, like ball... So you could try that for 5 mins a day... Good luck!
• India
4 Feb 09
Thanks for your response, Yes I am continuing the work to develop his speech, I am in India, we don't have a lot of trained professionals, I train him, I think sometimes, verbal input along with the picture, word written and also make them write helps, more stimulus is better to develop speech. he has got good chances to develop speech since he is quite young, all the best.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
31 Jan 09
I think it can depend on the individual child. My own autistic son didn't start talking (again) until he was maybe 10 years old (he did say a couple of words as a toddler, but stopped shortly after). Although it was very limited and hard to understand, he could say maybe a handful of words at that point. That was almost 2 years ago. He's finally starting to put some words together, though he is still hard to understand most of the time, except with some of the simpler words. But he is trying! Hopefully his speech will continue to improve as he gets older. My husband and I are hopeful that it will.
• India
2 Feb 09
Thanks for your response, Yes it is good to be hopeful, praying to Lord Jesus and also talking a lot to them helps, we should talk to them in small short sentences, so that it is easier for them to understand, by God's grace they will learn and understand speech better ans start talking.
• United States
22 Feb 09
my cousin cain gose to many therpist he has made sutch a improvement in just a year 5-6 he can now tell us when he wants somthing by just saying "i want apple juice" he always says it in two tones a higher one for "i want" and a lower one for the second part but thats all he syas on his own you can tell him to say hi to someone or somthing like that but not mutch actual sentences you can also ask him questions for one word responces and only sometimes