I brought the boys to the chiropractor yesterday hoping an adjustment would help with Brady's teeth grinding and of course their colds. They are both much better today and slept perfect last night, so who knows, maybe it really does the trick.
I on the other hand am still miserable. I swear illness hits the adults worse than the kids, but what do ya do? You forge through. And let your kids play with water colors as much as they want.
When Jason came home from work yesterday, he put a shopping bag on the counter. Brady looked in it and said, "Whu tha?"... oh my gosh, he said a spontaneous TWO WORD phrase! He has never done that yet. Jason was stunned and yelled to me in excitement.
A friend of mine thinks it may have to do with the "fever word explosion" that kids on the autism spectrum experience (http://www.npr.org/templates/text/s.php?sId=16956039&m=1) since my guys seem to have Appraxia of Speech which is also a neurological speech disorder along the same lines as what children with Austim experience. Interesting, huh? :: I'm referencing a similarity that this disorder shares with my children's disorder, not that I or anyone believes that an actual spectrum disorder is in play here::
I also want to start looking into dietary research for kids who suffer from apraxia of speech. I've heard of GAPS, is there anything else or anyone with experience or opinions? I've noticed a large identity between the gut and neurological disorders. My guys have so many similar symptoms to things I read about, so I thought it wouldn't hurt to start researching things that could help with their development now that we're getting a nice handle on medical.
Some symptoms that seem to relate in some research to speech apraxia (not that each of my guys have all of these, but one or both have been in the past or currently are affected):
GERD (both boys, Brady resolved by end of infancy)
Feeding disorder (Jax)
Intestinal Malabsorption (Jax)
Delayed milestones (fine and gross motor, cognitive and of course speech) (both boys)
Fructose malabsorption (we limit fake sugars) (both boys)
Low immunization tithers (Jax)
Heat intolerance (Jax)
Low muscle tone (Jax)
I try to feed the boys as natural as possible (not necessarily organic), but their diet does consist of dairy, gluten and real sugar, and that all seems like it's a no-no from what I'm reading. There seems to be a LARGE connection between diet and behavior - any experience out there? Ha, I'm not sure what the heck I could feed them if I had to cut all the above out! I've been avoiding fake sugar and have noticed a marked GI improvement in both boys over the past year. Any experience with special diets would be appreciated!