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8 year old can't speak...please help!

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  • Posted By: ace2600
  • November 18, 2008
  • 03:02 AM

My son has developed several problems over the last year. He toe walks on his right leg (spasicity). He can't speak anymore (it is very labored). He has difficulty swallowing and chewing his food. He has lately developed balance issues and he wobbles a lot. He can't write with his right arm and keeps it flexed above his shoulder for balance.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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  • A good doctor and an evaluation by his school's special education team is in order...
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • November 18, 2008
    • 04:23 AM
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  • Hi ace2600,Tell me more about what your 8 year old is experiencing.. How long has this been going on? Tell me more about your health and your partners health.. now and from the past. What you have given me is only some of what is really going on.. I need more information and a better symptomatology to better understand the whole picture.. For more understanding from where I am coming from.. read some of my other posts..Skyhighnemo@yahoo.com
    Skyhighnemo 22 Replies
    • November 18, 2008
    • 09:56 AM
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  • It's really important that your son see a doctor soon. There are several seroius conditons that have these symptoms. Ask your pediatrician to refer you to a pediatric neurologist. In the meantime, this is a good medical article on this topic: http://www.emedicine.com/orthoped/topic451.htm
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • November 18, 2008
    • 05:28 PM
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  • If you are in US and can't afford to take him to a doctor, many states offer free health insurance for children (often called CHIP) and there are free or low cost health clinics also. The DPW or your state's website should have more info.
    stanleybrown 29 Replies
    • November 24, 2008
    • 06:01 PM
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