30 June 2009

May 2008 - Gabe Update

Ok, so this entry is way overdue considering the fact that I was back in Singapore at the end of May. Gabe is growing pretty well and is quite a tall boy for his age (3 years old).

Our only concern as usual was his attention span and focus. He is still the silent spaced-out man.
Everything else is ok. He likes art and drawing although we have no idea when he's drawing (he wouldn't tell us either). Maybe one day, he will also be drawing frowers to sian all the xmms. Who knows?

What what really impressed me was his motor skills as we see him running and climbing all over the house and be in precarious positions that would have made your heart stopped. Yeah. Now multiply that by several times in a minute..

At home, we also happened to have a Ikea PS LOMSK chair (see right) for the kids which was Gabe's current favourite toy. The thing about this chair is that it swivels and Gabe loved to spin himself on the egg chair.

The chair is located need to the wall so as to get it out of the way of adult traffic and Gabe would stand on it with both feet and using the adjacent wall as leverage to push and spinning himself very quickly.

Aiyoh, I was so scared during the initial first few encounters as I thought he was sure to fall flat on this face having been thrown out by the spin and not to mention the giddiness from the spinning. But no, Gabe's feet were planted like as if it was super-glued to the chair.

Looks like a certain body part of me shrank back in the body in vain, each and every time. =(


Oh well, let's hope Gabe starts to speak soon.

- Voxeros

1. Linny. left...
Monday, 30 June 2008 8:06 pm ::
Ultimate daddy-speak lor.

2. JF left...
Monday, 30 June 2008 9:47 pm ::
Will be praying for ur boi to speak soon.
1 of my frenz his son at 4 yrs and 2 months speaks only 2 words at a time.. so dun rush lah...
Everything will be beautiful in His Time.

3. cakie left...
Tuesday, 1 July 2008 9:25 am
don't worry don't worry, like i told you before my mother thought i was retarded until primary 1.
your son looks damn cute la. i want to play with him!!!!!!!
i can has son also?

4. THB left...
Tuesday, 1 July 2008 10:00 am ::
Will XMM be in his conversation??

5. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 1 July 2008 10:02 am ::
Linny: What is ultimate daddy speak?

JF: There are 2 obstacles we need to overcome. His speech and his attention span. It is still pretty difficult to get his attention. He doesn't respond.

Cakie: So how did you survive kindergarten?

6. cakie left...
Tuesday, 1 July 2008 11:08 am
i remembered being whacked a lot in kindergarten because i didn't know how to open my mouth to say i want to pee. so i'll just pee. my mother said she taught me till she cried and she really wanted to send me to special school. you can see my kindergarten report card. i did badly in sharing, interacting all that stuff.
can't remember much liao. just offering my exp as a consolation.
now i'm a healthy normal female. so i think mebbe it isn't as bad as it seems.
good luck.

7. grasshopper left...
Tuesday, 1 July 2008 11:18 am
Every other thing you mention seem pretty *normal* (how do you really define that?) as a very very young boy. Maybe he is just the strong silent type, judging by his heart-stopping acrobatic skills and his love of self-expression through art. Let me go ask my psychology-major friend who specializes in children, will let you know.

8. Chocolate gal left...
Tuesday, 1 July 2008 10:04 pm
I think gab boy boy will be fine.. Dont worry too much, okie? hugz.. U take care of yourself in the flooded place hor..

9. Pam left...
Wednesday, 2 July 2008 1:01 am
have you had him checked out by a child psychologist? attention span and speech are very related. does he or did he make any of the usual baby babble noises?

10. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 2 July 2008 9:16 am :: 
THB: I certainly hope so!

Cakie: Well, really glad to see that you turned out to be one fine young lady.

Grasshopper: Everything is fine except that we can't get his attention. He doesn't respond to us calling him which makes interaction very challenging.

Chocolate Gal: I hope so too but this is one of those things you'd rather know earlier than later. Not that either outcome would change anything.

Pam: You are absolutely right about attention span and it's link to speech. Some how it's the former prior to the latter. He is goo goo gah gahing now.

11. AC left...
Thursday, 3 July 2008 12:33 am
Hi, I'm just a casual reader of your blog but this particular post of yours caught my attention cause I'm currently studying Speech Pathology. Was just wondering if Gabe has been to see a speech pathologist? Cos chances are that the speechie can do the necessary tests and make the relevant recommendations to get a more specific diagnosis. While late talkers quite commonly have been known to catch up, the point about Gabe not responding well (to spoken words only? or to music/sounds too?) seems to be a point that stands out for me... Because there are specific conditions (E.g. Verbal auditory agnosia) where the child has problems recognising sounds even when hearing has shown to be normal. I'm definitely not qualified to make a diagnosis right now but just thought I'd give it my 2 cents worth... Hope all works out well with Gabe. God bless...

12. nonchann left...
Thursday, 3 July 2008 2:16 am
hmm...the signs seem to point towards ADD and possibly autism. I am no expert and I apologize for my rather grim outlook on things. Still ,prevention maybe better still. How about bringing him for autistic assessment? With early intervention and help, he maybe able to be back on the right track by primary school. There's the Autism Resource Center at Pathlight school in AMK. They are pretty good.

13. Pam left...
Thursday, 3 July 2008 4:44 am
Jay - above comments were what I was alluding to but couldn't quite type out details coz hands were full with G (who's recently decided that he'll cry if he's not in the same room as me!, or worse, decided that he'll roll over!). As one old friend to another, do check it out. I can get you referrals if necc. x

14. JayWalk left...
Friday, 4 July 2008 4:09 pm :: 
AC, Pam & nonchann: Thanks for the concern. I shall forward all the suggestions to the wife who have a better clue since both mom and Gabe are in Singapore.

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