My son Noah had many symptoms of a tongue tie as a baby but I was never able to figure it out. I ended up pumping and bottle feeding. I started to worry when he got to 18 months and was not talking very much at all. We had just moved from the US to the UK so they sent over a health visitor to check him out. She was also very concerned and was starting to ask me questions related to autism. I know that was her concern because he was not talking, flapped his hands, etc. I mentioned a possible tongue tie and she said there is no way that it could effect his speech. My sister had a tongue tie and spoke shortly after having it clipped so I felt it was a good chance it could help my son.
I made an appointment to have it clipped in California while we were visiting. Even the dentist clipping it said it wasn't too bad of a tie. He did agree to clip it but wasn't sure it would help his speech. It was an easy procedure and it did help! He started making new sounds right away! After about 2 days of healing he woke up and asked for an apple! I didn't even know he knew what an apple was! Since then he has had a new word everyday! His behavior has improved so much. He doesn't have as many tantrums because he can ask for what he wants. He flaps his hands much less, I'm assuming because he isn't as frustrated and can tell us what he wants. I'm so happy I pushed though and had it clipped. Even the dentist who clipped it wasn't sure it would help. But it has helped! We are going to do speech therapy to make sure he learns to pronounce words correctly but I am very happy with his progress. This picture shows the tip of his tongue before it was clipped.
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