Hi everyone, First off, this is not a pity post. We don't do pity in our family! Our son is a 2 and a half, cheeky, intelligent little boy (and very lively!) He has more than his fais share of medical problems. He was born at 34 weeks after a pregnancy in which we were told 5 times I had miscarried, and several times were asked if we wanted to terminate. Our little bump had other ideas and kept fighting. After birth he was quite poorly and was put on a ventilator. He battled again (even when they wanted him to rest his body) and we took him home after 3 weeks. And then the fun started. He was soon diagnosed as being profoundly deaf in one ear, struggled to put on weight and fed almost constantly. We now know he is gluten, lactose and nut intolerant. He is so sensitive that even tiny traces cause a reaction. He didn't sit on his own until he was 13 months and has just learnt to walk. They are now investigating him for cerebral palsy because of his delay. Our biggest nightmare is communication. He uses a limited mix of makaton and speech coupled with a huge amount of guesswork on our part. The result is he gets very very frustrated and ends up shouting or throwing things because we just don't understand. We have finally persuaded his paediatrician to refer us to speech therapy but there is a 6 month wait.... So, what I'm asking is 'Is there anyone else out there who also has a child(ren) with communication problems and how do you manage it?' His body might be a bit behind but his brain is more than capable. His consultants have said he is certainly above average intelligence and this is making it harder for him. If you have other children how do you keep the peace and make sure the others aren't just convenient carers?