A five-year-old boy, thought to be “non-verbal”, began speaking hours after a dentist discovered the simple solution other doctor’s had missed.

The young boy had not uttered a word until the dentist discovered his “tongue tie”.

Mason Motz was diagnosed at birth with Sotos syndrome, which causes overgrowth in childhood, a distinctive facial appearance and cognitive learning disabilities, so doctors thought his inability to communicate was related to the condition, shares Yahoo 7.

“He’s been in speech therapy since he was a little over one year old,” his mother Meredith Motz told Inside Edition.

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“Sleeping was always stressful. He would stop breathing.”

“He had trouble eating and swallowing; every single meal we would have to remove something that was choking him. He didn’t get the nutrition he needed. His teeth started having problems.”

A trip to the dentist late last year changed Mason’s life forever, his parents say.

Dr Amy Luedemann-Lazar saw the boy in early November last year when he came in for some fillings.

“Mason was not non-verbal; he was just unable to speak,” Dr Luedemann-Lazar told Inside Edition.

“He had been in speech therapy for years and no one had ever checked under his tongue.”

A simple procedure to detach Mason’s tongue from the floor of his mouth gave the little boy the ability to speak as soon as the sedatives wore off.

“Within 12 hours, he was talking and it was amazing,” his mother said.

When he uttered his first phrase: “Mama, I’m hungry,” his parents’ couldn’t believe their ears.

“We wanted to jump up and down and give him cake and everything like that because we were so proud of him in that moment,” the boy’s dad Dalan said.

Symptoms of tongue-tie
The symptoms of tongue-tie can include:

the tongue can’t poke out past the lips
the tongue tip can’t touch the roof of the mouth
the tongue can’t be moved sideways to the corners of the mouth
the tongue tip may look flat or square, instead of pointy when extended
the tongue tip may look notched or heart-shaped
a baby with tongue-tie may have difficulties breastfeeding or bottle-feeding
the front teeth in the lower jaw may have a gap between them.

Last week we shared the story of parents struggling to get a diagnosis for their children’s tongue tie – read more here

Share your comments below

  • Wow! Good on the dentist for noticing and helping him! It’s such a shame the poor boy had to suffer for so long though before someone sorted it out!


  • Poor boy, glad they finally got it sorted


  • How was this not picked up by doctors before?


  • Such a simple thing!


  • I can’t believe that this wasn’t investigated sooner!! Poor child!


  • I can so imagine the joy they must have felt !!
    What an error of the doctors, that they thought his inability to communicate was related to his condition !


  • I don’t understand how this was overlooked


  • Lucky for the discovery.


  • This is a great discovery. There are many children who are non-verbal. This may be the answer to many cases.


  • That must have been the most AMAZING moment.


  • Such a great outcome for the family


  • Poor family it should have been picked up much earlier.


  • WHat an incredible story glad they found what the problem was and he was diagnosed properly


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