It starts with the observation; my child is not talking. Followed by the thought, there’s possibly a language issue. Then the questions; will this just go away? How long will it take for speech to happen? Will my child ever speak? These are trying times for a parent. There are no instant solutions, only the realization my kid’s development of speech and language may be at risk.
For many parents, this is a new place. There may be some denial or hope this to go away. As time goes by and comparisons to other children occur, there’s a growing concern: the so-called normal acquisition of speech and language is not yet happening. There is a need to act, need to understand better what’s going on. My child is at a developmental impasse.
What Can I Do?
Time for action, make some calls, but to who? Here is the good news; there’s a network of professionals concerned and experienced in treating your child’s exact issue. The situation you face is by no means unique. Many and I mean thousands have gone before to find relief from a worry that seems so now encompassing. Places to reach out might include your pediatrician, your local school district, and if your child is under three early intervention center(s) for your area.
Before calling it’s a good idea to organize your concerns. You could note; how many sounds and words your child says. The overall clarity of speech, missing sounds, misarticulations. What is the interest in talking, the level of eye contact, ability to follow directions, identify pictures? How your child interacts with family and children their age, and other concerns.
There’s a community of caring professionals just waiting to help.
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