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Speak to Me: My Child Has Speech Development Delays, What Should I Do?

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Speak to Me: My Child Has Speech Development Delays, What Should I Do?

Studies say that by the age of 2, a toddler should know 20-200 words and start putting together 2 to 3 word sentences. At Jade’s (my daughter) 2 yr check up I expressed my concerns on her speech. We felt as though she wasn’t saying as many words or sentences that she should be. Her pediatrician suggested doing speech therapy. I was on board because as he explained, the earlier you start to help any development delays the better the results in the long run.

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If you are considering doing the same, I would suggest getting a referral from your child’s pediatrician before calling the number in an ad for speech. I suggest this because the program that her pediatrician suggested is actually State funded program (who knew it existed?). This program fully evaluates your child to find out all developmental delays, not just speech and based on the recommendation of the review they set up a structured plan to help assist and monitor your child’s development. They not only use your thoughts and concerns but they also speak with your child’s teachers as well. I will admit though it takes time, we started this process in April and the sessions will just now start next week, so patience is a virtue.

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For those that are concerned with costs, they use your pay and insurance information to build your cost on a sliding scale, so it may even be free for you.

What I appreciate about this process is that everyone is on a team. Team: YOUR CHILD. Everyone shares the same goal and focus. From the coordinator to the therapist, everyone meets with you, goes over your concerns and sets a definite plan. They are very flexible and will do home visitations to consult with you and daycare visits to work with your child. Everyone is accessible.

If you have concerns about your child in any way, speak to their doctor, get recommendations. I have a list of things that I have questions or concerns on every time we go. That is not the time nor the place to be shy, you want to give your child the best and a great start before going to school.

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The plan that Jade is on is Play Therapy.  For an hour a week the therapist meets with her at her school and they play. She doesn’t realize that the games she is playing are speech games to get her to learn and use more words. I’m excited. I will keep you all posted on the progress.

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