When Your Child Is Delayed..What Next?


Over the past year, I have been working at getting help for my kids in different areas. My oldest was diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder (or APD) and she immediately began Speech/Language Therapy. She has a problem with understanding phonics and audible memory retention. It's a mess of issues, but we're working it out.

When Your Child Is Delayed..What Next?

After going through the therapy exercises with my oldest, I realized that my youngest might be speech delayed. I started comparing her speech to other kids her age and was hit with the harsh reality that, yes, she is. I was able to finally get her into the speech therapist for an evaluation and that was a little tough.

Going over the questions, I noticed how much she isn't able to do. I don't know if you've gone through this, but it's kind of heart-wrenching to realize that you weren't noticing delays in your child development. It makes you wonder what else you might be missing.


When Your Child Is Delayed.. What Next?She's delayed in her language comprehension and ability to communicate. So, she'll be starting her own session of therapy next week, which I am really excited about! I can't wait to hear my baby talk to me more.

The thing is, I didn't realize how delayed she was because everything says "Your 2 year old should be able to say 50 words and start putting together 2 word sentences". It's so much more than that!

It is them being able to understand the things that you say, and respond accordingly. Even if they don't speak, they should be able to respond to simple commands. There's a whole mess of things that she isn't able to do at this point and it was kind of shocking to me.

When my first child was 2 years old, she could speak in full sentences. She could communicate with me and others. This child that is diagnosed with a processing disorder! So, there is obviously something more going on with my youngest now.



Putting all that aside, we had the most amazing experience after all the speech evaluation stuff. We came home and Miss Spunky (2 year old) said "It's AMAZING!!!".


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When Your Child Is Delayed.. What Next?I was so happy, I almost cried. I got this video of it and put it on my Instagram..which made a bunch of people reach out to me about their speech delayed toddlers and how this really touched their hearts. It was beautiful! I'm so happy that her vocabulary is expanding and she is able to communicate with me more. It definitely takes away a lot of her frustrations.

Anyways.. I wanted to share with you some good links I found if you are wondering about your little ones! Getting help early on can save you and your child a lot of trouble as they're growing. I hope my experience can help someone else out there!


http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/not-talk.html

http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/speech.htm



- A Geeky Ginger -

6 comments

  1. It's so easy to miss cues, so it's wonderful you were able to realize early on that your child had speech delays. Nice to advocate for the needs of your child!

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  2. our youngest did not learn to speak til her was 7. He had a delay issue he wanted to communicate no one could understand him. Love that you reached out and found help for your little one
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  3. It is so easy to miss these cues, especially because children develop so different! I'm glad you sought help and advice. Sounds like you're doing an excellent job!

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  4. awesome that you as a mommy can find those issues early by paying close attention Our son had problems with speech as well

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  5. This was very interesting. It is not,something I have personally dealt with, but it is always good to have that information

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  6. This is really helpful, and I'm glad you're sharing so other Moms can relate and know what to look for

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