Does anyone have a toddler with speech delay? We are through NDIS and see a speechy and OT but does anyone have any practical advice for at home to help?

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  • Reading all the answers we can conclude that speech delay is not that uncommon at all

  • My child had a speech delay and was really stressed….each child dies things in their own time I gave learnt….he had speech sessions is now a teenager and doing so well in highschool….try not to stress to much…..

  • lots of language use, like naming things that you are doing, reading lots of books, not creating any stress or anxiety around getting them to talk.

  • Such helpful comments in the answers

  • I read though all the comments and fantastic advice. Mine was to read books to your child and constantly talking to them. Don’t make your words basic thinking they won’t understand , use big ones and explain what they mean. I hope you all the best. My son didn’t talk till he was about four we did two years of speach therapy. He is ten now and never shuts up lol.

  • My son was diagnosed speech delayed, his Speech Therapist gave us lots of homework to be doing at home to help and to continue what she worked on in our sessions, I’m surprised you wouldn’t be getting things to work on at home. If you’re not, ask for some things.
    We had flash cards with sounds, words and all sorts.
    We also would break words and sounds he had trouble with into parts and get him to practice saying then slowly and then putting them back together.
    Lots of songs with actions (think nursery rhyme type songs) with repetition.
    My son is nearly 8 now and some sounds are still hard (especially with missing front teeth ????) but we’ve come a long way.
    When he was really small I also taught him a few key word signs (similar to Auslan, but instead of signing every word, it’s the key words that are signed) and this helped with our non-verbal communication a lot.

  • Exposing them to a lot of language helps – so read aloud, or give a running commentary on what you’re doing. My middle kid had a speech delay, and because we’d exposed him to so much language, when he did start talking it was in sentences.

  • My son was speech delayed. Now he doesn’t stop talking. It’s good to have some support and intervention but they do learn. Just give time and lots os encouragement!

  • My son was recommended to a speech therapist at age 4 by his kindy teacher. Ended up his speech was fine

  • I do not have experience with this, but perhaps you could ask the OT for things you can work on at home to help. I would’ve thought they would provide the resources to help at home between sessions.

  • Just talk and sing as much as possible

  • One of the most basic steps, which has probably already been covered, is to wait for a reply. So often we or other family members answer for them. Give them a chance to try. Sing a long songs are good too. You sing along and they may just pick it up.

  • For us these strategies on the picture worked well
    I always discuss struggle points with our Speech Therapist and she always gives homework too

  • My youngest was also speech delayed to help her outside of her allied health appointments with speech and OT we would always say the words for what she was wanting example she would point for a cup we would say would you like a drink as she nodded we would say here is your drink of milk etc for everything she was requesting we would say the proper words/sentence I was unsure if it would work but with regular perseverance she is now a bubbly chattering 11 year old. At kindy age she was being taught auslan and apps downloaded onto a iPad to talk for her as she was very close to non verbal don’t give up hope

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