My little girl has always been a fast learner. Crawled at six months, walked at ten months. But her speech was behind her friends. I wasn’t concerned about her intelligence, she could obey instructions and learned new skills easily. Even so, speech just wasn’t happening for her. She could only make a few sounds, and even I couldn’t understand much of what she was saying. The same sound could mean ten different things.
So many people would say that all kids learn at their own rate and soon besieging she would be silent, but I was still worried.
Around her second birthday the difference between her and her friends was too great to ignore, and despite my encouragement it wasn’t getting better. I booked her in to speech therapy and the therapist agreed with me – my beautiful, happy, outgoing girl has a mild to moderate speech delay.
It’s been almost a year now, and she has progressed from mostly unintelligible to speaking in sentences. She still has lots of trouble with certain sounds, but the progress is amazing. I was so afraid that I would never have a conversation with her. Last night, she told me ‘Mummy, I’m tired, no more kisses put me in bed. ‘
I’m truly thankful I went with my gut and got help for her – the time, effor and money is worth it.
Please, if anyone reading this has similar concerns, hang the expense – addressing speech delays early can have a lifetime of benefits.
Posted by kyliebaby22, 15th April 2013