Published Jan 15, 2004
I have read here what advice you have given others in reference to her late blooming. My daughter is 2 yrs old. Going to be 3 in May. She says a few words when she wants. But I have to agree she grunts and points. I have to say that I do that. However, tomorrow she has an appt to get a hearing test. Then on the 20th she will have her 1st appt with a speech therapist. I don't feel she has a hearing problem because she hears me just fine and she obeys when she is told something.
I did enroll her in day care which she starts on 1st of February. I am wondering if I should do all three. I am so afraid she is not going to talk. I did almost give birth to her at 28 weeks and we did go through a lot. I went through a divorce. Me and my ex used to fight a lot. I was wondering if anyone has anything to say. It would help me a lot..
I think you are wise to consider all three options for your child, especially the speech therapy. It's best to let the pros who evaluate your child suggest the proper plan for her growth and development to increase according to what your daughter can handle. :)
One of my grandsons is two years old, and he is seeing a speech therapist several times a week in the home. My daughter says he's doing great, and loves to see the speech therapist come. I have a feeling your daughter will be just fine with the proper help and guidance. You are already setting things in motion for that to happen, so have faith she'll be just fine.
I agree with the other poster to take advice from the professionals. Let the speech therapist eval her and give you a plan. I'm not sure if I would rush into daycare unless you don't have a choice. I don't see that as solving the problem in and of itself. Daycare/pre-school is a big change and can be stressful.
Hope all goes well with the speech therapist.
thank you so much for your reply.. i will find out what's going on... and i will let you guys know....thank you that is something i will do...
I spoke with my sister who is a speech therapist regarding your daughter. She offered some questions for me to ask you?
Are you paying for the Speech evaluation or is your local public school system? In most states, they are required to pay.
Regarding daycare, once your child is evaluated, if it is determined that she needs special education (I know the term has a stigma, sorry) then the school system must provide that in most states. Also, the school system should have a child study team evaluate, not just a speech therapist. I know you mentioned daycare, but she doesn't feel that regular daycare would help her with speech. She would need a focused program to help her to develop her communication skills.
One more question, is your home bi-lingual? Often, bi-lingual children are slower to talk, but once they do, they know 2 languages. So, in the end, it is a good thing.
I'll say a pray for your little one tonight. Feel free to pm me if you'd like me to ask my sister anymore questions. She's really good and has worked with all kinds kids with many different kinds of speech/communication disorders.
Well I took her to get the hearing test. But my daughter did not want to sit still the way they want to. So, the audio person said he wants to do another test but sedated...That bothers me more than anything. It's amazing sometimes how things work.. I am in a bind...I feel so bad..
Spidey's mom, ADN, BSN, RN
Please go over to your nearest bookstore and get Thomas Sowell's books about late-talking children. They will ease your mind. Scroll down and read the descriptions of his books I've posted below. Then run run run to the bookstore. :-)
I just got the books today. Sorry for the delay in response. I am starting to read it. I can't believe there are so many children and at a older age. I am just so concerned. But once I read both books. I will let u know. Also, she has a speech therapist coming on the 29th. She had an appt before but it was cancelled. Also she starts day care on the 2nd. I am somewhat excited. I am just still in a big sense of feeling awful..
Glad to hear you are progressing towards the best plan for your daughter. :) I was wondering how things were going with you, so thanks for the update. :)
Oh thank you so much. Sorry I didn't update before. I am just waiting for the speech therapist to come. I was told also that a teacher is coming with the therapist. I went with this program.
Tell me what you think.
That's a great site Hope! I just called my daughter to share it with her too since it's her little boy who has the same problems as you mention with your daughter. Thanks for posting it, and let us know how things go with your daughter's speech therapy session. :)
Please try not to worry too much; I went through the same thing with my son and now he is almost 5 and a little motor mouth.
The only thing that concerned me about your thread was whoever it was wanting to sedate your daughter for the next hearing test. My son had his hearing test at Arkansas Children's Hospital and he did not have to hold still or be sedated. They put him in a soundproof room (we got to go in with him) and let him play with toys while different sounds came from different speakers stratigically placed around the room. If he turned in the direction that the sound came from, then he was "rewarded" with a light coming on from the same direction displaying different things like toys or pictures. It was really neat, painless, and didn't take very long at all. Is there another place (preferably specializing in pediatrics) that you could take him to rather than having him sedated?
Anyway, glad to see you're making progress, and I wish you and your daughter all the best.
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