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Advice for parents who have a child with speech delay?

My daughter is 28 months (2 years old) and can only say a handful of words and can’t put together sentences either. We recently had an appointment with her pediatrician and have mentioned or concerns of her being non verbal as well as her lack of interaction with other children. The next steps will be a hearing test, autism assessment as well as getting her in the head start program (if they feel she qualifies) I’m not sure as to what can be the problem but I just want to know if any parents have dealt with a similar situation, and if so what did you do differently to help your child become verbal . I know it will take time but would love to hear some advice.

  • Aria
    Aug 26

    My son has autism and cant really speak; can only say Mama but only when upset and mostly babbles. I dont think yours have autism since she is able to say a few words.She is probably just a little delayed. Get her to copy you more, if she knows how to copy in movements or activities, she should be able to copy in speaking as well. Start with easy words and find something she is interested in and relate it to an easy word. Like if you have a ramp and a car, start playing with it and say “ready, set, go” when the car goes down, say it so many times while making the car go down the ramp then one day just say “ready, set...” and look at her intently for her to say “go”. Then she’ll say it. There are many activities like that, that makes her would want to say words, you just have to find an interest of hers.

  • Gabbs
    Oct 21

    My son is 30 months and we had some of the same concerns and after meeting with our pediatrician we were referred to an SLP. Unfortunately my sons delay isn’t severe enough to be medically covered so I was referred to my county’s regional office - i believe this is different from head start as i believe that starts once they are 3- I am waiting to hear back from them but this might be a good resource for you to look into as they serve families and children with developmental disabilities. They have already given us helpful tips and tricks i would look into it . Good luck with your LO