What can you do to help your child with a speech delay?
My son is 3 and a half and we found out he has a speech delay.
Ok If I am right in thinking that he is a little behind. Keep talking to him and maybe learn sign language. This way he can still communicate with you without the frustration.
I also highly recommend the employment of a speech therapist. Two of my kids had speech problems. One didn't talk til he was four and the other stuttered. It is the utmost importance that you talk and model this communicative tool. Sound insane and talk about what you are doing in front of your son. "I'm stirring the sauce" "i'm getting the plates. See one, two three," etc.
let him be. He will talk when he wants. the child is taking it all in. he will be smarter for it.
Encourage the child when they make strides during their speech. Just be positive.
My youngest child had a speech delay. We enrolled her in a two hour class twice weekly specifically for children with speech delays when she was 3 yrs. old. It was recommended that we described every movement, activity and thought aloud...which feels a little funny in the grocery store, etc. However, after 3 yrs. of speech therapy (completely free through our local public school system, I might add) she tested out and graduated the program last month. Progress was slow, but steady. I would recommend NOT teaching your son sign language until you note progress in his speech, however, as I have witnessed a child's tendency to rely far more on signs and losing motivation for spoken language. While frustration is painful for both your child and for you, it can also be a great motivator. Lots of eye contact and hugs.
You have had a hearing test done by an audiologist, correct? That's first and foremost. If your little guy has had ear infections or tubes, that might be the cause, in which case continuing to talk to him,expose him to all kinds of auditory input, etc. will help him catch-up. A speech clinician will help you decide whether he needs speech therapy at this point or whether you need to just continue to provide a rich auditory environment.
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