Angela - posted on 06/15/2010 ( 77 moms have responded )
Here are my questions for the quick version:
Have any of you had your toddler, around 2 years old give or take a few months, in speech therapy because they weren't talking?
What kind of activities did the therapist have you/your child do?
How often did you go?
How long did it take before you saw real progress or did you think it helped at all?
And here's my story for the long version:
My husband and I started our son in speech therapy with the birth to 3 program when he was 20 months old. He's now 22 months old. He has said words, but doesn't on a regular basis and with baby #2 on the way, we figured we'd do what we can to get him help while he can have our full attention. Even though our pediatrician said most docs won't talk about it until he's 2 years old. Anyway, we were referred to a local place that comes to our house, which is nice. First, one lady came out and did the evaluation and they found he was 2 months to 12 months ahead in every category, accept he was 25% delayed in communication because he doesn't have a verbal response when we ask him things (he does sign). 25% is what qualified him for the program so she came out again to do paperwork and then we met with the speech therapist who also comes to our home, and she did an evaluation and said she thinks he has an oral motor delay (can't remember what she called it) and he wasn't able to get his tongue out far enough due to the thing underneath it being short. So, we start therapy. Has anyone done this? How often did you have a session? And what did the therapist do with your child? We don't want to be ignorant to a problem he may have, but we just don't know if it's worth it every week (at $200 a session, not sure if insurance will cover yet or not) to watch her blow bubbles with him, try to brush his teeth and give him candy suckers (which he doesn't get with us).
We went back to his pediatrician who said the thing under his tongue was short and we should see an ear, nose and throat specialist who could cut it and she was surprised that this wasn't addressed when he was having a hard time nursing. Now he sticks his tongue out, and has been babbling a lot and trying to say things (yuck is his latest) but that started before the therapy did. The pedi talked to the speech therapist (who was CLEARLY irritated that we went that route) and the speech therapist recommended 6 months of therapy before we make any decisions or talk to a specialist. I'm due at the end of August, my son will be almost 25 months old by then. We don't want to ignore an issue but aren't sure what's normal...Has anyone gone through this? How long did it take before you noticed real progress? Oh, I should mention my son is also very strong willed and will not repeat ANYTHING you say, and most of what you ask him to repeat doing (like babbling into a microphone or sticking his tongue out). He's never been like that. He said mama at 6 months and then on and off, going months sometimes between saying it. So how do you know when you're dealing with a stubborn toddler taking his time or if there's really a developmental delay? Sorry for the long post!! Thanks!