Speech therapy???? Has anyone used this service before?

Ashley - posted on 07/31/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My daughter who just turned 2, has only been saying single words for the most part. She says Thank you and bless you...... but they count as single words to the doctor. I had her speech evaulated and she was approved for the free therapy. Has anyone ever took advantage of this service? If so, how helpful was it?

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Cheryl - posted on 09/06/2010

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My 27 month old is in speech therapy right now and loves it! It gives him great one on one time with someone other than mom or dad and they bring lots of fun toys for him to play with and explore. He has come a long way with his speech - he progressed 5 months after 7 weeks of therapy - and although part of me knows that its largely because of the natural progression he would have taken anyway, he enjoys it so why not? I'll admit that I probably wouldn't have bothered with it except that his dad had a lot of speech problems as a kid which required speech therapy well into middle school, but he has so much fun that I think knowing what I know now about his experience, I'd put any of my kids in it for the sheer fun of it. Do what's best for you and your family though, you can't go wrong here, he's only 2

Kara - posted on 08/04/2010

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My nephew had speech therapy. He was a lot like your daughter, only said single words and he did not say very many either! The speech helped him out so much! He only was in it a few months then got so good at talking and knew so many new words he no longer qualified to be in it!! I think its a great thing to take advantage of!

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Angela - posted on 01/10/2011

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I have not used the service but a good friend of mine did. Her daughter was speaking much like yours at the time. It worked wonders. She is a very intelligent little girl and now the rest of the world can hear that too. Its free and can only help. I am all about getting kids whatever they may need to get a leg up in life. I hope it works as well for your as it did for her.

Ciara - posted on 12/03/2010

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well things are a bit diffrent in the uk i took my 2 year old to the doctors because he was only saying a couple of singal words and he told me not to worrie boys can be a bit slower to pick up speking and if wasnt speeking proply by 3 to take him back the us sounds alot more uptight then england dose

Rasheda - posted on 12/02/2010

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I dont know where you you live but my friend uses Erin Oaks and has had good things to say about them. She uses it for her son

Jennifer - posted on 11/13/2010

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I have been using this service for Karma. She also was behind on the language and word count. Since I started it 8 months ago, she is up to 30 words. She is happier b/c she can communicate better and I am b/c she will not be as far behind her peers. I fully approve and support speech therapy!

Tammy - posted on 10/27/2010

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We have the same service here in Ky and it has been great for my son. He started out with very little vocab and has been doing it for a year now and has flourished tremendously. He has some other health issues which is why we started so early. I can say you can never do too much early intervention.

Lauren - posted on 10/23/2010

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a lot of 2 year olds arent even talking yet. i think 2 might be a lil early. i would give it another year or so and see how it goes. chances are she will probably be just fine with out it. you dont want to put all that stuff on a 2 year old because if shes not ready and just cant do it it causes stress on them. same with like potty training and using a fork or spoon. it just takes time.

Ann - posted on 10/12/2010

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My son has just been refered to speech therapy , I have been through all this before with my first son who is now 9 and still struggles a little . It is worth doing although this time I am getting a little annoyed as they have started saying he doesnt play 'normal' when all I want is help for his speech as noone else including his nursery school has a problem with how he plays !!! Anyway take full advantage of whatever you can get for your child also if you turn it down now then if you do want it later on then you will be at the back of the queue ! Im waiting for referal to the child development centre at the moment before the speech therapist will see my son again . Not happy about it but have to keep them happy .

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My son was talking really well from about 1 1/2 until he was almost 2, then he seemed to "lose" his words. I had him evaluated and speech therapy was recommended because he seemed to be about 4 -5 months behind according to the doctor. It has really helped; he has been attending one-on-one session with a therapist twice a week for about the last month and a half. He repeats things more. He never really had a problem with hearing or understanding but the doctor did point out that because I always knew what he wanted, when he wanted it, I wasn't allowing him to actually speak up for it. So the speech therapy, combined with me actually making him request things or use his words has helped tremendous in just the last few weeks.

It was also pointed out to me by the doctor, that because the household was multilingual and my son's babysitters were often speaking Yoruba, French, Arabic or Spanish with him, the overload of languages may have confused him a little when he was trying to communicate. I cut back a little on his language exposure until I get the go ahead from his doctor again.

Hollie - posted on 10/05/2010

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Absolutely! My son was approved for free speech therapy as well. He wasn't talking much at all. He did have problems with his ears. And, was also "tongue-tied." Anyways, you should get them the help if available as soon as possible. Actually, my son did not do much at all with his therapist. He would do more for me than her. He just wasn't ready though. He is now almost 28 months old. And, is just starting to talk a lot and repeating everything! Also, you are involved with the therapies. You are in control. And, if you don't like it or have any concerns you can cancel services at any time. Hope this helps! Just remember all kids are different and learn at their own paces:)

Tara - posted on 09/20/2010

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I wish I would have seen this post before i just made my post. My daughter is also have a speech issue. We have not been evaluated yet but she gets evaluated on Thursday. I hope it works for your daughter! Its rough on us mommas when they can not say what they want. i think both of us get frusterated. goodluck

Amanda - posted on 08/28/2010

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Katy- Contact Developmental Pathways.... they have been helping my family for 2 years and have been wonderful....

Katy - posted on 08/28/2010

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My daughter is just past two and only really says single words. I wonder if she needs therapy too?

Amanda - posted on 08/13/2010

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I have with both of my children.... My daughter made leaps and bounds with it and went into preschool early to further her speech by being around her peers. My son will be starting this next month with the same therapist that my daughter had. Give it a try it was a great learning experience and not scary at all. The therapist when she worked with april sat and played games and with toys with her while incorporating working on her speech into it.

Jessica - posted on 08/12/2010

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My oldest son did do speech therapy and he is 5 an still has to go however in almost 2 years he has IMPROVED A TON! He can now talk in sentences and tell you stories. I also have a daughter who is 2 and doesnt talk to much and when she does it isnt really clear so i am in the process of having ears checked first. Sometimes fluid build up causes there hearing to be muffled and eathier way we will probably do speech therapy for her as well.

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Giovanna - posted on 08/11/2010

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Some times you just need tips, and when a person out of your circle helps kids progress is faster.
Timing is perfect!

Ashley - posted on 08/11/2010

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After having 2 very early talkers, my 3rd one was behind on his speech due to hearing loss. He has been in speech for about 6 months and he has made great progress! I think it will be very helpful for your little one. It sure can't hurt!

Sara - posted on 08/10/2010

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My lil guy is 2 and doesnt talk at all you could say he still babbles like mamama and bababa are the only two things he says he was evaluated for many things and they said that its just his speech they started him in speech hes only been in it for about a month and a half and you can see a lil improvement he tries but still no words yet but id say its worth it!!

Elizabeth - posted on 08/09/2010

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my son had speech therapy and we had my daughter evaluated but she did not qualify. The speech services were through our state's Early Intervention services. He actually only received one month of services because he had basically caught up on his own by the time the therapist could see him. She did work with him for that month and gave me lots of good tips/info to help increase his speech. Now he is a very talkative almost 5 yr old. I was very happy with the service.

Diane - posted on 08/08/2010

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My son is borderline so he wasn't accepted to get therapy, but I would take advantage if I were you. They might give you ideas and pointers of different activities to try that you might not think would help with speech. I was told to finger paint with him and allow him to play with playdoh, I have a difficult time allowing him to be messy, haha.

Sarah - posted on 08/04/2010

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my son has speech therapy and it has definitely helped him. take advantage of whatever you can. my son still has problems talking but getting there slowing but surely.

Sharan - posted on 08/02/2010

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My eldest son had speech therapy because of hearing problems and it worked really well, he could talk but could not pronouce words correctly so it was more for a different reason.
I think at 2 maybe its a bit early to worry all children are different, my 3rd child only said mum and dad at 2, he soon decided to talk but was a bit later than my others, my little one is 2/12 and only says single words like thankyou, mummy, daddy, cat, dog etc.. he tends to repeat a word he hears or asks for something but only using one word, no sentances just yet.
Yet my daughter was talking in full sentances at 2 all children are different, speech therapy can't do any harm but i would really not worry at her age yet she will soon pick up and be gabbering away in her own time, and once they start they dont stop lol.

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