Jowanna - posted on 10/03/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
There are so many developmental standards for infants and toddlers, and they have changed in the past few years. I get so disgusted with my son's daycare and their ideas on what appropriate developmental milestones are for certain ages. Each child develops differently. My son is 2 1/2 years old.My son was not able to hear until he was a little over a year, and his speech is delayed because of it. My son does not communicate with words well, he can say words, but chooses not to. I have allowed for speech therapy while he is at school. Lately I have noticed that he is doing alot of signing with his hands. Sign language is fine, but now I am wondering if they are more focused with teaching him sign language rather than encouraging him to use his words. This aggravates me alot! I am very defensive when it comes to my sons speech delay, in my experience it seems that people who are working with him won't take it for what it is and would rather assume something is wrong with him. I know sign language is being used as a communication tool in this situation, but, my son is not deaf nor is he cognitively impaired. Should I be mad about this and discuss it with them? Or go along with it and work on the sign language at home? I don't think it is wise to encourage him to sign rather than to use his words.