Anyone ever have a toddler in speech therapy?

Lisa - posted on 11/19/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Our ped told us yesterday that our son should be evaluated for speech therapy as he doesn't really speak "real" words just a lot of babble. He's got great comprehension and hearing but not the vocab to match. I was curious what to expect with speech therapy for an 18 month old?

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Lisa - posted on 11/21/2009

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Ann Marie - Thank you so much for your insight!!!! It really helps to hear another mom's point of view and 20 words after just 6 weeks of therapy...what a big boy!!!! I made the call to get things rolling with his initial appts so we'll see how it goes. Thanks for taking the time to help calm a mom who worries too much :)

Caitlin - Good luck with your little guy (love the hat in the pic) and I'll be sure to post an update :)

Caitlin - posted on 11/20/2009

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My 9 month son is "tongue-tied" and we decided not to have his tongue clipped (if you don't know already, it means his tongue is attached from the bottom almost up to his tip. He can't stick his tongue out like normal tongues). His daddy has the same thing. My Love grew into it, and has no problem now, but had speech therapy since he was 12 months until 6 years. That said, our son probably will need it too. I don't know what to expect but I'm curious too so keep us updated please :)

Ann Marie - posted on 11/20/2009

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My 19 mo old son is in speech therapy. Just like yours he has great comprehension but just doesn't talk. I figured if they are going to offer him free speech therapy through the school district we might as well take advantage of it. We have someone come to our house once a week for an hour. She works with him to try to make sounds and say words. It has worked well for him and he now says about 20 words since starting about 6 weeks ago. We also go to class at a school for an hour a week. There they play, sing songs, make snacks, read books etc. He is a little more distracted there but I think the interaction with other kids is a great thing for him. It's all about getting sounds out right now, that's where they start. They give suggestions on how to get him to become more vocal like with songs, motor exercises, looking in mirrors, talking in microphones, etc. I would do it. It can't hurt and if there is really a problem there it is better to catch it early. Don't worry, a lot of boys don't talk well yet at this age. But I am glad we chose to get him started in therapy.

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