Not talking yet?
He’ll talk when he’s ready.
She doesn’t need to talk; she’s got siblings!
He’s just so stubborn! He’d rather get it himself than ask for it.
No one else seems to be concerned.
But you are concerned!
Your child is 18 months old and has two words.
You read somewhere they should have 50 words by age two! At this rate, your child won’t be anywhere near that level in six months.
What does this mean? Is something wrong? Is this my fault? What should I do?
I do not recommend the “wait and see” approach.
No child is ever too young for an assessment.
I am the professional who is best qualified to tell you, with confidence, whether you should “wait and see.” Not your mother, not your friend, not even your pediatrician.
Speech-language pathologists are highly trained and uniquely qualified to assess language development in children of all ages, including young toddlers.
My caseload is full of children that could have had therapy months or even years earlier; but because their parents, grandparents, family friends, and pediatricians favored the “wait and see” approach, we missed out on valuable time.
Assessing the Problem
First, we will conduct a detailed assessment to look at what your child understands, how they communicate, what gestures they use, their attention span, their social skills, and their play skills.
This will help us understand if your child is truly most likely just a late talker or if there may be other factors underlying the language delay.
Then, I’ll let you know if therapy is recommended, as well as if it would be wise to have your child assessed by other specialized medical professionals.
Everyone gets to play!
Therapy for children is nearly always play-based. Play is a child’s work, after all!
I will provide you with hands-on parent training regarding the best ways to facilitate feeding, speech, and language development through play.
There is so much we can do together to build language-rich environments for children who are late talkers.
There is no need to wait. Call me at (818) 217-0460.