This did not surprise me because we have been keeping an eye on his speech since he starting talking over a year ago. There are certain words he cuts off, or cannot pronounce correctly. At this point, he is still not really talking with more than 1-2 words to ask for something. There has been a lot of progress in the last few months. Since he was one year old, our son would say "cu"(referring to "milk"...we think he was trying to say "cup"). Joshua has now resorted to asking for milk by saying "mmm" so it is progress in the right direction. There are a lot of things he has learned over the last few months and are excited about.
I am not writing this to diagnose or put a label on my child. I think that was my fear when I was thinking about asking my friends for help or putting this out there. Initially, it seemed more comfortable to keep this between my husband and I. In the end, I'm realizing my hesitant behavior is not because I am embarrassed. It is all about protecting my son so he later does not feel embarrassed himself or feel like he has been put in a box. My fears about this topic stem from my own childhood...
I was the speech child. I even went to kindergarten twice. I think the way I felt about myself growing up is what I do not want my son to experience. I want Joshua to excel. I want him to have the best self-esteem. This is just coming from a parent that wants the best for her child. Just as I am sure you want the best for your child.
Joshua has another appointment coming up to be observed. From there, they will determine if possible speech therapy is the route to take. Maybe they will say everything actually looks great, or maybe they will say he does need therapy. Either way, educating myself on this topic is important and I am sure others would like to learn more too.
My main purpose for this post is to get over my own insecurities, but also to ask for advice and support. The professionals will be giving me info but I would like to hear from those who have experience with this too. Feel free to email me if commenting on here is not helpful: firstname.lastname@example.org
Does anybody have experience with a 2-5 year old who has done speech therapy?
What is some good advice or experiences you can share with me?