In early 2014, my wife and I noticed that our daughter Rebecca wasn't saying as many words as we thought she should be saying for her age. We've always been told "kids learn at different speeds" and "not to worry", so we gave it a bit more time.
We hoped her words were about to catch up.
Unfortunately, that didn't happen. At this point we were more concerned so we took her to the doctor.
After some some hearing tests and a trip to the ENT doctor (Otolaryngologist), we found that she had retained fluid buildup in her ears. This impacted her hearing and her ability to learn words. That's why she her progress was delayed. Now we needed a way to get her caught up.
We were referred to a Speech Language Pathologist for speech therapy. However, where we live in Ontario a public therapist has a 10 month wait list, and private speech therapy runs $150 an hour. In the end, we took several private lessons, but were lucky that a cancellation got us into the public therapist only after 4 months of waiting.
During all of this private and public therapy, I was surprised in that it was very different than what I expected. The majority of the time is spent teaching the parent how to help their toddler at home.
I had expected perhaps dropping her off for the sessions and pick her up, but it's really more for the parent.
And I realized this is a good thing.
Toddlers learn the most from their parents. We're the people they spend the most time with, whom they look up to the most, and whom they love so much.
The only unfortunate fact is that it costs lots of money or takes a long time to get the education we needed to help our daughter.
But the end result is what counts. We learned a significant amount about effectively communicating with her to maximize her speech development, and realized that as new parents we were really communicating inefficiently.
By the end of 2014 she was exceeding the milestones for the number of words a 2 year old needed to know and has quickly become a chatter bug.
Over the years, I've realized I'm much more compassionate person that I thought I was. And my children certainly brought that out even more in me.
That's why I've spent a lot of effort to help others with their toddler's speech delay.
I'm going to show you the Talk Now program below, which I guarantee will help your toddler's speech.
However, if you aren't aware of why you should help your toddler now rather than waiting, keep reading.