We Have a “Late Talker”
I’ve already heard people say “That’s good, enjoy it! When they start talking they won’t stop”, and to that I say “hahaha” but actually in my head I’m thinking “No, that’s not good”. Rowan is almost 19 months now (Note: can I just say “a year and a half” because I feel like a tool giving her age in months now) and at 18 months we started to notice that she wasn’t really saying many words. By that I mean she’s saying about 3-5 words and everything I’ve read says kids should be at about 10-20 words at this age. Not perfectly pronounced, but words that you know what they mean and sound close to what the child is trying to say. So we’re a bit off.
While I don’t want to be THAT MOM who freaks out over nothing, I also know that early intervention is important because so many of these developmental milestones build on each other. If she starts late in one area, there’s a good chance she will have a lot of work to do to catch up later on. So while most people (and our family doctor) said not to worry until 2 years of age, I decided to make an appointment at Speech Services Niagara.
Rowan had her assessment which lasted about 30 minutes. A Speech Pathologist observed Rowan playing with some toys while simultaneously asking me questions. I didn’t feel like it was a very thorough assessment to be honest, and she came to the same conclusion I already had based on my own research. Rowan is a “late talker”. So she doesn’t show signs of any delay or disability, and her comprehension (or receptive language) is even a bit ahead for her age, but she has just found other ways to communicate without words. Probably because its easier!
We taught her to use a few baby signs starting around 5-6 months so she knows signs for “milk”, “more”, and “all done” along with having made up some of her own signs. She’s also great at pointing and screaming at us to get her message across. But that gets frustrating especially when she really wants something and we have no idea what that is.
Our home program provided by S.S. Niagara (they have a cute boat logo to go along with that name) consists of some activities which we have been trying but haven’t seen much improvement. The wait list for actual treatment is 10 MONTHS. Um, what? That’s almost a full year, and she wouldn’t be seen again until then which is ridiculous. So if there actually is an issue or we don’t see improvement, she won’t get more focused treatment until then. Thankssssssss…
Rich’s benefits provide coverage for speech therapy and I’ve found a private Speech Pathologist in the area to meet with. Really its about teaching us how to set up situations that encourage Rowan to use words more often and being good models for her without making her feel like we’re testing her (“SAY MAMA!”). We are meeting with someone next week and I’m really looking forward to hearing her take on everything, and what we can do differently.
P.S. Rowan finally said “mama” today for the first time 💜 Although I have yet to determine if it was in reference to me or a muffin.
Was your child a “late talker” or do you take them to speech therapy for another reason? Tell me about your experience below!