Speech Delay

Posted 06-13-2012 at 12:20 PM by Krista

Today I had to take my oldest, Alison, to the speech and hearing clinic because she does not speak well. It has been a few weeks since I had my youngest evaluated; at that meeting the instructor made the suggestion that I get my three year old tested as well because she also was not speaking well for her age.

My husband and I have been dismayed and nervous ever since. I was dreading today, but I was praying that they would see her for exactly as she is, so that if she needs help she could get it. I won’t deny I felt both shame and embarrassment as I watched her give the wrong answers during parts of her test. I feel like, as her mother, and a stay at home mom at that, that I have failed her somehow.

They did a hearing test, which she passed with flying colors. While her cognitive and language skills are in the “passing” range, I was told that she has a significant delay in articulation. That word hit me like a ton of bricks: significant. Wow. This lady was telling me, as plainly as she could, that my daughter needs help now.

I am willing and able to get her the help she needs, but I was frustrated when she told me that they follow the school’s calendar and since school is out for the year she will not start going to therapy until late August. It is hard to be told that your child needs help and yet they have to wait a long period of time to get it.

However, she did put my fears to rest. Alison’s problem rests merely with language, and not any other type of delay. That is the silver lining on my otherwise gray cloud, I suppose.

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7 Responses to “Speech Delay”

  1. Foolalex on June 13th, 2012 1:32 pm

    I’m sorry that you and your family are going through this tough time. Please let us know how things go in the future, if you don’t mind sharing. :hug:

  2. SageR on June 13th, 2012 2:19 pm

    Don’t be embaressed! I was a early childhood special ed teacher and my son has the same delay. It’s not a reflection of your parenting. It is frustrating to have to delay, or in our case interrupt, services, but ime it works out in the end. When I was teaching I had students who no one could understand and a few years later you would never know there was any kind of problem. My own son has made amazing progress – I can understand him completely. Read lots of stories and sing lots of songs this summer and enjoy your little girl.

  3. heathsmommi on June 13th, 2012 3:02 pm

    I am going through this as well. My son is 3 and has all the 4-yr old speech requirements except for “G” and “Th”. They told me it would need to be corrected before school, but until then, I have to wait for the school’s speech therapy class. Sending hugs your way because I know how helpless you feel

  4. upstategirl on June 13th, 2012 7:58 pm

    That doesn’t seem right. My son started getting speech therapy when he was 3 and he got it over the summer. Is there anyone else you can call?

  5. cjslater1 on June 14th, 2012 11:44 am

    I went through a similar situation with my son, he just turned 3. I contacted a speech therapist but he wasn’t behind enough to need help. That was almost frustrating because I was kinda left trying to figure out what to do on my own. I bought alot of books about it and after a few months of our own therapy he is much better. So just give the simmer your best shot she may improve regardless of whether she has formal help.

  6. MaMaJodiapers on June 14th, 2012 8:35 pm

    All children excel at some things and struggle at others. Yes, she has a delay. A delay is not synonymous with permanent impairment, right? Keep in mind that she is a little behind , and with therapy, will most likely catch up quickly. You will be surprised at how much a therapy can help.

  7. wasabi-mommy on June 16th, 2012 12:50 am

    my oldest daughter had difficulty with her speech. she couldnt pronounce certain letters. cat was tat. girl was dirl. etc..naturally as a parent you dont want to think your child isnt at the level they should be.but in just a few short months of speech therapy in school she can say all of her sounds now! :) hang in there. it will all be okay.

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