Being a parent of many children, I have experienced a child that needed speech therapy in his younger years. He is now 18 years old and shows no signs of ever having a speech impediment.
When my child was around two years old, I started doing some research about some red flags to look for to determine early signs of a possible speech impediment. I know as parents, we want to what’s best for our child and any signs that your child may be developmentally delayed in any way can be worrisome.
However, with all the research and resources available today, there are many solutions that will aid your child in being developmentally up to par for his age. It might take time and effort on your part, but I know you would not be reading this post if you didn’t want what’s best for your child.
Of course, these signs are just suggested red flags, but it can point you in the right direction if needed.
5 Signs that your Child May Need Speech Therapy
- Your baby only makes a few sounds between the ages of 7-12 months. Your child mostly just points to communicate his needs.
- Your child doesn’t communicate or play with others in a social setting after the age of 18 months with peers their own age.
- You or others have a hard time understanding what your child is saying at the ages of 18 – 2 years.
- Your child hasn’t started to combine two or more words to make sentences at the age of two.
- Your child struggles to make easy sounds or words after the age of 2 1/2.
Please keep in mind that these are just signs to look for and you will need to have your child evaluated by a professional. I was able to take my child to the public school for speech therapy even though we chose to homeschool. My child required speech therapy for 3 years. He absolutely loved it. It was a win, win for everyone. The speech therapist provided homework for us to practice daily. It was all fun and games for him.
I hope these signs encourage you that there is help out there for your child with many solutions if they need speech therapy. Call your local school even if you have a preschooler. My child started speech therapy when he was 3 years old.
Can you think of any additional signs to look for to determine if your child may need speech therapy?