I often wonder what it is that triggers parents to make the decision to bring their child to a speech pathologist. So many parents are under the impression with talking, that it is better to ‘wait and see’ if they catch up or let them develop ‘at their own pace’. I wonder if this ‘wait and see’ approach would apply if the child was not walking at 2 years of age or was not toilet trained by 4?
As speech pathologists we know that the best thing to do if you are concerned about your child’s speech or language skills is to ‘address it today and not to delay’. In fact, the timing of visiting a speech pathologist is actually crucial.
Research shows that from birth to 5 years, children learn language through back-and-forth interactions with their parents. The less a child speaks or the less intelligible they are, the less these interactions occur. Check out the full article written by the Hanen Organisation about ‘Why it is important to start early’.
However, I am as guilty as the next parent at putting my head in the sand and hoping things will just work out. So for argument’s sake, I have put together the top 3 reasons ‘for’ and ‘against’ taking your child to see a speech language pathologist.
Continue reading “A word on speech. “She’ll grow out of it…won’t she?””
Welcome to another edition of the “What’s Up Doc?” Q & A series! In celebration of this month’s book box theme, The Doctor’s Kit, we have had the pleasure of interviewing a variety of professionals in the medical field. This week we will hear from Dr Ian Black, General Practitioner.
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What do Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill have in common?
Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill were both late talkers. In fact, some say Einstein did not utter his first words until he was three.
‘Late talkers’ is a hot topic with mothers in the playground which is not surprising when they account for 15% of the toddler population!
Most well-meaning friends provide reassuring conclusions about: how everyone develops at their own rate; a successful family member who didn’t talk till they were 5; they’re just ‘shy’; or a reference to a world famous late talker of genius status like ‘Albert Einstein’… and they were more than fine!
Your child might be like Einstein but just in case they aren’t… Tonight’s blog post provides parents with some practical tweaks to the way they communicate which will provide your child with the best platform for learning to talk. Continue reading “Talking Tips for the Late Talking Toddler”
Four year olds are fascinating! A year that’s full of building on old skills while picking up brand-new ones at breakneck speed. Four is typically a lively, energetic, and sociable year. Confident about basics like speaking, running, drawing, and building things, your child is ready to use these skills to the fullest. Even more reserved four year olds tend to enjoy the company of adults and children of all ages. Everybody seems fascinating now, from the postman to cousins to random new faces on the playground. But what do speech pathologist’s look for in a four year old? Continue reading “4 year olds in the eyes of a speech pathologist”
A little birdie once used the term ‘helicopter mum’ to describe a parenting style and the term stuck with me. It was a term that picked away at my deepest insecurities; this was not how I wanted to be nor be described by others.
Helicopter parent (n): A primary caregiver who hovers (both literally and figuratively) over their offspring to the detriment of the child’s learning and independence.
The term ‘helicopter parent’ has strong negative connotations with many associated terms springing to mind: anxiousness, kids wrapped in cotton wool, control freaks, learnt helplessness, worry warts, and the list goes on. It seems that the general consensus is that ‘helicopter parenting’ is not the way we should parent but the jury is out on the right way.
Continue reading “HELP! I think I’m a helicopter parent!”