Let’s talk speech delays.
This sweet boy. Raylon is one of the smartest kids I’ve ever known. He fascinates me. But he struggles with processing language.
At his two year check up he was behind on speech so we enrolled him in school, in hopes that being around other kids would help him catch up. At his 3 year check up, although he had made improvement we could tell he was behind. Raylon knows thousands of words and talks and sings 24/7 but struggles with most conversations. He understands most of what is said but has a hard time forming responses. He has his moments where he is spot on but most times it’s a struggle.
Its hard on a momma when your child wants to tell you something and you know he knows the words but for some reason he can’t get them out. It’s even more hard to see the frustration he gets.
The road to getting him therapy has taken forever! We were first referred to ECI (Early Childhood Intervention program) Which is for ages 3 and under, but by the time they did his evaluation he only had two months left in their program. Since he was turning 3 he was referred to the local school district to see if he would qualify for the early preschool program where he can get free speech therapy. It took six months of evaluation but Raylon has started speech therapy and will start preschool next month.
We are trying everything to provide him with as many services possible to make communication easier and to prepare him for kindergarten. I have no doubt that our sweet smart boy will be carrying on conversations before we know it and speech therapy will someday be a thing of the past. I will be posting updates on his progress in the coming months.
“It is only a delay, not an end. Your child is amazing and YOU are an amazing parent for getting your child the services they need to succeed in life.”
If you are currently dealing with a speech delay know that it is much more common than you might think. It is only a delay not an end. Your child is amazing and YOU are an amazing parent for getting your child the services they need to succeed in life. Making progress with a speech delay takes time. It takes patience and lots of social interaction. Just know you are not alone.
Did your child ever have a developmental delay? If so, I’d love to hear your story. ❤️
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