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    Default Speech therapy before 2 years old

    DS is 21 months and only has about 5 words, we have been referred to have an assessment for speech therapy but the current wait time is 9 months. I am happy to pay for private st if it will benefit him at this age. Looking for opinions on st before 2. Has your child had st early and did it help?

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    At 2, you wouldn't enter formal speech therapy. Your child would be assessed to see whether there's a delay for any particular reason, then you'd be given ongoing homework. I would recommend contacting the Hanen Centre, which is a parent-child communication program for pre- and early verbal children and parents to learn really effective ways to communicate with and without words, before the child is old enough to start formal speech therapy.

    I am not affiliated with Hanen in anyway, but their it takes two to talk program can be life changing. Have a google. Best of luck, OP.

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    Do they have workshops for parents in Australia? I couldn't find info for Australia.

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    Oh yes they definitely are working in oz! Ill find you a link

    http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info/Ho...-is-About.aspx

    Ok so the link will tell you more about the program, but to find a practitioner you'll need to contact private speech pathologists in your area and ask them if they are Hanen certified. I see you're in nsw, I saw a few names come up when I searched for Hanen program nsw, but I obviously don't know where you are maybe a ring around will help.
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    I would wait til 2. We looked into private speech therapy for our dd and were shocked when the initial assessment cost was $375, then another $110 for the next visit (which seemed mandantory to get the results), then in theory $110 a fortnight thereafter which on the phone they assumed would be needed. We get $35 back/consult from private health.

    Anyway, that was when our dd was 19 months old and had 2 words (mum & dad). We decided to wait for the speech therapy and see what happened. We also tried harder to get her to repeat words that we said and to talk directly to her and expect a response. It's now only 6 weeks later and I've honestly lost track of her words. Seriously. She even counted this morning (said "two" after I said "one")!!! She's still doing a lot of baby babble but she is using more & more 'real' words (at least 20, maybe more than 30) and she's even using phrases such as "I did it!" and "what's that?".

    So, my recommendation is to stay on the public waitlist and then consider private at the age of 2 if he hasn't improved, cause he might just improve anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MummyJenn View Post
    DS is 21 months and only has about 5 words, we have been referred to have an assessment for speech therapy but the current wait time is 9 months. I am happy to pay for private st if it will benefit him at this age. Looking for opinions on st before 2. Has your child had st early and did it help?
    Have you had a hearing test done? DD was slow to start talking due to glue ear. We had a speech pathology assessment done privately before she was 2 (after grommets) and it was definitely worth it for the strategies we were given to encourage speech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sajimum View Post
    Have you had a hearing test done? DD was slow to start talking due to glue ear. We had a speech pathology assessment done privately before she was 2 (after grommets) and it was definitely worth it for the strategies we were given to encourage speech.
    Not yet but I am going to book him in for one though. I don't think he has any problems hearing but best to be on the safe side just in case.

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