I'm sorry if this turns out to be very long but I guess It's best to give as much info as I can. Ds1 is 2 years 8 months and has what I think are some major issues with speech. We took him to his chn when he was 2 (sept last year) and she agreed he wasn't close to where he should be with speech. We got referred to the Children's development team and finally had him assessed in February, he is now on the public wait list for speech therapy which is at least a year. I have done the ring around to private speech therapists and they charge anywhere between $160-$200 for 45 minutes which I really don't think we can afford if he was to go once a week.
He has just started with a play group which is aimed at children with speech difficulties and is mainly singing, reading and dance...they also have a theme every single week and do a craft. We also get given a hand out at the end with a pointer and the words to the songs. I'm hoping this will help in some way but he really needs more than this as it is only 45 minutes/week.
He understands direction and a lot of the time we can understand what he wants through his babble and gestures it's just his lack of words and interest in speaking that I'm worried sick over. He said a lot more words 8 months ago than he does now
At the moment the two words he uses daily are:
Every now and then he will say:
He has also said other words randomly and never said them again or very few times...words like nanna, pop, baby.
He used to have approximately 15 words but it has decreased significantly in the last few months. I'm aware that some children, especially boys, start talking between 2.5-3 but it really concerns me how little he says and that he has not progressed.
He has so much to say and babbles so much so I know he wants to. He gets frustrated so easily and I don't blame him because I know he wants us to understand Something that was repeatedly noted during his assessment was his serious lack of attention...his attention span is extremely short and I wonder if that is the cause? I talk to him all day, I point out things, we try and read to him but he can only sit still for like 30 seconds with something like that and then he's off with something else. We try and sing to him but he just yells.
So my questions are:
How often did your child go to speech therapy? We were wondering if we went to a couple of sessions or spaced them out and got tips that maybe that is better than nothing?
Did day care help? It has been suggested we put him in day care to help but we could only afford to send him twice a week and even that would make money really tight. We couldn't afford day care and speech therapy
Does anybody have any tips as to what we could be doing at home with him? I'm so lost with this as we have only been told to just speak to him using one or two words together. Is there really nothing else we could be doing? We have just had the idea of making our own pieces of paper with pictures on. He points things out but never names it he mostly just says look.
When he babbles we act like we know what he is talking about but are worried we are encouraging him to use babble and not words. We asked the speechy who did his assessment about this and she couldn't give us an answer.
I stress about this all day and night and both dh and I feel like complete failures that we can't afford to get him what he needs I blame myself because we spend a lot of time at home and I always wonder if I had of taken him to play group earlier that he might have been talking better. Soon I will have 3 under 3 and I don't want him to feel like he is missing out.
Any tips or advice about what we can do is greatly appreciated