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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07-06-2013 11:55 #1
Speech therapy before 2 years old
07-06-2013 12:14 #2Senior Member
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07-06-2013 12:23 #3
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.
07-06-2013 12:53 #4
Do they have workshops for parents in Australia? I couldn't find info for Australia.
07-06-2013 13:47 #5
Oh yes they definitely are working in oz! Ill find you a link
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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07-06-2013 14:28 #6
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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