The speech place that got back to me last night seem really lovely and they said they don't have a wait list for their services at all so I think we might start with them.
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14-05-2014 12:06 #21
14-05-2014 12:08 #22
Thanks again for all the help, I'm feeling a lot brighter about it
14-05-2014 12:14 #23Member
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Hi, I have just read some of what is said so sorry if I am repeating things.
My husband and I are both primary school teachers and my son has a speech delay too. He was saying barely 5 words at age 2. I know that it is hard when you can't find a reason for it. My son is non-stop. He is full on! But he is not autistic or have any other developmental disorder, so please know that it doesn't necessarily mean that your son does either.
I'm sure you have researched your heart out and know a lot already too. For us we cancelled out things - hearing test, then check by ear nose throat specialist, in case of adenoids etc. then check by speech therapist. He has seen her every few months and due for another check next week. Ours is only 40 dollars for a private session though!
In the past 3 months he went from saying 10 words to 50+ my husband and I are amazed. He still is behind but looking back I believe he just wasn't ready. He was too busy developing other skills. It was hard to get him to stop and listen.
Here is a blog post from my website http://schoolofmum.com.au/lets-get-talking-speech-delays/
Feel free to email me anytime! I would be happy to run through suggestions the speech the speechie gave us and more
14-05-2014 12:48 #24Senior Member
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My dd had speech issues the same age as your ds. Our Mchn picked up on it, like yours. She told us to go speak to our gp. Our gp referred us to a private speech therapist. He said the hospitals wait list was too long and she needed assistance ASAP.
Our private speech therapist cost $120 but with Medicare rebate, we were out of pocket $10 per fortnight for 4mths. She went once a week. The sessions went for an hour and dd mostly played.
The speech therapist advised a hearing test first off to just rule it out. But I knew her hearing was fine, speech therapist was fine with her hearing too.
we focused on sounds. And jaw/lip movements. Dd was not at all interested in co operating. She still kept saying "baba" for everything.
After 4 mths we stopped going. I felt we were not getting anywhere. I enrolled her Into crèche 1 day per week and spoke to her carers about her speech delay.
Massive improvements. Massive.
She also goes to playgroup and library toddler time sessions but crèche by far, saw drastic improvements. She actually started trying to say words. Other than resorting to "baba". All the time.
fast forward 12mths and she doesn't shut up lol full sentences, still not perfect but when she says a word incorrectly, all I do is get her to watch my mouth and she willingly copies me. For eg. Dd says"tar" instead of "car". I showed her how to make the "c" sound and she copied me. Now says "car" every time.
i think it's age. And willingness. And a combo of being interested in talking and communicating. For dd, this came a lot later.
14-05-2014 13:08 #25Senior Member
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14-05-2014 13:52 #26
18-05-2014 13:01 #27
Thanks for the positive stories and help ladies. It's nice to see positive outcomes, makes the road look a lot less scary for me Will be checking out those websites and blogs this afternoon.
So we made the decision to go to private speech therapy...not sure how frequently but probably once every 3 weeks. We found a very lovely and thorough speech therapist who is very flexible and helpful. So the first session is next Friday and will be $165 as it will be the assessment. After that it is $150/hour. She said that they work with what you can afford and that most sessions are $75 for 30 minutes or $115 for 45 minutes so It's really up to us
I'm actually really excited to jump into because his speech is an every day worry so will be nice to feel like we are finally starting somewhere.
Thanks again for the hugs and stories it really has helped Will update after his appointment.
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18-05-2014 13:40 #28
I haven't read all of the responses, but amongst what I have read are some great suggestions.
I'm not a speech pathologist or therapist, but I have a bit of a background in linguistics and a strong interest in language development. Some suggestions (although I may be repeating things):
Get down to his level and make eye contact when talking to him.
Repetition. Repeat EVERYTHING. Start simple and work up. "Dog. That's OUR dog. That's our dog ROVER".
Praise. any time he says ANYTHING, give very specific praise. For example, not "good boy!" but "You said 'look'! It makes me so happy when you use words, I can understand you clearly"
Require communication. If he wants something, ask for something from him in order to get it. So... if he'd usually just point, look for any attempt to verbalise. MASSIVE praise & immediate reward with what he wants. If/when that becomes the norm, step it up to trying to say the correct word etc.
Visuals. Have pictures stuck up of common things he would want, or people he knows. Look at them regulraly and talk about them, say the words clearly. If he wants milk for example, get him to bring you the card with the milk on it. "You want MILK!" etc.
Avoid closed-ended questions. Try to be conscious of the possible responses to things that you say/ask him. If possible responses are "yes""no""dog" etc, then that doesn't encourage talking. So for example... "what's that?" doesn't really encourage conversation, whereas "Oh look! It's a dog, I love seeing dogs" etc. encourages engagement and a desire to join in the conversation.
As I say, I may well have repeated a lot. Apologies if it's a bit rambled, I'm in a rush right now....will read more of the responses later.
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