I am a mother of a toddler who is 2 years old. I have noticed that my child is having difficulty with speech development. He is not able to communicate effectively and most of his words are an unintelligible jumble. As a concerned mother, I want to know when I should be concerned about this issue and what steps I can take to help my child.
I have read online that children develop at their own pace, but I cannot help but worry about my child's speech development. I would greatly appreciate any advice and insights about this matter.
Thank you in advance for your time and help.
I hope it is OK for me to share my story. My daughter has always been a chatty one, so when my son was born, I was surprised that he wasn't as verbal as she was at his age.
When he turned 2, his speech development was still delayed, and it was causing some difficulties. As a first-time parent, I was panicked, but I tried not to let it show, and instead, I researched and read as much as possible about speech development and how to help with it.
One of the things we tried was using flashcards. We made our flashcards and used them with my son every day. In the beginning, it was challenging to keep his attention, but we made it fun by adding animal sounds, singing a nursery rhyme, and showing him pictures of things he was familiar with.
Another thing that we found helpful was using visual aids. We used pictures in books or on the computer to describe things we were doing or talking about. For example, when we were baking cookies, I showed him the picture of the ingredients in the recipe book and named each item.
It was not an overnight solution, but we kept at it, and slowly but surely, his speech started to develop. Now he is 4, and it warms my heart to see how far he has come.
In conclusion, every child is unique, and so are their milestones. If you are concerned about your toddler's speech development, you can do a lot to help them, including using flashcards, reading to them, using visual aids, and being consistent.
Best of luck to you and your family.