Aside from being a teacher, I am a parent of two little boys. I have mentioned them here and there, but I don’t talk a lot about their educational development. Until now.
My toddler is going to be 3 in August and he has a speech delay. He babbled as a baby and said his first words, but when it comes to developing a strong vocabulary or putting more than a couple of words together, he hasn’t quite gotten there yet. He makes noises when he plays with trucks, can imitate lots of animal sounds, and can fill in words in books or songs we read or sing together. But I noticed something was missing and contacted my local Early Intervention program. They have been absolutely wonderful and he has been receiving speech therapy for almost two months now.
But while I was in the midst of the process of getting him therapy, I sought out information anywhere I could and the first thing I did was what I think many people do… I Googled it.
When I Googled “helping with a speech delay in toddlers”, I found SO many resources. (A quick Google search just now brought up “about 32,700,000” results.) So how would I know if a resource was valid, research-based, and credible? How was I going to weed out the advertisements to just buy something? When would I know that I found something that was actually going to help my son?
Luckily, it didn’t take long for me to come across Laura Mize, a pediatric speech-language pathologist who had a podcast. I started listening and I was quickly hooked. So many of her stories sounded like my son. He had great receptive language skills, but lacked many expressive skills needed. I signed up for her email list, too, and have been applying a lot of her tips and strategies to my daily interactions with my son. She has been unknowingly helping us on our journey and between what I’ve learned from her and his speech therapist, my son has been making great strides! We hope to see it continue!
I am in no way affiliated with Laura Mize and I do not have a background in speech-language pathology, but I am just speaking as a parent here… I highly recommend Laura’s resources if you are struggling with a child with a speech delay!
And, Laura, if you’re reading this… Thank you! You’ve helped me a great deal!