My 2 year old has been recommended to get speech therapy based on how she is communicating in her day care. I thought she might be a late talker but they are bringing up valid points on why she needs help. Just looking for some support to help me process this.

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Speech therapy is no big deal. I have several children and half if them had speech therapy. For two of them, it was very short duration at a young age and they were good to go. For another, we moved just after he stayed and had to find a new therapist then COVID got in the way, and I suspect now it will take a bit more effort. It's nothing to be worried about. Don't assume a correlation between identifying that a child would benefit from speech therapy and that child's cognitive ability. My first child to go through speech therapy has since scored 99th percentile on multiple standardized and will probably hit near that when he takes SAT next year. Other than test scores, he's a normal teenage boy who plays videogames and speaks normally, even though he didn't really speak until about 3yo (after speech therapy). No worries. All's good.

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Donated half the DNA? 🤷🏼‍♂️ First time he took a standardized state test he got 98th or 99th in all sections. For SAT we've just started working on it, but my philosophy is to always focus on understanding. If you don't know the answer, you have to learn the principles that allow you to solve it (not just the steps). I really don't have any insights beyond that. When I took the GMAT I only prepped for a weekend then took the test on Tuesday.

First thing to do is contact your pediatrician. They can let you know what resources are available where you live. As some mentioned some states pay for this kind of therapy. In my area it is run on a county level and based on age and school district. There are plenty of resources available if you need them. Also look into getting an IEP if therapy is needed. That can be very useful to have especially in a school situation as they get older. I have three kids who needed it. One was only for a year, and the other two still get therapy to help with sound pronunciation.

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Did you go to a speech therapist? My daughters pre-school said this when she was two and we took her to a SLP and they said she was just shy. They were right, there was nothing wrong.

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She’s 7 now and won’t shut up. She’s a little social butterfly everywhere she goes.

Thx all! Appreciate all the comments. Glad to hear the positive outcomes. We have an appointment with her pediatrician tomorrow and will take their guidance on what to do next. Will get our daughter the help she needs!

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I had to get speech therapy when I was 8. When you’re younger, it works better. I wouldn’t be concerned because it was caught so early. Thank you for being a great parent and being concerned about your child’s development.

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One of my kids needed some at that age. Was more articulate than his peers by Kindergarten. Who knows if it was age or the therapy but there was certainly nothing harmful about the therapy. He enjoyed it. If worried about cost see if your community has an early intervention program that might apply. In the range of preschool scares speech is fairly minor.

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My 2 year old was a late talker so we started speech therapy at around 20 months. Highly recommend you get an evaluation. We did early intervention (free through the state) and he went from only being able to say 5 words to talking in full sentences in ~8 months. Only positive things can happen if you get ahead of this.

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I didn't really talk until I was 5, had to do speech therapy for a year. Worked wonders.

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I’ve sent 2/3 kids to speech so far. First one may not have needed it second one definitely does. It worked well for both. Try not to think of it as “what’s wrong with my kid” and realize that speech is just extra tutoring. Even if they don’t need it, it helps and certainly won’t hurt them. Especially at that age.

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I wouldn’t look too much into it, my son didn’t start speaking until he was 3 and he’s excelling now (7 years old)

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My sister went through this same situation last year. Speech therapy worked well for my cousin and now he's back on track. Could be development, could be personality, could be covid, try it out and do your best not to worry long term

Same. I did speech therapy all throughout elementary school. I wasn’t able to say certain letters or sounds (r, sh, ch, s) but now I can. It’s nice you’ve identified it in your child early on.

Smart teachers!

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My 3 year old talk and understands stuff but can’t pronounce consonants right. He says Awien instead of Adrien. What can we do?

This sounds like normal 3 yo development to me. If your child was 3 and not talking at all, that's reason to do something about it.

I’m a 27 yr old female - I did not start talking until I was 3 years old. I hit all other milestones at a normal age in terms of crawling, walking, etc however I just babbled/whined until I was 3. I started speech therapy around 4 years old and continued it till ~10 years old. I don’t have any speech issues now. My oldest brother had the same issue not talking until 3 so my parents weren’t worried when I was delayed

Do whatever you can to support your child and give them the resources they need! Depending on your state, there may be free consultation and services available. Check with your pediatrician for referrals. It’s ok, hang in there, fellow parent. These services are designed to help, not point out what’s wrong to make you feel bad. They are telling you because they care 💛

I have several friends whose kids went through this and have totally normal healthy kids who just happened to speak on a delayed timeline. Some states do pay for this, too, as someone else mentioned. Don’t turn away help!

My child did a year of speech therapy at 4 for articulation. Her teachers firmly believed it helped with reading acquisition as well. She’s 6, never shuts up, is understood by anyone who is comfortable with kids and reads at a higher level than her 8yr old sister. If your child needed glasses, you’d buy them without thinking. This is just another way to help your child engage with their environment. It’s expensive and time consuming, but it isn’t anything to fear or a sign of failure on anyone’s part.

My kids going through it now. Super sharp and advanced in his motor skills. Understands what you say to him just doesn’t speak a lot. 2.5 now. Would rather get early help then wait and it be a disadvantage in school

My 9 year old does speech therapy and likes it! We’re from MA and she had a terrible “Boston” accent- we she was a toddler we had to mentally put r’s into her words to understand what she was saying. We moved to NH and she picked up a local accent too. She’s doing great now though!!

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