Handling Anger Issues if You Have a Speech Delayed Kid

People with a short temper will find it very hard to take care of a speech delayed kid. No matter how much positive self talk you do, you’ll always end up frustrated with your kid at some point.

Unfortunately if you have a short temper, you need to resolve your own issues first. Counting from 1 to 100 will not help you in this case.

Seriously consider enrolling in an anger management program. There is no trick to this.

Shouting at your kid won’t do any good. Anger will only create a wall between you and your kid, too.

If you don’t have any access to any anger management programs in your area, then the only way is to distance yourself from your kid from time-to-time. You can do this by hiring a baby sitter once or twice a week. I know that this is easy to do in developed countries.

For people in developing countries, this is where your relationship with your family gets tested. You can ask your relatives to take care of your kid for an hour or so a week while you try to recharge and cool down.

There really is no substitute for your own therapy to help yourself be a better person. But you need to do it even if you just don’t have the time, money, and inclination for therapy.

When it comes to our kids, everything that will help us improve will also help them improve.

Let’s all improve as parents this 2016. Head on over to our Facebook page and post your new year’s resolution as parents.

5 Simple but Effective Tips for Speech and Language Development

Parents like us feel euphoric hearing our child speak their first words. We document them, we post them on social media, and we tell our friends.

We also feel anxious when we don’t see them reaching that milestone. Some of us are in denial telling ourselves that they are just delayed. They can keep up eventually. A common mistake that can cause our child’s speech development.

Others parents will immediately take action and have their children checked by a speech pathologist/therapist.

Of course, most first time parents wouldn’t know what to do. We just make assumptions. It’s a hit or miss.

If you see your child not developing according to standard speech and language milestones, it wouldn’t hurt to have them checked.

While waiting though, it’s good to have some basics to help our child go through the process.

Here are a few tips to help your child’s speech and language development.

1. Learn to use the language that your child is familiar with. Avoid the use of mixed languages.

You should learn to keep your points and sentences simple, clear and straight to the point. Say one thing at a time.

2. Make use of body languages like gestures. Point at the things that you want them to know.

A great example is to make animated gestures like passing the book and saying that you are passing the book. Hold a spoon a spoon and say that you are holding a spoon. Explain what is it for while showing it to your child.

3. Learn what interests your child most or what they love doing and make use of them to drive their attention. You can use that as the point of conversation.

If your child loves cars, play with them but explain in a subtle manner movements and actions using the toy i.e. the car is moving up the hill, etc.

4. Let your child interact with others, by working or playing alongside other kids.

Interaction with other kids can do wonders. Kids imitate other kids. Of course, it’s necessary to be there to advise a kid whether what he is imitating is good or not.

5. When your child starts speaking, invest on children’s book.

Read with your child. Teach him or her how to read and how to say letters and sounds properly.

What else can we do to help our child with speech delay?

As parents, the best thing to do is to educate ourselves. Read books and other informational materials on speech and language development. Or have you kids checked by developmental pediatrician or speech pathologists or therapist if you see first signs of this condition.

Do you know any other tips to help your child’s speech and language development? We love to hear your thoughts.

Is it Speech Delay? When Should Your Child Start Articulating

In our effort to help our son learn to communicate, we have gone through so many researches and all sorts of materials on speech and communication. One interesting topic that caught my attention is Articulation Development.

There are children more advance than others and can say a few words at 6 months.

There are those who learn to speak and articulate according to standard progression.

There are those who are late but can catch up later on.

There are those who don’t progress or have stopped progressing at all.

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How to Play Videogames with Developmentally Delayed Kids

My wife and I are both gamers.

When we had our first child, we were quite happy just thinking how good it will be to have all the family having the same hobby and playing video games together or against each other.

While the thought excited us, we never anticipated that our son will turn out to be developmentally delayed. Growing up, we were both ahead when it comes to mental development. My wife was always ahead of her class and I wasn’t lagging behind either.

When we learned that our son had Global Developmental Delay (GDD) with Speech Disorder, we were scared that he won’t be able to cope up.

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