What is Speech Delay?

Language and speech delay affects 5% to 10% of pre-school kids.

Unfortunately, my son is affected by this disorder which is part of Global Developmental Delay (GDD).

My son, Timothy is now 4 years old, and will be 5 years old in a few months. He’s still unable to string a complete sentence spontaneously.

Clearly, this is the most obvious sign of language delay.

So What is Speech Delay?

Speech delay is essentially language development going in the right order, but the problem is, it is very slow.

Two-year-old’s should be able to say 2 words or more. When Tim was 2, he was pretty much silent.

The problem with language delay is that you can’t tell if your kid has developmental problems, or just a late bloomer.

It’s better that we have Tim on therapy. At least, even if he is just a late bloomer, his language skill will be developed further.

That said, I’m not really confident that my son is a late bloomer. I think he has difficulty sequencing words into coherent sentences on his own.

Doctors are Cautious

I’m a little frustrated that Tim’s doctor is not really giving us any detailed information about his condition.

The thing is, you can’t blame the doctors. They are cautious to jump to conclusions.

It’s already very tough to diagnose and tell parents that their child is suffering from GDD.

There is really nothing more we can do but train Tim to speak everyday, and through therapy.

5 Ways to Enhance Attention Span to Aid in Your Child’s Speech Development

We know how important focus or attention is. Attention is needed in order for a child to learn.

We don’t need our child’s developmental pediatrician to tell us that. But sometimes it is important to hear it again.

My goal for this article is to give practical tips and tricks to help develop your child’s attention span without the aid of medication.

Attention Disorder Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects between 1.5 and 3.5 million school-age children in the U.S., or an estimated 5% of all boys and 2% of all girls. Why ADHD affects more boys than girls is a mystery at this point. Up to 60% of these children will continue to have symptoms into adulthood. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than a million children take prescription medicines to control hyperactive behavior. The estimated cost to schools is about 3 billion dollars.

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The Best Books on Speech Development for Language Delayed Kids

When we notice something different with our kids, our first inclination as parents is to search for information about our kids’ health. We research. We ask other people especially friends. Or we consult with medical specialists.

That said, information gathering as our first tool should yield reliable results. If you are searching online about medical conditions or solutions to help your kid, especially if the child has special needs, you have to be very meticulous and selective. There are many content online that adds to the noise rather than serve as a valuable piece of information.

That said, we have gathered a few books on speech and language that can help kids with special needs. These book reviews about speech and language development is for informational purposes only. Every kid is different. What works for us might not work for you.

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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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Best Toys for Your Kid’s Speech Development

Global Developmental Delay or GDD can be detected late in your kid’s life. One symptom that you will recognize right away is speech delay.

In our child’s case, he is still not able to have short conversations at the age of 4. Although the doctor has not given us a specific condition, she is seeing our kid under the ADHD spectrum.

Since his attention span is shorter than normal, it is very hard to teach him some skills fit for his age. One of them is telling exactly what he wants.

He is about to start with speech therapy soon. While waiting, we have asked for advice from experts so we can encourage him to talk. One advice we got was to talk to him using assistive technology or developmental toys.

So without further ado, here are some of the best toys to help your kid’s speech development.

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