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.