My Gut Tells Me Not to Wait
Updated: Nov 18, 2019
I have had many parents tell me that when they expressed concerns about their child's speech and language development to their pediatrician, they were told "wait and see" or "give it time". Some followed that advice and regretted it later. Some followed their own instincts and sought out speech therapy and were glad they did. Only 20-30% of children with developmental problems are identified before they begin school. That means that 70-80% miss out on valuable early intervention services. The first few years of life are the "critical window for language development". Early intervention may reverse a communication disorder or at the very least reduce the negative impact it has on a child. If you are concerned about your child's speech or language development, don't "wait and see". Early intervention is key!