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Wednesday: Speech Therapy Day




Today was a totally awesome day having spent it with my parents and siblings although my older brother made me cry today. Unfortunately for me he doesn't like it when I go into his room and take his things and hide them. I only want to play hide-n-seek with his things but I can never remember where I put them and he doesn't like it one bit. Maybe he needs to hide them before I get to them then he won't need to find them. How about that for a solution!

After playing outdoors for a while today with my pets it was time for lunch. It's fun watching them tempt me with food in order for me to eat. I'm trying to maintain my supermodel figure so I'm really picky now when it comes to eating food. Mommy decided that in order to supplement my diet that she would introduce Pediasure so that I could get extra nutrients as well.
I do love that, it tastes so much better than regular milk that they now insist that I have to drink all because I'm now a year old. Why did I have to grow up? I don't like being old! Can you imagine how mommy feels? 

My speech therapist also came by to visit me today. I'm getting speech therapy because mommy was concerned that my language skills was not up to par with what I should be doing at my age. Maybe mommy needs to recognize that I'm my own individual and maybe I'm not ready to speak as yet. I know the doctor said that I should be speaking lots of words but really the only words I like saying is "mine" and "no". After all it's mine and no you can't have any.

My therapist spends an hour with me trying to get me to say words but I'm not really interested in what she has to say. I'm more interested in looking through her picture and story books that she brings every week. Now those are fun. I think I'm just going to surprise them one day with a full blown sentence and they're really going to be shocked then. Say what?!

Mommy was a little more concerned for me since I have an 8 year old Autistic brother so on a more serious note if you think your child may be delayed its best to have him/her checked sooner than later. There are signs to look out for and although I seem to be on track it doesn't hurt to have extra help. There are lots of ways to encourage your child's speech development.


Reading plays a big part in it. Constantly read to your toddler. It's one of the reason I have so many books and I enjoy reading them with mommy. Help your child build vocabulary by repeating words over and over, building on them and being descriptive. Don't just label items, describe them. For example if your child can say dog like I can, then you would say "dog says woof" or "dog is black/white". Touch and feel books are great for this and even a trip in the car and to the grocery store can help with this. Describe the other vehicles you pass by and the fruits and veggies that you pick out in the fruit and vegetable section. Not only is the apple red but the apple is red and round.

Before you child starts articulating they need to understand what words mean. If you're looking for games to play to enhance language then a great game is Simons Says. Mommy likes to say "Simon says get a pamper". This really helps to enhance my two step instruction skill. A toy telephone is also a great toy for your toddler.

Keep talking to your child, the more you talk, the more your child hears, the more it encourages her to start speaking as well. Playdates are also helpful because kids like to interact with others their age and the babbling is a great sign that they are interested in talking.

If your child communicates with babbles and gestures he/she may well be on the right track but if you're overly concerned, speak with your pediatrician and see if you need to get an evaluation. After all no-one knows your baby like you do.
Annmarie John
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  1. A very interesting read. Brilliant!

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    1. sounds like you had quite a day, Madison. You write very well :)

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  2. Most people wouldn't admit that their child has a speech issue. I'm glad that you bought that up and I do agree with you when you say that the sooner you get help the better it will be for your child. There is no such thing as too soon. Thanks for all the tips. My 23 month old wouldn't say anything and my doctor kept telling me that it was normal and every child develops at their own pace. Einstein he said didn't speak until he was 3. I wish I hadn't listened to him and had gotten the help I needed sooner. After all as you said, "no one knows your baby like you do".

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    1. Tiffany in our case because of having a brother who is Autistic and an older brother who also needed speech therapy mommy decided that we needed to start the process earlier than later. Of course no one knows your child like you do but some children are late bloomers but always trust your gut instinct. ♥ Madison

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  3. I don't usually comment on blogs but I found this on FB and just had to comment. I do agree that most people wait a bit too late and its best to do this sooner than later. As a parent you would know/see if something isn't right and no matter what your pediatrician says you should always ask for a second opinion if you think that what he/she is saying isn't right. I've noticed that speech delays seem to be the biggest worry with parents and if you're really concerned please get an evaluation. You did the right thing.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Samuel, I'm sure mommy did the right thing. After all the help I'm getting it is surely paying off. ♥ Madison

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  4. Great to see that you took action and did what you believed to be true for you and your daughter. It shows great strength and character that your daughter will admire and emulate in her life as well. I read a lot to my daughter when I was younger... one thing I found was that I probably should have stopped reading to her earlier that I did so that she could progress in her own reading style. She is now just picking that up as a tween. Thanks for your message you shared. Cheers.

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    1. Thank you Edward. Your words mean a lot to me and mommy. We both love reading together and I love having things pointed out to me. It not only builds my vocabulary but also helps in my recognition of objects. I'm sure your daughter enjoyed it when you read to her and that special bond you now have together means a lot to her. ♥ Madison

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  5. Writing from your daughter's perspective is highly entertaining! I am enjoying reading about your teaching methods and would like to offer up one I used when my girls were small. I had a set of magnetic letters and numbers on my refrigerator. I would be holding one of the girls and she would take one off of the refrigerator. I would then say "This is a blue A. A is for apple and alligator, and (I would list a bunch of words that started with A, or whatever the letter they picked happened to be). This way, they learned colors, the letter, and heard it used in different words. They both began reading very young and are avid readers to this day (they're now 25)! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Hi Sheri, mommy said she was actually contemplating that same strategy of magnetic letters and numbers on the refrigerator. She said she employed it with my older brother and he learned his alphabet before he even started pre-k. I think thats great that they still love to read at their age. I love reading now and I hope I still love reading when I'm older as well. ♥ Madison

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  6. My oldest was a late talker, he was almost 4 before he really said much of anything. Our pediatrician wanted me to put him in speech therapy, I decided against it since I had a horrible experience with it when I was in school (it was the 80's so everything was a little different). When he started school they thought that he needed to be re-evaluated at the end of the year. However, that became completely obsolete since he blossomed in school and is now ahead in reading and math, with no speech problems. I think a lot of it has to do with when they are ready to talk. I spoke late, my husband spoke late and my oldest followed suit. I do think though that as a mother you need to go with your gut and if you think their is a problem you should definitely have it addressed.

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    1. I do agree Ann with trusting your gut on these issues. If you have other kids it a good idea to base your judgment off their milestones as well although I must say that all kids do things differently and in their own time, but getting a extra push doesn't hurt. I'm still pretty young at 16 months and the therapy I'm getting is definitely helping. Kudos to your son for blossoming the way he did. ♥ Madison

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  7. Madison, has mommy had your ears checked? When my 2nd little girl was just 18 months old we knew something was wrong because she could only say, Dada and hi. She didn't even say MaMa. She confused us because we could sit behind her and say her name and she would turn to look at us. A doctor finally found out that she had a lot of fluid behind her eardrums which was making everything sound funny. Once they put tubes in her ears and drained the fluid, she could hear very well and started saying LOTS of things.

    But then there was my dad. He didn't say a word until he was 3 years old. He had older sisters and brother that talked for him. When he did start talking he talked in full sentences...so maybe you are just waiting for the right thing to say.

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    1. Hi Mama, yes mommy had my ears checked because we were concerned about my hearing as well but I checked out ok. Maybe I'm just a late bloomer when it comes to speech. I'm pretty fast when it comes to everything else though. So far we've been doing ok with the therapy but I can't wait until I can really start talking. I'm already a babbler, just can't wait for them to really understand what I'm trying to say. ♥ Madison

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  8. Hi Madison

    I was a late bloomer! My son had hearing problems which filtered through to his delayed speech. Fortunately we had a clinic nurse who was on the ball and identified and followed up on it for us so we could sort it out!

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