S.M. asks from Grafton, MA on September 06, 2007
Early Intervention for Language Development
Hello, my 15mo old isn't saying much. Her pediatrician recommended Early Intervention to do an language assessment. Have any of you had this done? I'm wondering if you have any experience/feedback/suggestions/comments. I'm not overly concerned for her, as she understands words and will point at objects if I say "where is...". Thank you!
So What Happened?™
Hi Everyone, Thank you very much for your responses/advice/concern. 3 people from EI came earlier this week and did an evaluation/assessment on my daughter. They figure she has a 2 month delay in speech, and needed a 4 month delay to be eligible for services, so they said to see how it goes and if at 18mo, if she hasn't made much progress, then to have her evaluated again. I thought EI was very professional and they seemed to really care about my daughters progress. Thanks again!
J.R. answers from Boston on October 02, 2007
I actually had early intervention for my son... I thought that
instead for helping him they were parenting me....I thought they were digging into my personal life...My son is now i kindergarten and doing fine
K.N. answers from Boston on September 07, 2007
YES - I can't recommend EI enough. My son was 22 months and not saying much at all. Maybe 5-10 words. If that. I had him evaluated, and he was 8 months delayed. We had a Speech Therapist start coming to the house once a week, and now at 28 months, he's caught up and no longer delayed. Please don't hesitate to call, it's the best help you can get, if you're eligible. We even participate in a playgroup once a week with other speech delayed kids, it's been a great experience for my son.
Please feel free to contact me if you have other questions!
-K. in Natick
S.M. answers from Boston on September 07, 2007
It never hurts to check in with early intervention. That way if there is a problem later you will have your foot in the door already. One of my sons went through early intervention but we didn't start until he was 2 1/2 they told me ideally they would have liked us to contact them around 18 mos. Don't let it stress you out that your 15 mo old isn't saying much yet. They all progress at different rates. Talk to her as much as possible and eventually she will start to talk back. I have four kids and they all started talk ing at different times.
L.C. answers from Boston on September 07, 2007
I'm a speech-language pathologist and I did an internship in Early intervention in grad school. Early Intervention is also part of my job now. There's no harm in getting some help now versus waiting it out. They'll likely do an evaluation and then depending on what they find either offer some suggestions or set her up with a developmental specialist or speech-language pathologist who will work with you most likely for one hour per week. Don't stress about it. EI is a service that you are entitled to. It doesn't hurt to use it.
E.G. answers from Boston on September 09, 2007
Hello, I have a 2 years old little girl that had the same problem. And it was because she was learning more then one language at once. She is now 2 and talking alot.
A.E. answers from Boston on September 07, 2007
Absolutely I would recommend that. My daughter was born with cleft lip and palate and has had other issues develop since then. She started with Early Intervention at 3 months. She will turn 3 in December. They have done wonders with her and without them coming to our home every week, I don't know if my daughter would have overcome some of her issues. Not only have they helped our daughter, but they have been a great sense of strength and support to my family. They in a sense become "family". I go through Critereon for the Enrichment of Children out of Woburn.. They not only offer therapy, but they have playgroups and so much more to offer. Please, I highly recommend that if if was suggested by your pediatrician, definately look into it. They help with getting your child into a special education class if need be. We are currently getting ready to transition my daughter to pre-school when she turns 3. My daughter does not have any serious health or developmental issues but she does receive speech therapy, physical therapy and overall developmental therapy. Good luck and this is definately something that would be beneficial to your child. A.
W.D. answers from Boston on September 07, 2007
my advice!Do it! I called when my son was 2 because he said about 3 words and not very clearly.. they gave him speech therapy, put him in several play groups for free.. they gave him a basis for his language and when he turned 3 (that's when they age out of the program) he qualified for FREE preschool(and free summer school) because he has an IEP (Individual Education Plan).. he's doing fabulous now! If she's understanding, then her receptive language skills are fine, but she is not speaking, then get her help.. it may be something simple.. or something not so simple, but it's a free service and you can stop at any time if you aren't happy.. well worth the phone call and evaluations. good luck..
M.T. answers from Lewiston on September 06, 2007
I went through that with my oldest son who is now 16.The best thing about the assessment is they will find out if the chances of speech theropy is worth it.My son went through speech theropy and does very good at communicating more now a days.He didn't start talking until he was two but it was well worth the wait of him doing so.Now him and I can talk and understand each other more.I think you should take the assessment as a path to words and knowlede.
K.M. answers from Providence on September 08, 2007
my son didn't start talking until he was 20 mos. he's doing beautifully now at 26 mos. The spectrum of normal lang. development is very broad, if your daughter still has only a few at 24 mos. then you begin to seek out answers... i did have my son's hearing checked at about 18 mos. because that type of loss does run in my family, but that checked out so then i just had to wait. its hard, but give her time to develop at her own pace, and don't let the doc scare you...
T.M. answers from Boston on September 07, 2007
ABSOLUTLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!Have her assessed!!!! My son was 2 and had 0 words and I had him assessed only to find out he is PDD which is a mild form of Autism. Not to say she is autistic but best to have her evaluated so that she gets the help she needs to communicate. It was very hard to communicate with my son and he did not talk until he was 3 1/2. Please go ahead and do it!!In the long run you don't want to find out when she gets to school that there is a problem. Best to find out now. Early detection!!!!!! Hope this helped!!!