I get a lot of enquiries from parents of 2 and 3 year olds, whose have concerns about their child's speech clarity, the amount of words they can use, or their play and social skills. Sometimes it's all of these areas. Sometimes these parents have sought help and have been advised to 'wait and see' what happens with their child's language skills. Or sometimes they are put on the waiting list for therapy assessment and support.
Parents are often asking if they are worrying over nothing, and if the skills they are concerned about will develop on their own. The honest answer is: there's no way to know for sure.
I am passionate about early intervention, and often give advice to parents about ways to promote a great language environment at home and in nursery. I also often advise parents to keep a diary and note down any concerns they have and language their child uses. This can prove very valuable if the child goes on to need Speech and Language Therapy input.
More than anything I always encourage parents to trust their judgement....if they feel something 'isn't right' or isn't progressing as they would like then it is always a good idea to seek advice and support.
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