my 2.5 year old has a slight speech delay. i am just wondering is i should get him into speech therapy, or if i could do it myself at home.
he says mostly one word at a time. so for instance instead of saying "i want milk" he just says "milk" and we always try to get him to repeat all the different parts of the sentences before giving him what it is he is asking for. we keep sentences pretty simple for him. slowly but surely he is moving on from one words and short phrases to short sentences. we make sure to sound out words. i also will take an object and shake it slightly back and forth in my hand as i say what it is because it is supposed to help them retain better. we go through color books repeating colors, touch different body parts learning what they are (he now know eyes, ears, mouth, nose, head toes, gingers, foot ect) and we try to make sure we are reading to him and talking very directly at him on a daily basis.
he has made great strides in the past few months. he wasnt talking at all by age two. he is almost 2.5 years old so while his speech is still delayed for his age, it considerably better than it was. my sister is a teacher and she says that one of the issues is that he is SO independent that he doesnt really have to ask for a lot of stuff because he just does it himself. which is great in some aspects, but its probably one of the reasons why he is not talking as much as he should be.
according to his ped he is still behind. she left it up to us if we want to pursue speech therapy of not since he is right on the edge. when i am around another child his age it amazing me how much further behind my child is in comparison.
so does anyone have any experience with this or advise?