Leah’s Speech – 23 Months Old
Back in September I was so so excited to share that Leah seemed to finally making progress with her speech as I recorded her saying “cheese”, something that she’d never said other than “Yes & No”.
Then in November I reported that this appeared to be a complete and utter fluke as she’d never said “cheese” again and even to this day she’s never said another word other than her usual. I regularly sit with her to coax words out of her (animals/household items), count with her or even try to get her to say Mummy or Daddy. All my attempts have failed miserably and usually resulted in a rather upset child, either from annoyance or from upset from not being able to say what she wants.
So today I took Leah to see the Health Visitors for an assessment. The HV was lovely, she sat with Leah for a while, asked her questions and tried to coax other words from her but to no avail. We then sat with a listening, understand and speech chart of where I was to answer and inform of what Leah could do. For her listening and understanding Leah is absolutely bang on target, if not a little head her age range for this. Leah can follow simple commands, knows all her body parts and points them all out. But for her speech we were unable to pass the 10m> mark as Leah’s never even babbled in an attempt of speech or recognition as babies tend to do.
Also at about 18m> children tend to also have a vocabulary of about 20 or so words, of which Leah has 2 words.
As a result the Health Visitor saw fit to have her referred to a Speech Therapist to look into her problems more in depth and offer guidance to help her progress with her speech.
Although Leah doesn’t speak she does have ways of sharing her wants and needs. Mainly by screeching or consistently saying “ah!!” but its about time I had some proper words from her.
I’m so glad someone finally listened to me, and actually went through a progress chart to discover and agree with me there is an issue.
Whether the issue is just down to sheer laziness or there is an underlying issue only time will tell……
**This is a personal post.