by deerhart (3282 Posts), Thu Sep 09, 2004 10:40 am
there are TONS of sites on the web that teach parents how to work with their children' language delays. There are many many different things to do.
One of the things I have seen that has worked the best for my son is child led speech therapy. He intiates the activities and I follow. Also once the words start to flow there are exercises to help build sentences such as
Child starts playing with a car
Parent says "Car" and picks up a car
Child looks at car
Parent rolls car on the ground and says "Car go"
child rolls car
Parent says "Car go vroom"
Eventually the child will start to repeat what you say. A lot of times the SLP's will give the child the language as well. I know my son's SLP and I have told him many a times Alex say "xyz". It actually took him awhile to learn to drop the Alex say part and just say the sentence but it does work.
2 forms we have found helpful in dealing with our son's speech delay has been Greenspan's Floor Time (this is aimed more at children with speech delays and social delays, autism, etc.. but also works well on none delayed children). The other form is Communicating Partners by Dr. James MacDonald (http://www.jamesdmacdonald.org/). There is also a listserv for Dr. MacDonald.
In many speech sites they also discuss other disorders like autism, ADD, etc because speech delays are a fundamental part of the autism diagnosis and a child with only a speech delay can exhibit the same problems an autistic child does (such as delays in social skills, problems with routines/transitions etc..) which can be caused by the lack of communication skills (tantrums from frustration, inability to relate/talk to peers because of lack of language, lack of confidence to talk to peers because they know their langauge is behind etc..)
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