I guess that title should be “Why we Quit Speech Therapy, but I’m Still Glad we Went”. Late last year I mentioned we enrolled Nick into speech therapy. This year we decided to cancel his appointments and give it a bit of a rest.
Our main reason for looking into his speech delay, was because we were worried that something was wrong (possibly with his hearing). We were well aware, that if he did have any issues, that the earlier they were identified, the easier it would be for him to overcome his obstacles. After discovering his hearing was fine, we were recommended to go to Speech Therapy. We aren’t trained in Language Development, so it seemed like a good idea. And it has been really helpful.
The first appointment was the therapist observing our little man and then she explained the language development process to us and which step our little man was at. Then we got helpful suggestions on what we can do to help him along.
The second appointment was pretty much the same thing (we did lots of sound activities), and I got the development process explained to me again. Although it was a bit repetitive, it was good to be able to ask questions after having a fortnight to try her suggestions at home.
At this point though, fortnightly sessions seems really frequent. The therapist can’t do much more than she already has right now, and it’s up to us to put her suggestions into practice. Our little guy isn’t going to develop so fast that we need fortnightly check ups.
Now that we know our little man doesn’t have any disabilities,we are happy to let him develop at the rate in which he develops. Still, I will always be grateful that we went to speech therapy, it helped put us on the right track. And our little man’s development and confidence has grown in leaps and bounds since we started.
Have you or your kids ever been in a program where it seemed like it was a bit too much/full on?