My nearly-three-year-old doesn't seem to be -quite- where she ought to be,
speech-wise. Though she knows and understands dozens of words, she cannot
pronounce any consonants except bilabials (b, p, m) and a couple of dentals (d,
n).She babbles to me, her books, and her toys constantly, but
it's still a struggle to interpret what she's saying.She
has an older sister who frequently speaks for her, and my two-year-old is very
much a tomboy, so I wonder if maybe she's just a late bloomer. On the other
hand, three of my husband's siblings and two of mine required speech
therapy, and three close relations (two siblings and nephew) have
Asperger's Syndrome (now labeled as higher-functioning autism).Just to err on the side of caution, I think I'll have a pediatric
audiologist/speech pathologist see my daughter, just to rule out any medical
problems. Hopefully my daughter will hit her stride and things will be fine--the
easiest and least expensive route--but we'll do whatever needs to be done.
I think if parents, especially mothers, have concerns with this with their
child, they should do something about it. Mother's intuition or percsption
on such things are usually correct and doctors and professionals would do well
to listen carefully to the parent's concerns. Parents with purpose is a
good thing to look up on the internet.
It's amazing how wide the range of development is. Our daughter was
speaking in complete sentences by the time she was 18 months. One of our sons,
on the other hand, spoke fewer than a dozen words at age 3, although he
understood everything. But he taught himself to read well before kindergarten.
Now, both of them now are successful young adults.