When it comes to your child's speech and language development, they may not. At The Speech Space, we are lucky to collaborate with some great pediatricians and developmental pediatricians. However, this is not always the case. It's not uncommon for us to hear that someone's pediatrician recommended a "wait and see" approach. Unfortunately this is not always the best approach-- especially if some red flags for speech and/or language issues are present already. For instance if your child is 18 months old and has not yet started talking, this is a major red flag and a "wait and see" approach may not be beneficial for your child. Beginning therapy as early as possible is aways recommended to help more easily build up a child's skills and to close the gap with their same-aged peers.
As a caregiver, you are your child's biggest and best advocate. If your gut is telling you something is not right, you should go with it! We always want our families to feel empowered to know what they can and should do for their child.
If you are having concerns or questions about your child’s speech, language and/or communication development reach out to us at The Speech Space! We offer free screenings, which take approximately 30 minutes, and can help identify potential problems.