Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mignonne Olivier | 2010/08/03


Speech and hearing / Sensory problems

My daughter is 21 months old. Doesn''t speak much but shows interest in speaking and always babbles in her own language. My boyfriend is afrikaans and I''m english. I''ve been told to get her ears tested... should I rather do certain activities to help her speak and take it from there?
I''ve also enrolled her in top tots which focuses on occupational therapy practices... she does all the activities just fine at home but refuses to do them in class and the instructor told me she could have a sensory problem.
She will sit and bounce on a ball at home but not in class etc.

What can you suggest I try to do to improve this without becoming paranoid and talking her to a bunch of specialists?

Expert's Reply



Your little girl is a bit slow with her speech which is very common,but for the rest she seems perfectly normal especially while at home. She may be bit shy at the Top Tots but there is no doubt that she can do all the exercises when she is relaxed at home with you. She certainly does not appear to have any sensory problems.She may be a bit confused with the two languages at home so it would help if she learned to speak one language at first.It would be a good idea to test her hearing just to be sure that it is OK. She does not need to see any more specialists.

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