Today I read a lot of articles on how to enhance communication with a toddler. My son will turn two years old within two months and he still did not start taking yet. I am aware that all children are unique and they reach the milestones at different times. Though that does not make me worry less.
I do my best to encourage him talking but all I hear from him is “Baa! Baa!”. At first when he started to coo and make sounds, I was excited about it. Now I must confess that this “Baa” gets me worried. My deepest fear is autism. Though by looking at other behavioral milestones, he can’t be an autistic kid.
I did not allow him to have any screen time until the age of one years old. After that I was letting him have fifteen minutes of cartoons in the morning and fifteen minutes in the afternoon, after his nap. Other kids his age were watching cartoons from a younger age and for a longer period of time. I never let that happen. Why? Because I feared he might get an attention deficit due to the overstimulation of the brain.
On my way to meet mygroup fitness training Mississauga, while I was driving, all I could think of were how to implement some of the ways to enhance communication with my little peanut. I would love to hear him talking, putting words together and making a sentence.
My sister told me that I am worried for no reason. She is convinced that he will start talking soon and when that will happen, he will not only talk but he will talk directly in sentences. I hope she is right. I know he understands what I am saying. I tested him to see if he knows certain words. I was surprised to see that he actually understood more than I had thought.
I was tempted to take him to a speech specialist or his pediatrician this month and have him checked. When I talked with his kindergarten teacher she mentioned that he was not the only boy in her classroom who was not talking. She added that she had seen cases when kids took longer to start talking. She also shared my sister’s opinion that my son was normal and I should not freak out. She suggested me to talk more with him, be more descriptive and narrate my day. By showing him my actions and narrating what I am doing, he will be able to make the connection between words and actions.