If you've noticed that your toddler is speaking more and more words, but they are still not saying them correctly or at the same speed as other kids their age, it may be time to get them evaluated by a speech therapist. Your child may be experiencing some of the symptoms listed above.
Your toddler is talking more
As your toddler talks more, you may notice that he is using more words and sentences. He'll be able to use longer sentences with more complex ideas. This is a sign that the speech therapy needed at this point may include some teaching of language.
If you're wondering if your toddler needs speech therapy, ask yourself these questions:
Does my child "speak" in complete phrases or sentences? Is he using words like "mama" or "dada"? You should hear him say something like "What are we going to do?" before your child reaches two years old!
Does my child use sophisticated vocabulary? For example, what do they say about their favorite toy (or food) when asked Why do you like that?
Your toddler seems to have a harder time saying words than other toddlers of the same age
If your toddler is not saying words and has a hard time doing so, it could be a sign of speech problems.
If your toddler is not speaking at all and isn't making any attempts to begin a conversation, then it's time to look into it! You should always consider the possibility that your child may have some sort of developmental delay or difficulty in speaking.
Even if they do speak well now, we want to make sure that we're keeping an eye out for signs that their speech needs improvement before things go too far down the road.
Your toddler is having trouble with gross motor skills and balance
Gross motor skills are the physical skills you use to move your body without thinking about it. They include walking, running and climbing. Gross motor skills are important for learning how to play with other children, as well as communicating with them in social situations.
If your toddler is having trouble with gross motor skills and balance, he may need help from someone who specializes in treating developmental disabilities such as autism or cerebral palsy (CP).
Your toddler has an awkward gait, such as not walking on their toes
If your toddler has an awkward gait, such as not walking on their toes, there are a few steps you can take to help them.
Get your toddler used to walking straight ahead and off the ground. Put weight on their toes by holding hands with them or having them stand in front of you so that their feet are touching the ground behind you. Once they've mastered this position, try having them walk backwards for a while until they can do it without falling over (or pulling one of their legs up).
Teach your child how to walk again by holding onto something steady like a tree branch or fence post while standing still; then gently guide them across the room until they're ready for more advanced exercises like running back and forth between chairs or climbing stairs (this will help strengthen muscles).
You are noticing that your toddler is more prone to tantrums or difficult situations in general
You are noticing that your toddler is more prone to tantrums or difficult situations in general.
Tantrums are common. The average toddler has a tantrum every other day, and many toddlers have one every day. On the other hand, some toddlers will only throw a temper tantrum once or twice a week—so it’s important to pay close attention to how often your child is having these outbursts if you want to figure out if they need help getting along better with others.
Difficult situations occur frequently too! Many people think that being around a lot of kids at once causes difficulty for all parties involved (especially parents), but this isn't always true: some children may struggle with acting like an adult when they're around other kids their age but don't find themselves on the receiving end of any harsh treatment from their peers just because they're helping mommy do dishes while daddy reads them stories before bedtime each night!
If your child is showing these symptoms, it may be time for speech therapy.
If your child is showing these symptoms, it may be time for speech therapy. Speech therapy can help a child learn how to communicate with others and improve their language skills. Your child will also receive instruction on reading and writing, which will make it easier for them in later years when they are learning how to express themselves verbally.
A speech therapist will look at what problems your child has in order to determine the best treatment plan for them.
If your child is showing these symptoms, it may be time for speech therapy. The best way to know if you need a speech therapist is to talk to them about your child’s development and how they are doing in school. If you have concerns about their speech, don’t hesitate!
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