Simple activities for helping your child meet their speech and language milestones
As a mother, I wanted my baby to be healthy and meet all of his developmental milestones. As Speech Language Pathologist, I not only wanted him to meet all of his speech and language milestones but meet them early. During my son’s younger years, each time we went to the pediatrician, I would get asked the questions regarding his milestones. There were a few times where my child was not exactly on target. Now, I would have my moment of feeling parent inadequacy when these conversations would take place. But after we would leave the appointment and I would get my usual Chick Fil A milkshake (because yes, we all needed a little reward after going to the doctor’s office especially when it called for shots) I would think logically about what I could do to improve his success with meeting milestones.
The pediatrician was not always aware I was an SLP, therefore when I reported he had not met that milestone, suggestions were provided for activities to try at home. At best, these were basic suggestions; however, they could be overwhelming for a parent. Since I was familiar with what my son needed to do, this did not overwhelm me but made me focus on my task at hand. It did make me wonder how other parents felt. Did they feel this was one more thing to be added to their plate? I have used my professional knowledge, published data, and plain old parenting experience and comprised a list of basic activities. You can incorporate these activities into your daily routine to track your child’s progress. The activities provided are very basic (inexpensive) ways to incorporate an ongoing assessment of your child’s speech and language milestones. Before you read my list, I want to preface this by saying, although I am a professional, these are very general milestones and activities. Please always contact your pediatrician for further assessment options.