Get In Early!
The Speechies at Say Hooray often hear parents describing the concerns they have about their child and following them up with a sheepish comment along the lines of “I know you aren’t supposed to compare children” or “I don’t want to look like one of those overacting parents” or “people are saying she is just young and will grow out of it”. These comments usually tail off while mum or dad second-guess themselves.
We are here to reassure you. Trust your gut. You’re the parent, you know your child best, and no concern you have is ever “silly” or an “overreaction”. It’s a great sign that you are aware of your child’s communication abilities and, if a difficulty does indeed exist, this is a positive in terms of your child’s therapy and how you will support them. A simple consult with one of our friendly Speech Pathologists will give you the chance to ask all the questions that have been gnawing away at the back of your mind and get the expertise you are looking for. If it turns out that your child doesn’t need support at this stage, no harm done! You will walk away reassured and informed about your child’s development. And if there is a little something that needs to be addressed, here are 3 big reasons why early intervention is so important:
1. Research has shown time and time again that intervention at an early age yields the best outcomes. Children’s brains are an incredible tangle of neurons ripe for new learning (ah don’t we wish they’d stay that way!). Picking up new skills and practicing the ones that are difficult are easiest when the brain is at this stage of development.
2. Early intervention can minimize issues further down the track. Books and literacy are a great example. Getting in early with books (see our blog 5 Reasons Why You Should Start Books Early) has been shown to hugely support children’s literacy many years down the track. Leaving intervention until late can mean that additional difficulties add up and your child may fall further behind.
3. Early intervention usually means before kindy and school. Addressing any difficulties children have at this age sets them up for success for when they enter this exciting and (often overwhelming!) new stage in their life when they are introduced to the world of academics and interact with many more new people. Having the communication and social skills they need to participate meaningfully and positively in these environments will give them confidence in themselves. Confidence and strong self-esteem is so important in our littlies and has a massive impact on a number of things; expressing their needs and wants, behaviour, making friends, engaging in class, etc.
We know you only want the best for your child. Making that phone call, asking those questions, this only proves it. We are here to support you, whatever the concern.