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  2. Hello Rania, thank you so much for contacting us. Certainly your first step would be to see your GP for referral to a Community Paediatrician, who would be able to complete an assessment for autism and look at your son's wider skills. Speech and Language Therapists can work with your child with or without a diagnosis. The Therapy would be tailored to your child's strengths and needs and is not 'one size fits all,' but would likely begin by developing his good understanding and working on ways for him to communicate, for example by starting with offering him two choices from objects, like yoghurt or banana. We also work with parents to identify individual strategies to support his communication. It sounds like he is using some lovely non-verbal communication already, such as smiling, eye contact and shouting. It is very common for potty training to be challenging in children with delays or possible autism spectrum disorders. There are different reasons why this might be, but your Health Visitor would be your first port of call for this. They should be able to do some home visits. If he's not quite ready, they might suggest waiting, but using some visuals such as a picture of a toilet/potty and taking him on a set schedule. Nicola Read, Speech & Language Therapist, The Owl Centre
  3. I have a son who will be 3 next month,at the moment the diagnosis we have is sociocommunication difficulties and we are looking further if he is autistic as it runs ib the family. At the momwnt he is not talking words only make and somwtimes copy sounds. His understanding is very good,he follows simpy instructions i give him etc How can i help him <unblock> his talking i know its there cz when we talk to him he understand us he is looking to us in the eyes and reacts with smile or jumping up and down or cry and shout depends what he is feeling . How do u help ur non verbal child to express his feeling and needs? Also potry training is a difficult one if you could give us some advice. Thank you in advance and my apologies for the wrong post. Rania
  4. Yes. I would go to the Health Visitor and ask for a referral to the Speech and Language therapy department and then follow the advice from the BSA (British Stammering Association) in the meantime. I hope that makes sense. Take care, Nicola x
  5. Thank you, Nicola. As mentioned my child is 2.5 years old. You mentioned that a red flag is if the stammer starts after the age of 3.5 years. Does this mean I shouldn't be too worried? It sounds as if I should speak to a health visitor. Patricia
  6. Hello, It's good to hear from you. The general advice is to go to the Health Visitor to request an assessment by a speech and language therapist as soon as possible, and while you are waiting for the assessment, follow the advice set out by the British Stammering Association: WHEN TALKING WITH YOUR CHILD How you and others respond is important and will shape your child’s perception of themselves. Be measured in your response - try not to show you’re worried even if that’s how you’re feeling. Remain calm and relaxed and try to: slow down your own rate of speech, but don't tell your child to slow down or take a deep breath have one-on-one time (just five minutes every day) with your child, where they aren’t competing for attention with tasks or other family members ask one question at a time and give them plenty of time to answer use short, simple sentences. WHEN LISTENING TO YOUR CHILD Resist the very strong temptation to show anxiety, impatience or to correct or fill in their speech. Try instead to: keep natural eye-contact listen to what your child is saying, not how they say it pause before answering questions make sure everyone in the conversation gets a turn to speak acknowledge speech difficulties with reassurance and encouragement, if that feels right for you and your child. You might say something like, "Learning to talk is quite a hard thing to do - lots of people get stuck on their words and that’s OK. You’re doing really well." Stammers can be just a temporary phase or they can carry-on longer. Some of the red flags to look out for are: - if the stammer has been present for longer than two or three months - if there's a family history of stammering - is there are other speech sound difficulties - if the stammer has started after the age of 3.5 years. We're here if you need us and I hope things improve quickly. Nicola Speech and Language Therapist (The Owl Centre)
  7. Hello, my little one who is nearly 2.5 years old has started stammering. Is it just a phase or should I try to get some help? Thank you.
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