Speech and Developmental Delays in 4 Year Olds
Are you concerned that your 4 year old has a speech and/or developmental disorder. Here are some key factors that may help you decide whether or not your child really is experiencing speech and developmental disorders.
Signs of speech and developmental delays
Your child may be experiencing speech and developmental delays if
- He cannot follow two directions at the same time
- Cannot tell his first name and last name
- Cannot understand picture directions
- Cannot tell stories about what he did during the day
- Does not ask you to do things for him
- Cannot speak sentences of at least 3 – 4 words long
- If you cannot understand what your child is saying
- If your child is not asking you questions
- Cannot distinguish between some shapes and sizes
- Is not able recall atleast some events after listening to a story
What you should do if your child is experiencing speech and developmental delays
Early intervention is the key in countering speech and developmental delays and disorders. Here is what you can do at home.
- Spend a lot of time communicating with your child. Talk, sing, make gestures and encourage him to make sounds.
- Read stories to your child. Start with simple ones. It is even better if you read from a picture book while showing the pictures to your child. Act out some simple actions in the story and encourage your child to imitate them.
- Help your child relate to some of the characters in the stories. Use silly voices and sound effects for each character.
- Do not use ‘baby talk’ while talking to your child. Talk normally, but talk clearly and slowly.
- Do not hesitate to seek professional help. Speech and occupational therapy may prove invaluable for your child..
- Do not be hard on yourself. You need to stay calm in order to be able to help your child.