I’ve had a lot of people ask me how Will’s speech therapy has been going. Honestly, it’s amazing. Granted, he’s not up to the 250 words he should have right now, but we’ve went from 15 to around 50 in less than six months. That being said, it really ticks me off when I read articles like this one who blame the parents for their kids not talking.
The person who wrote this article did not do their homework at all. Want to know why? First, per my speech therapist, a lot of this is genetic. One of the first questions she asked me after our first session was if there was speech issues in our families (my sister had speech therapy for alliteration issues when she was in elementary school. Plus, we found out that several cousin’s kids have been in speech therapy too). Second, I told my pediatrician at Will’s 18 month appt that I thought he was behind. They dismissed my concerns and six months later we entered speech therapy, because he started losing words. Why didn’t they refer us at 18 month or earlier when I expressed my concerns? The answer I was told was because he was a boy and walked early (at 9 months) that he would talk late. When doctors dismiss mother’s concerns based on the fact that the kid is a boy, I can see how the study see this big problem with boys. Next, they comment that too many people put their kids in front of the TV. Guess what? Part of Will’s therapy is to watch Diego and Dora. Has it helped? Yes! He actually talks to Diego and Dora.
I get that in some cases that parents are too busy to talk to their children, but to claim that in the majority of the cases, I disagree. I’ve taken statistics — you can make any study pretty much say whatever you want. The article quotes anecdotal evidence. That means we are going to make it say what we want. Plus, if you blame the parents, then they don’t have to cover the help these kids need.
I’d love to know your thoughts. Since I have a kid who never shuts and one in speech therapy, I am a little biased in my thoughts on this topic. What did you think of the article? Do you agree? Disagree?