You’re expecting to hear your tot’s first word any day now, but when it doesn’t happen, and he’s struggling to communicate with you, should you be worried?
Waiting for your little one’s first word as other children chatter away can be gut-wrenching. Your doctor and health visitor tell you there’s no need to worry, while well-meaning friends try to reassure you with terrifying tales of little ones who couldn’t form proper sentences until they were teenagers. “Jack didn’t babble much as baby. I spoke to our health visitor about it several times and was told not to worry, but as time has gone on we’re now waiting to start speech therapy,” says Laura Head, 21, from Bury St Edmunds, mum to Jack, 2, and Lola, 9 months. “Jack’s biggest problem is that his understanding is a thousand times better than his speech, which makes it very frustrating as I can give him any instruction and he follows it, but he can’t ask me for what he needs.”
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