Your child is over three years old and still speaks incomprehensibly. They say just a few words and usually express their needs with gestures or tears. They say “bood” rather than “food.” You look at them and feel worried, thinking, “Why can’t they talk yet?” and “What do I do?”
They Don’t Speak… But They Communicate
So your child doesn’t speak clearly. Although this worries you, you also notice that they can still communicate.
- They make noises to express their sadness, joy, and desire to get something.
- They interact with other children and play with them. If you observe them, you’ll notice that they’re replacing words with gestures.
Why Aren’t They Speaking?
- The first thing you need to know is that your child’s capabilities do not all develop at the same time. They walked at the appropriate time, but they may still be late to speak.
- Remember that their place in the family affects their verbal ability. If they are the little brother and their siblings are constantly explaining what they say, they won’t feel they need to make the effort to speak clearly.
- You have to guide your child, but don’t overdo it. Acquiescing to all of their requests will make them think that life is easy and that there’s no need to tire themselves out, even while speaking.
How Can You Help Them?
- It’s a meticulous task. If they ask you for something incomprehensibly, repeat their request in the form of a question and with clear words. For example, say, “You want to eat an apple?”
- Don’t lose your patience if they insist on saying words wrong. Teach them the correct versions. Your stress will negatively affect their learning ability.
- Why not have a conversation with them? For example, you could ask them about their day: “What did you do at day care?”
- The important thing is to consult a specialist who will reassure you, which will positively affect your child, who can feel your worry.
When Should You Worry?
- If they’re not interacting with their environment. This could be caused by a problem with their hearing.
- If they keep silent, and if you notice that they lack concentration. In this case, you need a psychotherapist.
- If they get angry when you don’t understand what they’re saying. Their delay in speaking may be linked to a speech problem.