Taking a "wait and see" approach is not helpful for your child because each month you wait, the farther behind your child may become.
So what can you do?
Trust your mom-instincts.
Your pediatrician has a medical degree, BUT he or she does not have a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders. Pediatricians do not have adequate training in communication delays to diagnose communication delays or disorders.
That is why your pediatrician refers you to a certified, licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, like me.
BUT, some pediatricians tell parents to "wait and see."
You know your child best.
It breaks my heart when kids don't get the help they need early on.
Your (usually) sweet and silly child has started screaming to get what he wants + he is busting your ear drums.
He doesn't understand the word "No."
You just want someone to SHOW you how to help your child talk.
Simple things you can actually do at home. No fluff. Parents don't have time for fluff. Just give us the action steps, pleeeease!
No special prep or materials needed.
Watch lessons on your smartphone, iPad, or computer at your convenience.
Lifetime access to the class. Go at your own pace. And rewatch them whenever you need.
As soon as you enroll, you will receive an email address with your log-in link and you will have access to the whole class. You'll print out your 7 Building Blocks Printables, and press play on the first video lesson.
As you go about your daily routine, try out your new skills the very same day with your toddler. Work your way down the printable lists and follow the instructions step-by-step.
“My son wasn't saying any words consistently before I enrolled in Adrienne’s online class.
I felt like I had failed him.
I thought that if I had tried harder to help him we'd be further along.
I just genuinely felt like a failure.
I had no idea how to help him.
I figured just repeat repeat repeat. Saying ball, ball, ball. I thought he'd eventually make the connection.
I learned that learning to speak isn't as easy as just, "this is a ball."
Speaking starts way before the word comes.
I enrolled in Adrienne’s online class because I needed to be able to have clear direction on what I could do to help my son.
He's in the CHMS program at school but there's a huge disconnect. Therapists are so busy helping everyone's child that they don't always have time to discuss what they're working on with my child and what I could do to help.
So I felt like I needed a game plan. Adrienne’s class was well thought-out and easy to follow.
She has so many ideas and shows you how, with one little thing, you can make it into so much more. Even zipping up a coat becomes a learning opportunity!
After taking the class I felt reassured.
The techniques shown helped me realize that my son knew more than I thought he did.
He has started to try out words. He easily mimics me now, whereas before I couldn't get him to do it at all.
It's great information for every parent. I have Googled so much trying to help my son learn to speak. I never found anything that compares to how Adrienne had everything laid out in her online class.
Now, I see opportunities everywhere. Not just at home.
Everywhere we go, we're learning.
At the store and we see a baby crying, "where's the baby? There it is! Oh that baby is sad. Can you show me what sad looks like? There's a dinosaur, what sound does a dinosaur make? Rawr!"
I recently took my son to the ENT doctor. We were waiting for quite some time and there was nothing kid-friendly in the waiting room. Immediately my mind started thinking, "what would Adrienne do?"
So we went through every brochure on the wall, looking and pointing a dogs, clouds, butterflies.... everything! I even read him a brochure in my most animated, voice about protective ear pieces that you can have custom made for hunting or any loud activity.
I never would have thought of that before.
After taking Adrienne's class, I feel empowered! I feel like I can actually do something to help.
Instead of feeling like I failed him and that his progress is only because of his therapists, I feel confident that I am doing my part.”
~Sandra, Mom of an almost 3 year old