Well at 34mths old, both DH & I had hoped for more words & sentences from our eldest little girl but it is mostly babble & gestures she communicates with. Our concerns took us to our health visitor who in turn referred us to speech & language therapy (SALT) along with paediatrics.
Well I was highly naive over what this would entail. We have attended two speech sessions & they feel she has made progress with more attempts at babble & a greater variety in sounds (fantastic I thought) & I have also learned some sign language to try & encourage her to communicate.
Paediatrics is where my naivity really hit home, I thought they would simply assess her behaviour & tell me what to correct/improve to help develop her speech, boy was I in for a surprise. We looked in depth at my pregnancy with her, what happened at her birth & are now on waiting lists for several assessments to determine why her speech might be delayed - hearing tests (ok I had discussed possibilities of glue ear so this I was slightly prepared for), blood tests (checking for chromosome/inherited disorders hadn't ever crossed my mind), group play assessments (watching her interaction/looking for signs of autism) & nursery referrals.
Well to say DH & I have been overwhelmed at the number of visits/appointments we are now having is an understatement, I can feel myself close to tears & visibly see DH stressing out more often of late. Whilst we know at heart it is in our DDs better interests we had never expected such a high level response & I now find myself taking the reins solo on an increasing basis (time to reaquaint myself with the rest of the family). Our calender is getting full with DD1 getting appointments through on near weekly basis at present (Has been extra fun trying to fit in DD2s health review & booster jabs).
I hope everyone else here is ok & that if you're also having to seek help from the NHS you're better prepared than I was.