What if my child has strange or odd habits or behaviours ?
If you notice your child has odd habits or behaviours such as hand flapping, tiptoe walking or odd expressions, ticks or twitches you need to keep an eye on these behaviours. If they have a way of doing things in order and get upset if you disrupt the order or sequence this too needs to have a closer look. Such issues could be related to Sensory Issues, Autism, ASD, Tourrette’s Syndrome, Anxiety or a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Investigate if behaviours or compulsive habits persist beyond a month
You need to get these investigated if they persist for more than a month. On their own it may mean very little or they may be a way your child has of coping with certain situations, but it is best to check it out in case it may be related to something that can be treated so they can get relief. odd habits and behaviours 087 387 6841
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If other children are around and the child is mostly playing alone in Solitary Play keep an eye to see if you observe other types of play also there are 4 main stages of play that young children go through
Check to see if they play a game that is separate from the others while being near. This is called Parallel Play and is one of the stages of play to look out for in young children characterised by the children feeling that each has their own toys and ideas.
Associative play is when a chils is involved with others in talking borrowing and turn taking
Co-operative play comes later where they are very socially aware and developed in group settings they will be speaking and listening and sharing ideas
Social interaction is a big thing for young children and they are mostly social little creatures. If your child plays on the edges of a room or keeps to the other spaces or doesn’t like being in the company of other children or has issues with noisy play or crowds we may need to have a look at this more closely.
There are many explanations that can include
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
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In a word NO. Speech delay can sometimes be just that. A delay your child will eventually recover and pick up from.
Children have many reasons for speech delay. First or only children can speak later than others as they have no siblings around. Your second child could be speaking much earlier.
Also you must consider that speech is only part of Communication. Communication means they want to connect with you and share their world and thoughts and feelings. Sometimes children show what we would call communicative intent without speech which could come later.
When should I be concerned about speech delay?
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You should consider speech delay a concern when it is accompanied by a lack of communicative intent towards you or others. Consider if they are more or less content to be doing their own thing a bit more than you feel they should. Or they seem to not notice you or what you want. Or resist being directed to reasonable demands on them.
Or are oppositional and show mostly their own agenda behaviour. Any of those behaviours need looking in to even if just to reassure you.
I don’t want my child labelled without good reason
Investigating your concerns doesn’t always mean your child will be labelled. It is just good parenting to cover your bases and make sure that you are picking up on and doing all you can to make sure your child develops to the fullness of their potential. However if it turns out there is a need for treatment or intervention you must put your wants aside and get the help early on or you are doing the child a disservice.
We talk about these concerns every day to parents call us or email we can advise and help you get what you need
Sometimes that is an assessment or sometimes a letter saying we find no reason for assessment which you can give to your child’s school or doctor.