Every parent looks forward to the time when his or her baby says his first words. Then strings of words. Then whole sentences. But what happens when the words don’t come? What happens when recognizable toddler-sized verbal expressions allude them? Often parental worry sets in as the child’s second birthday approaches. “What’s WRONG with my child?” they think.
At that time, we often see parents begin to self-diagnose their child after spending time on the internet. And although much research is available online, some of it is interspersed with factual inaccuracies. Parenting.com has published a simple, brief overview of what you can expect in speech development. It is a good benchmark with which to assess the progress of your toddler.
If you have already become familiar with delayed speech issues and are on the verge of fear, before you panic or declare that your child has a certain disease or malady, consider the following.
Some children with extremely high mathematical aptitudes often have delayed speech. Many second born children experience speech delays because an older sibling does all the talking for them. Some children are deficient in some enzyme or cannot effectively metabolize a certain nutrient. The list is as diverse as the population.
In spite of all this variation, however, there seems to be one constant suspect. Toxicity. For many reasons, some children are especially sensitive to some nutritional or environmental components. So, before declaring any diagnosis or lack thereof, it is important to give your child’s immune system assistance through an easy detox program.
Simply stated, allergies to dairy and wheat can produce antibodies that hinder development, such as speech. Add to that the food coloring and chemicals in a child’s diet, and soon his immune system is overwhelmed. What happens next includes a host of behavioral red flags and diagnostic markers for a plethora of childhood afflictions. And before you know it, right or wrong, your child has been officially “labeled.”
First things first: First, for a month, experiment with his diet and environmental exposures noting any changes in his speech or behavior. If you have already planned to schedule a diagnostic intervention, put your child on a strict dairy-free, wheat-free, all natural diet at least four weeks before your appointment. No food dyes. No chemicals. No MSG. If that sounds overwhelming, read some success stories here: http://www.feingold.org/
We have followed the Feingold Program professionally for 40 years and can attest to the precepts upon which the regimen is based. Spend time reading some of their referenced research. You do not have to buy their materials. Simply study the principles discussed throughout the website.
We are not guaranteeing dramatic changes in your child’s speech or behavior. But we are recommending that this easy and healthy first step will end some of the confusing red flags that may hinder a correct analysis of your child’s awesome development.
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