On Child Development: When To Ask For Help
When my son was 2 years old, I noticed something odd about him. They said that you should not compare your child with other kids but I’m glad I did because I noticed that he is not yet communicating compared to them. Whenever I called him it will take a few tries before I got his attention and looks at me.
I did not worry that he’s deaf because he can say a few words, recites the alphabet, counts 1-10, and even read CVC at an early age.
Still, my guts tells me that there’s something wrong. People around me said not to worry much because he’s a boy and that boys talk later than girls. And that he just got it from his dad who’s shy and timid.
I want to make sure my son is okay so even though going to a Developmental Pediatrician will cost me a lot (ilang diapers at gatas na din yun), I did not hesitate to consult one, and boy I’m glad I did.
He was diagnosed early and because of that, we had an early intervention with various therapists afterwards. I can tell that it’s one of the best decisions that I did. I don’t know what will happen to him if we were not able to send him to therapists early on.
This experience of mine is the reason why I always advice co-parents to ask for professional help if you think that there’s something wrong with your child’s development. As I have mentioned, it’s better to be sure that there’s nothing to worry about rather than doing nothing and regret later because you missed the opportunity of doing early intervention.
As a parent, you need to be aware of your child’s development milestones. If you find some red flags, do some research and ask professional help.
I totally agree with this post by Mrs Speechie P
If you are looking for a Developmental Pediatricians here in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, here’s a list I made before – LIST OF DEVELOPMENTAL PEDIATRICIANS
PLUS, here’s an article if you want to know what does the DevPed do during the session and how much they usually cost per visit – WHAT ARE THE THINGS TO EXPECT DURING A VISIT TO A DEVELOPMENTAL PEDIATRICIAN