When a young child is adopted internationally, her language will undergo a transition. For a period of time, she will struggle to communicate effectively in her new language. This is expected. However, during this period of time, there are clues in other areas of development that can provide insight into her potential for language development. Even when a child is making a transition in language, we can still take a peek at her use of eye contact, play, and gestures. Children who are adopted internationally may struggle to use verbal words at first, but their use of eye contact, play, and gestures should not be affected by the switch in languages. And because these areas of development are closely related to language development, they can help us decide if a child is at risk for a language delay. If you, as a parent, have recently adopted a child internationally, you can check out these posts to find out what your child should be doing with play and gesture use. Find your child's age, click on the post, and read the sections about gesture use and play.I sure could have used this! When Zoe was 18 months old and had been home 9 months I was soooo worried about her language development. She didn't really babble, she didn't try out words. I had her evaluated, and they pegged her at 17 months in speech development! All that worry for nothing. Sure enough, she was one of those kids who didn't really talk until she could speak in full grammatically correct paragraphs!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
IA & Language Development
Helpful post from a pediatric speech-language therapist and adoptive mom, giving guidelines for when it's time to seek professional speech/language help for an internationally adopted child: