Additional Help for Toddler Language Delay is on the Way!

I suspect that Norton’s toddler language delay is one of the most common things that I blog about.  After all, a toddler language delay is full of so many frustrations and triumphs that it’s something that I do focus on.  But now it looks like we’ll be getting some extra help with our toddler communication issues.

A few months ago, K, Norton’s speech pathologist, added Norton to a wait list for a toddler playgroup.  This playgroup is awesome because it’s designed for kids who are lagging in the toddler talking department.  Here’s the thing, though: it’s strictly for late talkers.  Children with underlying issues that are contributing to the toddler language delay (autistic spectrum, other disorders, what have you) are not within the scope of this playgroup.  (There are other resources offered for children with underlying issues, though, so it’s not like they are forgotten.)

K wasn’t sure if we were high enough on the list to get in, but she was hoping.  I kind of forgot about the possibility because it starts in a few weeks and I’ve had a lot going on.  But yesterday, I got the call.  Norton is in if we’re still interested.

Since Norton isn’t exactly reciting Mercutio’s Soliloquy, we’re still most definitely interested.  She gave me the low down:

It’s a 15 week group with one session a week.  It’s an hour and a half per session, and it’ll focus on things to help overcome the toddler language delay: working on following directions, using and understanding spoken language, and pretend play.  How awesome is that?  And this is one of those instances where I really, really love the Canadian health care system (or at least British Columbia’s MSP): for those 15 sessions, it’ll cost me $160… and that’s because it’s being held at a non-profit group’s facility.  The cost is for expenses associated with space and staffing.  Because they don’t want the cost to be prohibitive, they offer payment plans and subsidies to lower income families.  No child should be barred from receiving help because of their parents’ bank balances.

Of course, there’s one thing that I balked at: the pathologist said that it was a drop off thing.  Hang on, what?  Leave my kid for an hour and a half?  I’ve never left Norton anywhere except at the gym a few times… where I was 60 feet away, or with my in-laws or my husband.  The pathologist was quick to tell me that I could hang out, of course, if I thought Norton would have problems.

Ha.  I don’t think that Norton will have problems.  I think I would be the one to have problems.  So, we’ll see if I actually leave or if I spend time as a quiet observer or parent volunteer.  Still, I’m looking forward to this opportunity for my boy.  Hopefully this will help get Norton on track with toddler talking.

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. I worked with kids with Autism for years, so I’m familiar with a lot of different play/speech group setups. I’ve never heard of one that is JUST for typically developing delayed speakers though! I think that’s wonderful! And I bet he’ll have a blast 🙂

  2. I have couple of friends that has kids with the same thing, and I see it does get frustrating.. Good Luck to you and your kid hope all works out Blesses

  3. I’m starting a playgroup with my 25 month late talker – 6 week’s messy play structure and then a 6 week more prescriptive course tackling a different topic each week. I get excited about each and every new opportunity, hoping it will be the breakthrough we need. It’s all free here in the UK on the NHS but I would pay for absolutely anything if I thought it would help. We have a private speech therapist but I felt it didn’t help. She just sort of told me how to play with my son but I already knew everything she told me from all my reading – I’m quite obsessive about it all.

    At this stage, we have no diagnosis – the pediatrician leaves it open minded until at least a year of monitoring. He has a few quirks but nothing that isn’t just a hint on the autism scale. Who knows!?! It’s an anxious time. Good luck with your playgroup.
    Sam x

    • *nods* The only reason that mine isn’t free (in Canada) is because it’s not the Northern Health Authority (our regional medical whatever that takes care of all the administrative stuff) that’s doing the workshop, but a non-profit group. But like you, I’d pay anything to make a difference. Hopefully your playgroup is helpful!

  4. It sounds like it would be very benifical for your little one to go to this. I hope it works for him!

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