Ask a Parent Coach: Disabilities
Q. I am worried that my two- year-old isn’t talking as much as other kids. What should I do?
A. Every child develops at his or her own pace, and speech and language development can vary widely. By the age of two, most children know about 50 words, can identify some objects, and make two-word sentences. You may want to seek an evaluation if your two year old only uses certain sounds or words repeatedly, doesn’t use words to express more than basic needs, cannot follow simple directions, or is very difficult to understand.
Q. Ask a Parent Coach: My child has some special needs, and I want to make sure she gets the best possible care when she starts daycare. What should I look for to make sure that happens?
A. Many child care providers work with children who have disabilities or special needs. Talk to potential child care providers about your child’s needs and ask about how they have worked with children with special needs in the past. Experienced caregivers may have ideas for possible adjustments to toys, equipment and activities to help ensure that all children learn, and to help each child make friends and be part of the group. Remember that your child with special needs is a child with unique strengths and abilities, and that the right daycare will support her — and all children — by being inclusive of all abilities.