My daughter is 2.5 years old and has a significant expressive language delay. She has probably about 10 words she says clearly and another 10 that DH and I can understand. She understands everything and manages to make herself pretty understood with gestures etc. I so regret that we did not introduce more signing when she was younger but we're doing that now. We've just completed a second round of EI evals (she was denied services at 2 yo even though they said that she clearly needed them) and are waiting to hear if she is eligible. We've been in speech therapy with a private therapist for the last 2 months and, while she is nice and DD likes her, I'm not particularly confident that it's making a difference.
I guess I have a couple questions:
How to integrate the speech therapy exercises/homework into play so she enjoys them and does them? I don't want to get into a coercive parenting style (and I think it will backfire) but I'm at a loss for how to get her to practice speaking when she generally tends to avoid it. Any games parents out there have developed?
How to differentiate between expressive language delays and apraxia and does it matter? DD did not babble much as an infant (sign of apraxia) but does not make inconsistent errors in speech (if she days something wrong it is always wrong in the same way) and doesn't drool etc or have feeding problems.
Also just eager to tap into a community like this. This is my first post about DD's speech issues. I struggle with seeing her struggle and how to find the balance between accessing services and also continuing to see/celebrate/support all her strengths. It is also so painful to see her struggling to communicate. She is a very robust and confident kid - usually a leader in groups, but I see her starting to become more clingy and withdraw.
Thanks for listening and your help!