At 18 months old, my son Ross was showing delays in crawling and walking, and so we had a check up with a health visitor.
They said that by this age, children should be saying six words – but Ross had no speech at all.
This was a defining moment. It hit home that Ross wasn’t developing in ways other children do. It left us anxious and it was clear something wasn’t quite right.
My pregnancy with Ross had been typical, so we didn’t have any concerns in that regard. When he came, he was our first child so we had no comparison. After we got the news from the health visitor, Ross was quickly referred for hearing tests, which they thought might be the problem – but that was all fine.
As young parents, we were just trying to…