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    New homeschooler here. Mom to two sensory gifted kids, one with speech delay (now caught up).

    My suggestion is if you notice ANYTHING that seems "off" or you get consistent comments from lots of people noting ways in which your kid seems to be struggling, consider bringing it up to your pediatrician. If they're not good with those kind of questions, find a ped who is.

    Most kids who can use early intervention don't get it; the doc may see you only a few times a year and aside from checkups, they only see you when everyone is at their worst. It takes parents bringing it up to get directed to help if needed.

    My two have been in OT and PT since the older was a toddler and the younger was a baby. Younger kid also had 1.5 yrs speech because he couldn't eat without throwing up at 1 year old and wasn't speaking. This only happened because I pushed for it. I didn't have other kids around to compare mine to...and I was roundly criticized for getting therapy. But I knew there was something off, and testing and time have both proven me correct.

    IMO, speech delays should be investigated. Sure, some kids are just slow to speaking they're fine with that, but some kids turn into nightmares because they know so much yet can't communicate. Screaming, tantrums, etc. Imagine knowing so many words and being gagged all the time--that's a speech delay. It was torture for my kid.

    If kids seem overly sensory hypersensitive or hyposensitive that needs to be checked out too. IMO all parents should get a handbook for sensory issues when they have babies so they know what to look for. It's NOT just an autism issue, it's a condition in its own right and I think some homeschool kids don't do well in mainstream schools because they're sensory but were never diagnosed. A lot of gifted kids, kids with ADHD, and kids who have neurological or neuromuscular disorders have sensory processing disorder and some kids have it for no discernible reason.

    Getting help when my kids were very young not only saved us from the massive problems others in our family are having, it also gave me tremendous insight as to how my kids learn and why mainstream school would be a disaster for them. Not only that, but I learned why mainstream school was a disaster for ME. My kids get their quirks from somewhere, after all. This process has made all of us better people and I'm so grateful to our PTs, OTs, and SLP.

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    Love that there is plenty here on this, but basically,
    Lots of cuddling and holding, reading out loud together (snuggled) things with tenderness and imagination;
    Chances to build without an adult directing or suggesting, but just approving and clapping and smiling as they watch;
    Chances to mix colors and make a big huge mess all over a rinsable plastic table cover, with tempera paints or whatnot;
    Lots of running and falling and kicking/tossing/catching balls, doing somersaults and other silly gross motor games like hopping on one foot;
    Fine motor activities like threading those fat beads onto pipe cleaners (if the child likes it)
    Pleasant, happy music (complex music is great...angry/violent/sad/scary music, NOT!) and the chance to hear it, and chances to sing and make music without pressure
    And imaginative/social role play with other little ones, again, without an adult micromanaging or directing.

    Open-ended, unstructured play, along with timeless tried-and-true rhythmic/musical/poetic hand-claps and nursery rhymes, and lots of lap-cuddle read-alouds, is what both early childhood developmental experts and parents, know grows happy and well-connected brains and bodies.

    A great foundation for academic study someday when the child is ready! And of course, if a child is interested, I answer the interest in letter sounds, or colors, or numbers, or animals...whatever it is.

    But I don't think there is any need to push a baby or toddler to call out names of colors, etc. They would learn that the same way they learn that those tall things with leaves outside are called trees: they don't need a class in their native language, and colors are just part of that, the same as everything else.
    One nervous mom who was trying to get her smart toddler to perform on demand, by prompting her to call out the names of the colors of things, at the playground, when the child just wanted to play, got schooled: the toddler called them all out wrong, leaving the baffled and embarrassed mom to insist to anyone in earshot that "she usually knows this stuff!"

    She didn't get that the child was smart enough not only to know it, but to be able to tell when she was being put on display, and to resent it, and refuse to cooperate.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    Haha, that's a great story, crunchy!

    I'm really exciting to watch how my baby explores and in what ways he/she enjoys learning. It just seems like just a magical time (I say that now, when I'm not thinking about poop and vomit!) watching this little person that I made absorb the world!

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    I second the book "Nurture Shock." The chapter "Why Alyssa Talks and Hannah Doesn't" (or something like that) is pretty interesting in terms of language development.
    homeschooling mother of Louisa (10yo) and Daniel (7yo)

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