Mother-of-three Jessa Duggar recently revealed her 2-year old son Henry has speech delays and how it’s impacted her whole family.
The reality star, who also shared 4-year old Surgeon and 5-month old Ivy Jane with her husband Ben Seewald, discussed her son’s developmental program on the newest episode of her family’s reality show Counting On. A scene showed the toddler and his parents heading to a doctor that specialized in the “ear, nose, and throat.” That’s when Jessa told the camera she hopes the specialist can help her son with his speech development.
“He has some speech delays,” the 27-year old mother said. “We think it might be a good idea to just have him evaluated, have his hearing checked, and see what they think we should do next.” She added that she started to notice a difference in Henry’s development when he was around 18 months old. “He wasn’t communicating like his older brother did at that age, or like other kids his age,” Jessa explained.
Since then, Henry’s speech development hasn’t caught up to other kids in his age group, which has worried his parents. But Jessa says she’s particularly concerned since she can tell her son wants to talk, but is struggling to learn the skill, leaving him frustrated .“We realize that each kid develops at their own pace, but he’s not been really catching on,” she said. “He’s not really able to talk and communicate what he wants. A lot of the times it’s just grunts and pointing and that kind of thing.”
Jessa went on to admit that Henry’s delays have put stress on their entire family, though she admits she’s done most of the worrying. “I feel like especially as a mom, it’s easier for me to kind of stress out, like, ‘Oh no, he’s delayed. What’s wrong with him?'” she admitted. “And Ben is a little more level-headed, like, ‘It’ll be okay, we’ll figure it out.'”
When the parents go to the doctor’s, Jessa proceeded to explain that Henry was “really bad tongue-tied” when he was born, which had to be clipped. After running some tests, however, the doctors were able to confirm that everything appears alright with the toddler’s hearing. “We know that between [age] 2 and 3 is a very important time in their development as far as speech goes,” the doctor said on-camera. “So this is the time to probably really focus on getting that development going and really jump-starting it.”
Jessa later told the camera she was very pleased with how the appointment went. “His hearing is perfect. Developmentally, he’s not behind, he’s on track with where he should be. It just seems to be a speech issue,” she explained. “So at this point, she’s recommended that we see a speech pathologist and go from there.”