Our son turned three a little over six months ago. He is the sweetest, kindest, funniest, and smartest little boy I’ve ever encountered (I guess I’m biased though). He’s also extremely physical. He was walking at 10 months old, running and climbing soon after, and we’ve been chasing him and trying to keep him from killing himself ever since (he has no fear whatsoever). His motor skills have always been way more developed than for his age. That’s the awesome thing and we totally celebrate and love that.
The challenge though has been that since he’s always put so much mental energy into mastering everything physical, he’s behind on his language skills and pretty much always has been. He has no medical issues. He has no formal diagnosis of any kind. So that firmly plants him in the category of “late talker” (nowadays it’s actually “lazy talker” since he talks all the time now, but we’re working on making new letter sounds, not dropping the ends off of words, completing longer sentences, saying all the syllables of a word, etc).
I remember being so frustrated when I tried to research what was happening with him. It seemed like I mostly came across situations where kids had special needs or medical conditions that affected their speech. That wasn’t us. Then when I happened upon situations that seemed similar to ours, the advice was mostly “they’ll grow out of it”. That didn’t sit right with me. I just knew there had to be things we could do to support him, help ease his frustration, and help him build language and communication skills.