Many parents can relate when Dani Barretto opened up about her daughter's speech delay.
Recently, Millieturned three, and Dani told Smart Parentingthat she is very proud of her daughter's improvements.
In June, Dani shared to PEP.ph that Millie has been taking occupational therapy and speech therapy.
"We also enrolled her in a Montessori, she's excelling very much, she has words na. She has little words na na-develop, ang ganda ng performance niya sa school, nakaka-proud," Dani said in an exclusive interview with Smart Parenting during the Pampers Up and Down Playdate in UP Town Center last September 25.
The eldest daughter of Marjorie Barrettosaid, "Her teachers would constantly tell me how she's cooperating in every activity. So far so good. It's really helping her, and I'm glad that we were able to catch it early, and were able to do something about it. Because of that natutulungan yung paglaki niya."
"Ngayon pa lang, if nakikitaan niyo na ng signs, seek help already, see a developmental pediatrician. If kailangan ng therapy, kailangan ng therapy."
When asked what her message was to parents who might be in denial that their children might be experiencing speech delay, Dani said, "This is more for your baby than it is for you. Isipin niyo nalang 'yung growth niya or kung papaano siya mabubuhay as she gets older."
"Us parents are supposed to make it easier for our kids. Ngayon pa lang, if nakikitaan niyo na ng signs, seek help already, see a developmental pediatrician. If kailangan ng therapy, kailangan ng therapy."
She emphasized, "We have to understand these kids need guidance, they need professional help."
She recalled that she used to think that Millie's delay was her fault, but she stresses the importance of early intervention. "Ako kasi, at first, siyempre, you're a mom you tend to blame yourself na baka kasalanan mo, the dev peds always say, it's not your fault, it's good that you brought her in early kasi its early intervention."
Directory of development pediatricians in the Philippines 2022
Developmental pediatrics deals with developmental, learning, or behavioral difficulties in children, as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
According to Healthy Children's website, a developmental pediatrician evaluates, counsels, and provides treatment for children, adolescents, and their families with a wide range of developmental and behavioral difficulties, including learning disorders, attention and behavioral disorders, developmental disabilities, among others.
Through the help of the Philippine Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (PSDBP), Smart Parenting was able to secure an updated list of developmental pediatricians all over the country and in the USA.