Jessa Duggar Seewald knows a little something about children. Jessa is the fifth of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's nineteen children and is a mother of three little ones herself. When Jessa noticed that her middle son, two-year-old Henry, seemed to be missing some of his milestones when it came to his speech development she decided to seek professional help.
On the most recent episode of Counting On, Jessa opened up about her concerns with regards to Henry's speech. Having been one of 19 children and having three kids of her own, she knows something about milestones and was concerned when she felt that Henry's speech seemed delayed.
In a clip from the show, Jessa explained that she and husband Ben Seewald felt that Henry's speech wasn't as far along as it should be for his age. “We are taking Henry to the doctor today to have him evaluated, have his hearing checked and see what they think we should do next,” Jessa told the camera. “We realized probably since he was about 18 months old that he wasn’t communicating like his older brother did at that age or other kids did at that age.”
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Jessa and Ben, who are also parents to four-year-old Spurgeon and 5-month-old Ivy, explained that Henry really hasn't begun to talk yet, causing them to seek a medical opinion. “We realize that each kid grows at their own pace but he’s not really catching on. He’s not really to talk and communicate what he wants. A lot of times its just grunts and pointing and that kind of thing,” Jessa explained.
Like so many moms, Jessa admitted that Henry's speech delay was causing her anxiety and said that she was grateful that her husband was there to reassure her that even if Henry did have a speech delay they would deal with it together as a family. “I feel like as a mom it’s easier for me to stress out and be like ‘Oh no, he’s delayed. What’s wrong with him?’ and Ben’s a little more level headed,” she added.
The hearing specialist that the couple took Henry to see confirmed that Henry didn't have any issues with his hearing but did recommend the couple take their son to a speech pathologist. “We were very happy to hear that Henry’s hearing isn’t an issue. His hearing is perfect. Developmentally he’s not behind. It just seems to be a speech issue and she’s recommended that we see a speech pathologist and go from there,” Jessa revealed.
It can be so stressful when you think your child may be missing important milestones so we're happy that Jessa was able to take Henry to see a specialist who could put her mind at ease. Children do develop so differently that it's easy to be worried when you feel your child may be behind.