'Counting On': Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald consult a speech therapist after worrying over Henry not speaking enough for his age
Jessa and Ben opened up about Henry's speech difficulties as Michelle says she can understand what the pair is going through.
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald have been open about Henry's speech difficulties. In this week's episode of 'Counting On', the pair decided to take Henry to a speech therapist hoping to know more about his condition.
"Henry just turned two and most kids his age can say 20 to 50 different words a day," Jessa said. However, things are different with Henry as he says only two words, "mamma" and "dada". After Jessa and Ben found out that Henry was not catching up like the rest of the children they decided to consult a speech therapist.
The pair even got Henry's hearing checked to make sure that he did not have a hearing problem. They were delivered the good news that Henry's hearing ability was normal and did not pose any kind of threat. However, the pair still wanted to know more about their son's speech delay.
With all this going on Jessa is also worried about not being a good mother because of Henry's situation. Michelle Duggar was quick to add to this as she opened up about the worry a parent goes through if their child is not doing well. Recalling the time when her daughter Josie was born a micro-preemie, Michelle spoke how difficult the time was for her and her husband, Jim. She further added that she could understand the situation Jessa and Ben were in and hoped things would work out well for them.
After meeting the speech therapist Jessa found out that Henry fell in the 6 percent range when it came to his speech. The therapist told Jessa and Ben that it was moderate and not a thing to worry about. She further added that Henry was six months behind in his speech learning but would soon catch up to children of his age.
"You never want to see your kids face challenges and it is hard for the parent to see that but he is learning and I guess you have to be patient with that," she said. The therapist stated that it should be good to give Henry four to six weeks to see if he is developing his speech. However, Jessa added that she would want Henry to have speech therapy just to help him with his learning.
'Counting On' airs on Tuesdays at 9 pm on TLC.