The youngest son of “Counting On” stars Jessa Duggar and her husband Ben Seewald — two-year-old Henry — has had some speech delay issues that had the couple concerned. They first opened up on the issues on a November episode of “Counting On,” and now she is giving fans an update on his development via her Instagram account.
She shared a photo of Ben with their two kids and captioned it, “As my dad would say, ‘These are the best days of our lives and we don’t even know it’.” One fan replied, writing, “Dads are the best. How is the youngest doing on his speech?”
Jessa replied, “We are going back this morning for a follow-up speech evaluation. I think Henry is really catching up!”
Fans chimed in with support and offered their thoughts on the situation.
“that happens a lot with 2nd and 3rd kids since they oldest tends to talk over them and for them. He will be fine,” one said.
“I wanted to let you know my son (now 14) didn’t really start talking till age 3. Our speech therapist helped us by teaching us basic sign language and saying the word we were signing to help. Funny now he still uses it when he doesn’t want anyone knowing what we are talking about. God bless your family. Hoping for the best for your Henry!” another added.
Jessa first opened up about Henry’s issues on camera, saying, “He has some speech delays. 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.”
“We realize that each kid develops at their own pace, but he’s not been really catching on,” she continued. “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.”
“Developmentally, he’s not behind. He’s on track with where he should be. It just seems to be a speech issue,” she said. “So, at this point, she’s recommended that we see a speech pathologist and go from there.”