I recently went on some training about Speech and language support, the lady running the class was very anti-dummies and she mentioned some research on use of dummies and language delays... sorry can't remember who the report was done by!
Just personally, my son (aged 2) has a dummy, he was a very "sucky" baby and although we have tried to get rid of it we can't - he just still needs it, I dont care what other people say about them, they make him comfortable and calm - he usually only has it at night/nap times but if he is upset he asks for it. I have started to plant the idea of giving it to the "dodo" fairy when he is ready!! My sons speech development is very good and clear and we have no worries there, I also think that as a parent if I was told that my son shouldn't have a dummy any more I would be upset! The lady who ran the course I mentioned was very much saying that we as practitioners should tell parents about the effects of dummies on toddlers speech development and try to get them to take away - she even suggested that we say no dummies at pre-school!!!!
sorry but I personally dont agree with this, maybe when a child gets to 3/4 years but not at 2!
Sorry that was a bit of a rant - didn't mean it to be! Will get my notes out and see if I wrote down who the dummy/speech development report was done by...
Edited by darlinbud, 01 May 2009 - 03:21 PM.