My recommendation to anybody thinking that their child is struggling in an area and requires a little support is: take the bull by the horns and do it. Your instinct will always be right and early intervention always outstrips any pros associated with 'waiting and seeing'.
I can give you many examples both personally and professionally. Just last week I saw a four year old with such a severe speech impediment that it had stopped him making friends, was impacting his reading and writing and had a significant effect on his is confidence. After an assessment it was clear that the child requires intensive support which will take around a year to overcome, if not a little longer.
The mum of this little boy had called me two years ago to ask for advice, but her GP had told her to wait until nursery and then the nursery teacher advised her to wait a few months. If we had given a little support back then, the little boy would very quickly have overcome his speech struggles and not learned many of the new deficits he had since acquired. Another example is a six year old we are currently seeing. Again, her mum called us around three years ago saying she was quite sure her little girl was on the autistic spectrum but that the school and GP didn't agree. Three years later, her little girl is only speaking in two word utterances, has been moved to a special needs school and has self injurious behaviours. At six, this will require a huge amount of therapy, time and finance which most families simply don't have. At three, these language skills could have been taught as a way of life, nursery supported to teach in the natural environment and many inappropriate behaviours would never have had the chance to develop. A very simple example of professional help is swimming lessons. Everybody knows that if you want your child to be a confident swimmer, learning earlier in life is better for confidence, skill, stroke and speed. The same is true for every other struggle or skill. If you have a physical injury, quick onset of physical rehabilitation is the best way to achieve complete recovery. It is the same for overcoming developmental delay, language struggles or trauma.
Having a professional involved will give you tools to guide your time with your child too, whether it is how to shape a particular set of sounds for your little boy or how to overcome precursor behaviours for your little girl so as she doesn't develop OCD. Research and practice clearly show us that supports early on save a considerable amount of damage and finance down the line. You may hear people tell you that Einstein didn't speak until he was 5, or that Aunty May's brother snapped out of his tantrums overnight. If true, these cases are the minority. The majority of struggles do not clear up overnight and cause a ripple effect of struggles, whether it be social struggles or not achieving your academic potential. An inability to label at an early age is linked to eating disorders in girls in teen years and chronic Depression in early adulthood. The list for the majority goes on! I often wonder why society tells us to act quickly when we have a weed in our garden or a damp patch under our flat roof, but to 'wait and see' how bad the damage is for our children!
So my recommendation to any parent concerned about their child is to seek support to support your child. Additional support will not hurt your child in any way and waiting and seeing seems a little too risky for me. If you would like to chat in confidence, do feel free to email or call me.