S.C. asks from Slidell, LA on August 20, 2009
Soon to Be 3 Not Talking a Whole Lot
My son is turning 3 in just a two weeks. He can say a few words here and there like no, yes, dog, ball, mommy, daddy, and things like that. He has great motor skills and plays well with children his age and even the older kids. I am worried however that he is not where he needs to be at his age. We have put him in a playgroup and are looking into doing some sort of home school where we can begin teaching him preschool material. I would like any advice you can give me on things that I can do to help improve his speech and in any other ares as i am a first time mom and want to make sure that he has the best chance at succeeding in life.
T.P. answers from Tuscaloosa on August 21, 2009
Definitely discuss with your pediatrician. Chronic ear infections can cause speech delays and sometimes tubes make a huge difference. Or, if your child's tongue is too tight (tongue-tied) it can affect speech too. Your doctor can also set up a speech therapy evaluation. A speech therapist can tell what is causing the delay and usually help you overcome it. Good luck!
L.B. answers from Fayetteville on August 20, 2009
Get the book BabyTalk. Sorry, I don't remember the author. They have a program for babies and toddlers, and, after studying the effects of their program over years, have found that even children experiencing severe speech delays ended up ahead, and many even in the gifted range.
It's also great for discipline issues, and it's just plain fun. Just half an hour a day.
To start with, though, make sure to eliminate white noise during his waking hours, and keep the tv off. It's hard for them to learn from a passive source. They learn best from interacting with others, esp. Mom and Dad, and from involving all five senses, instead of sight and sound alone, and from a screen where a lot of things don't make any sense to them.
H.W. answers from Tulsa on August 21, 2009
I'm not sure where you live, but in Tulsa, OK there is a program available through the state. My little boy had hearing loss, the ENT suggested speech therapy through the state. You might start with an ENT, if you haven't already done so. Make sure his hearing is ok and then ask him/her if there are any speech therapy programs in your area. Our program was great !!! But, you might hurry. The speech program here required that you get them evaluated before the age of 3 in order to qualify. Good Luck :) You might call you local DHS and see if they have any suggestions.
S.J. answers from Tulsa on August 21, 2009
I agree that you should have his hearing checked. While someone posted that his hearing needed to be checked before the age of 3, that may be true to qualify for the program that her child is in, however, the public school system in your area becomes responsible for children with special needs in their district when those children turn 3.
I would take him to an audiologist and have his hearing checked. If he indeed does have a hearing loss, please know that there are many communication options for you to pursue. I have a deaf daughter who is now 18. She reads lips and has excellent speech skills, however, she also communicates through sign language. She has had great success in school and received a full scholarship to Gallaudet University in Washington, DC where we are moving her in this weekend.
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G.F. answers from Tulsa on August 21, 2009
Is the talking that is is doing clear? I would have his ears checked by a specialist and not be able to hear as well or clearly as he should, not just your regular MD. My niece had the same problem and it was easily corrected with tubes in her ears and some speach therapy.
Best of luck,
C.I. answers from Fort Smith on August 21, 2009
While this progression might be normal for your child, I think you should have him tested just in case the speech issue needs to be addressed. My second child(of three)was late with her speech due to ear problems that were addressed at 10 months with ear tubes. She started speech therapy at 2 years 8 months. In Arkansas there is a program that is free through the state (regardless of income) that will test you child and either send a therapist to your home or you can take them to therapy if they qualify. As a teacher, I know that a speech issue is much easier to correct early than later.
S.M. answers from Baton Rouge on August 21, 2009
How is his receptive language? Does he understand what is said to him?? If so, I would not be overly concerned. Obviously you want to rule out any medical problem (like hearing lose). Both of my older sons were late talkers. It was after Cam's 3rd bday that he actually started talking.
Now Cameron is an advanced 5 year old who reads on a 2nd grade level. He (and his almost 3year old brother) have ZERO issues. They were simply late talkers.
G.A. answers from Biloxi on August 21, 2009
my first thought is to have his hearing tested....he might be able to hear but not as well as he should...
if that comes back fine i would consult a speech pathologist...keep us posted