Pre-school for speech delay

Nikki - posted on 07/25/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone! I have a 4 year old son. He has a speech delay. He's been in special ed. preschool for a 1 1/2 yrs. I need help. during gruop time the preschool lets the kids get up if they don't sit. I noticed at a library program last month(in July), one of the other kids from my son's classroom was there too. I noticed the boys won't sit down and pay attention. Awhile the other kids there age were sitting down and listening. Granted my son has a speech delay, but that shouldn't be letting him get up during group time, etc. Next fall in '10 he starts Kindergarden and I'm wooried that he may not sit during circle time. Does anyone have suggestions to make my son pay attention. i know they at this age they don't have much of an attention span but about 30 minutes tops, but what can I do for school? Does anyone have any suggestions. Thanks!

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Wanita - posted on 05/16/2012

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my 4 yr. old girl has speech delay, the school provided a carpet sample for our daughter to sit on when it was story time, as well as practicing with her at home ( I used stuffed toys in place of other classmates) and it worked.

Fern - posted on 08/09/2009

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I just recently learned a new techique for helping little ones sit longer. Most kids that have speech apraxia/dyspraxia, ADHD, ADD, learning disabilities/delays, have trouble sitting still. This is always worse when they are asked to sit on a hard surface. Most schools have kids sit on carpet squars or on carpet that is on top of a tile/cement floor. That is not enough padding for these kids. It makes them uncomfortable and they are not aware enough or old enough to explain that it bothers them or even that the hardness is the problem. Get your child a cushion, preferably memory foam, and make sure you have it put in their IEP's as a necessary adaptive device. I suspect you will see a big difference in their ability to sit. Of course, this isn't going to allow a 3 year old to sit for an hour, but it should make them able to sit for 15-30 minutes for story or circle time.

Teresa - posted on 08/09/2009

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Okay, it is about time I see that I am not the only one who has a kid who can't sit. She also has a speech delay, and did this in preschool. I was pulled into the classroom several times and reduced to tears. I was powerless in the class room. I asked to be able to come in and try to sit in the class for a little t see if there was any way that I can help, and they said no. So, I had my speech therapists involved. And we concentrated on the sitting during a story to help out. And it worked a little bit. But, she would still get up. Then, I called my pediatrician to see if maybe I should have her tested for some behavioral issues. And she said that kids at 3 to 4 do not typically sit for stories longer than 15 minutes, or the equivalent of 1 story, which is less than 10 minutes. Some teachers and schools expect every kid to sit and behave, and when the child does not...something's wrong. My daughter will be in pre-kindergarten 4 mornings a week, as well as her speech therapist to be scheduled for 2 mornings sessions in the school to help out with the sitting and any problems. And I will have one session at home and my homework to follow through. So, I am prepared for the school to call me because of some issues, but maybe my Audrey will have a better time of understanding! She may not be ready for kindergarten in one year, but maybe she will surprise me. My only suggestion is to wait for some maturity in age. And maybe the teacher can make your son the "helper" of the class every so often to help combat the "sitting" situation. And what helped for my daughter was that I signed her up for the creative movement dance class to help her energy and concentration level, and her dance teacher said that she did just fine. Try to find a program that may help him, like karate, soccer, basketball, boy scouts, etc. it all helps with the speech.
All the best from my family to yours!

Nikki - posted on 08/04/2009

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He goes to preschool all day this year, but we have an IEP meeting this week and we want to get it out in the open before our next IEP in March. Thanks for the help.

Rachel - posted on 08/02/2009

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Just came thru this. Mine will sit, but she starts fidgeting like crazy. But the best bet, go in and talk to the teachers! Get them on your side, explain to them he's a typical boy. Give him a week or two in class, then ask if you can observe. Is he going to be going only to half day kindergarten?

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