Speech problems!!

Juleen - posted on 04/18/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 and a half and he has very bad speech problems. Sometimes I even find it hard to understand him. We are waiting on an appointment for speech therapy but I don't know what to expect. Has any other parent had to bring their child to speech therapy? And if so what does it entail? Any advice would be welcome!

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Stephanie - posted on 04/19/2010

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My son was 3 when I took him. He was missing sounds from the beginning of words. The speech therapist was really lovely and friendly. They may sit you at a little table and look at pictures or play games with your child to asses them. They will also ask you questions of course, its probably a good idea to write down what he has problems with.
I found the whole thing unstressful and reassuring and I found the therapist really confident at engaging my son. You will come out feeling reassured and with more understanding of the situation :)

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Keana - posted on 07/13/2010

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My son has been obtaining speech services since he was 18 months old. My older son received speech and I knew my middle child had speech issues. He has been dx with apraxia and receives speech 4 times a week. Twice at peschool and twice out patient. It is a lot of time and work but please listen to the speech teacher and work with your son. Even if they don't give a dx please keep searching for the answer. God has blessed my son to learn at his pace and he has come a long way but with out me standing up and fighting for him who knows where he would be. Good luck to you and your son. If you have to receive therapy and are not happy with the terapist please look for another because a good therapist can make all the difference in the world.

Joanna - posted on 07/12/2010

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my daughter is one years old she have speech problem too.she gets therapy in school and at home.my 3 older son he had the same problem to now he 14 years old and he talks more then me.Lol so he will you will see.

Barbara - posted on 07/11/2010

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I have twins girls that will be 4 in Dec. I noticed that they were not talking like most of the 3 years in the daycare that i had put them in so i spoke to the doctor myself and asked him if we could put them in speech therapy. When i frist ask i was just putting them in daycare and he said give them 6 months of being in daycare see how they do then we will talk more about it. During the 6 months they were talking much more but not so clear so then we put them in speech and man are they doing so much better. Not only that we were having trouble getting them potty trained but once they started understanding everything and being able to commuite with us they have been potty trained since March 2010. I think that speech therapy is the best think for any child that is having problems.

Lorri - posted on 06/22/2010

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I have not had to worry about my children yet, but having a speech impediment myself, it is great that you are starting so early.

Tammy - posted on 06/21/2010

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My oldest son was diagnosed with Autism when he was 5. The first signs were his lack of speech at age 3. Later my next son was diagnosed at 3 with Autism but with early intervention is now attending mainstream school with kids his age. My last son had a speech disorder diagnosis and has almost caught up. I am not sure where you live but in California where I live children start receiving help through the schools at 3 for speech. Speech therapists are very good with making the first call as to weather they see something they think you should have further assessed. Don't hesitate to ask because they can give you the best tools to work with your kids. Watch if you can and try to use that at home. Sometimes the best thing you can do is get your kids playing with other kids. Good luck!

Mitzi - posted on 05/30/2010

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My son is 3+ and he just started speech therapy. They wanted to do it before but I thought I should give him more time.
They recommended that we get books and then have him tell us stories about what the book is saying. They were amazed at one thing: he knows all the sounds that his letters make. He learned it from Leap Frog. He's doing great. He has to start school in September so we had to get him to communicate better.

Kerry - posted on 05/17/2010

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I've recently been going through all of this with my little girl (3 and a half). We took her to one place for her to see a speech therapist where they tested her speech, hearing, and cognitive skills. We were asked a lot of questions about things she did at home based on an "always, sometimes, never" scale while she was tested by the ST and a psychologist (for the cognitive). For her it was just like she was playing so she didn't feel like she was being tested or anything. Now we have to go to her home elementary school for her speech therapy.

Karen - posted on 05/17/2010

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Thanks for your replies. My son is now seeing the speech therapist on a regularly basis and his speech is coming along but slowly. He is a lot more talkative and noisier at home than at preschool (quiet as a mouse). He is trying really hard to get his words out now. I have been told that he may have Aspergers Syndrome though. Has anyone else been told this too?

Ashita - posted on 04/29/2010

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we dint face this problem, but i would still say that have faith in your child & boost his confidence.. that's what he'll expect from u atleast. i know we tend to loose patience but u should be the last one to do so.
All the best/. :)

Jennifer - posted on 04/29/2010

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My 3 and a half has been going to speech and started going to school for speech. He is getting better. He picks the people he wants to talk to. He talk better at home then at school. At school he only likes to talk to one teacher. The reports are hard but they do it like that so they can get help.

Sunshine - posted on 04/27/2010

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I have a 3 year old who will be 4 very soon but he has a real bad speech problem and I found out it was due to his hearing problem. He is partly deaf in his left ear so he has trouble hearing his own self talk. We put him in speech therapy and it helped a little but he wont really be able to ffully talk until he gets tubes in his ears. I would get your son's ears tested too just to be on the safe side. It would probably help.

RonEtta - posted on 04/26/2010

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My daughter's doctor wanted my child to go to one because she wasn't speaking clearly at three yrs old. I didn't think was a good idea but I must say it is helping my daughter. First of all, they are gonna see how he is with other children, then test him on some words and best part is that you'll be there with him the whole time. They had to put my child in the PPCD program, but she's improving really well.

Tanya - posted on 04/26/2010

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What I found to work as well as the speech therapy is flash cards with the little pictures, I would sit with my daughter for about a half hour everyday and have her go over the pictures. When I read her books, I try to encourage her to have a conversation with me, if she happens to not say a word right I just stop her and have her repeat the word until she could say it right and then have her go on with what she was saying....I have to say she has come along way and is starting to get better with her speech....I hope everything goes good, and Im sure that they will be able to help you in finding something that can help...Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2010

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My son has a severe phonological disorder in which he has been in speech therapy since he was 2. He is 4 now and will be starting preschool and will have speech everyday. He didn't say his first word till 18 months and now you still can't understand what he says sometimes.

Krystal - posted on 04/24/2010

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WHEN U GO TO HIS 1ST APPOINTMENT LET ME KNOW HOW IT WENT AND DO U THINK U WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE HIM. HIS 1ST APPOINTMENT SHOULD BE WHEN THEY HAVE TO GET A FIELD OF HOW HE IS SO THEY WILL TRY TO GET TO KNOW HIM AND SOME OF THE THINGS HE LIKE GOOD LUCK ITS GONE B OK

Krystal - posted on 04/24/2010

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MY SON BEING GOING TO SPEECH EVERY SINCE HE WAS 1 AND STATING OFF HE CRIED AND CRIED BUT HIS SPEECH THERAPIST NEVER GAVE UP ON HIM AND I THANK GOD FOR THAT HIS 3 NOW AND HE STILL HAVE TROUBLE WITH SPEECH BUT HE'S DOING A LOT BETTER HIS THERAPIST IS ALSO TEACHING HIM HOW TO SIGN I FOUND IT ALSO HELPFUL TO GO TO THE LIBRARY AND GET BOOKS ON SIGNING SO U CAN LEARN AS WELL. EVERYTHING WILL B OK AS LONG AS U HAVE A GOOD THERAPIST AND IF U FEEL THAT THERAPIST ANT WORKING FOR HIM ASK FOR ANOTHER YOUR INSURANCE IS PAYING FOR IT AND U SHOULD MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD GET THE BEST. NEVER FEEL ALONG CAUSE ITS ALWAYS SOMEBODY GOING THROUGH WHAT U GOING THROUGH AND SOME MAY B GOING THROUGH A LOT WORST. NOT JUST THAT I'M PRETTY SURE HIS SPEECH IS AFFECTING HIS BEHAVIOR THAT'S BECAUSE HE'S NOT ABLE TO SAY WHAT HE WANT AND NEED SO THAT UPSET HIM SO HE ACT OUT THING WILL GET BETTER JUST KEEP THE FAITH

Juleen - posted on 04/24/2010

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Thank you to everyone for all your help and advice. I don't feel so alone now. Was feeling a bit alone because I don't know anyone else who's child has bad speech but thanks to all of you I don't feel alone anymore. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will let you all know how he gets on. He's on a waiting list at the mo but he's high priority so hopefully won't have to wait too long!! THanks again everyone :)

Nicola - posted on 04/23/2010

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hiya, my daughter is 4 now and attends speech therapy, she misses out letters at the start of words she has been going for the past 7 weeks and the difference is amazing she is so much more confident and people can understand her better now, she loves going to speech therapy and enjoys telling everyone about it, at first i wasnt sure about it as i didnt see how it could help but now i see a huge difference when she is pronouncing the words which before she found difficult, they play games with word with the letters she cant pronounce, a lot of it is done in the house playing the games with her they have given you that day, a nice way to spend time with her aswell.
good luck hope all goes well.

Michelle - posted on 04/22/2010

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The evaluation is pretty easy. They just had Aiden look at pictures & find things, name things, etc. He's had speech therapy since he was about 2 & they re-evalute him from time to time to see his progress. We've had 3 speech therapists so far due to staff & program changes All of them were nice. One had him do play therapy, one did flashcards & activities & this last one doesn't do all that much, unfortunately. We'd like to do private therapy, but we can't afford it. We still see he needs improvement, but he also has other problems. In May we do another eval. with CHOP & we'll see what they come up with.

Jennifer - posted on 04/21/2010

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Hello, I have a 3 year girl and I have the same problem. She still talks like a baby and some things you just can't figure out. Her dr. suggested a speech therapist but for us it was going to cost way too much. So they suggested daycare and that seemed to help a little but not by much. Now we just sit down with an hour a day and try to go over things with her. I am begining to see a difference. Please let me know how things turn out with your son. -Jennifer

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We just had our son assessed and he is very disfluent. They don't like to call it stuttering, but that is what it is. There can also be issues with speech production. Certain sounds are obtained at various stages of development. Apparently my son has a very large vocabulary, almost too large, because his brain can't handle the words and grammar that is in there, enough to get it out properly. Make sense? :)

When my son went to see the therapist, she just talked to him at length and also asked him what certain pictures were...she was assessing his sounds, grammar, fluency, vocabulary, degree of comfort, etc. Now he is on a waiting list for therapy.

It can be a bit nerve-racking, but try not to worry about it. You're taking a good first step.

Karen - posted on 04/21/2010

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I too have a 3 1/2 year old son that is not talking as yet. I have got a speech and language therapist coming to visit us tomorrow so I will find out what it entails then!

Alicia - posted on 04/21/2010

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i knew when my daughter started school that sh would need speech because certain words u culdnt undestand and they tested her at school and found out she needed so she is taken speech in class and i like her speech teacher she is very patient with her and they sit down and play games whle they learn which is very good and my daughter seems to like her and that was very important for me they say that will chech with her each year and if everything does the way it should she get out of it in about a year or two

Chera - posted on 04/21/2010

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Had to take two of my children to speech therapy and it's wonderful. The change in the Childs confidence truly goes up. After two months in speech I saw changes in the girls. Noel no longer requires speech after 6 months. Destiny is still in speech at school and is doing wonderful. The girls would sit at a round table my youngest would say words of pictures she was shown and then the speech therapist would repeat it correctly and show them how to say it correctly, for my oldest she stutters so she has shown her breathing techniques and how to slow down... They do ask a lot of questions I wrote down what I wanted to know from them. The testing was a little long but the girl’s enjoyed it. My oldest set goals and always seems to meet them. Good luck with both of you...

Jennifer - posted on 04/19/2010

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Hi my son has had a speech therapist since he was 12 months. He was born with Down syndrome so we knew all the therapies were going to be needed. Speech is an amazing one. We started with signing, he started signing around 14 months. He know says 3 to 4 words sentences. We are still getting more, cause he drops the ends of words and is stuttering a bit. What they will do is evaluate him and see what he needs to work on. Then they will set goals with you to what you want him to accomplish in 6 months or a year. This will be very beneficial for him, you will also have to be very aware. We always ask what do you want and then if he can't tell us we ask him to show us. Then we get down to his level and we say what it is and have him repeat it. That has seemed to work the best. If you need anymore info please ask. You will be happy with the turn out.

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Hi my son has been seeing a speech therapist since he was 18 months. he was an extremly quiet baby and rarely communicated at all !! We started using makaton sign language and that improved life considerably as it gave him confidence. We still see the ST and are working on his expressive communication rather than language now!! He's chatting quite a bit more now and hardly uses if ever sign language anymore (he's now 4!!) I did find the reports on where my little one is in regard to their scale a little upsetting. He has now proved that he's a intelligent but quiet little man so I no longer find it so upsetting. Good luck to both you and your son. Hope all goes well x

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