My Son is 4

Heidi - posted on 05/05/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is 4 and a half and just barely started talking. And even though he is talking and we can now understand him for the most part it still comes out all jumbled up. My mother in law says I should talk to his doctor about it and have is ears checked. But when I seen my youngest daughters dr he was with me and I questioned the dr and he said all children develop at different stages and ages and not to be concerned. I just don't know if I should feel greatly or mildly concerned. He is understandable or atleast I know what he is talking about for the most part but still he isn't talking at the rate most four year olds are. Does anyone else have any advice for me? I am a mom of 3 with my oldest being 8 but still have complete lost moments as to where or what I should do :(

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Jackie - posted on 05/14/2010

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You should be concerned. 4 and a half is a kinda late age to be seeking help. You need to get him referred to a speech therapist for testing. The process is painless, they will talk with you, talk with him and send him for a hearing test. A hearing test can rule out most issues concerning ears. But if your son has had more then 3 ear infections in a year you really need to concider getting him to an ENT. My sons ear congestion was missed by the hearing test but found by an ENT a year later. It took a while but once he had his tubes in improved in 3 months more then he did with 3 years of intense speech therapy. Don't get me wrong... the progress was due to the therapy also. We were provided the tools for good speech and once the hearing was fixed... he could hear the difference and apply those tools. Good luck and remember getting tested and being told all is good is better then not getting tested and finding out it was something simple to fix if you had gone in when you were concerned instead of years later.

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