Speech therapy - yay or nay?

Peta-Marie - posted on 10/29/2008 ( 62 moms have responded )

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My 3 1/2 year old boy doesn't talk much unless he is copying little sayings from his favourite movies. You can't have a conversation with him, but he can count to 15 clearly and say most of his ABC's. Does anybody have an opinion on whether I should get him speech therapy or let him go at his own pace?

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Sladana - posted on 12/19/2008

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i see there are mixed ideas on speech therapy. i have a mixed response for my experience with them for my son, also 31/2. he was involved in a group speech therapy session that was 12 weeks long. and nothing, they told me he cant sit still and wait for his turn patiently. seriously ; ). i have placed him in an individual therapy session with a pathologist and its working wonders. she is able to target his issues and sends me home with great HOMEWORK that my son loves and ofcourse suggestions. and through games she can get him to pronounce words with ease. i wish you all the best.

Julie - posted on 12/03/2008

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Speech therapy is wonderful, and I can swear by it. My daughter's speech improved tremendously with her speech therapy. Please, by all means, it helps.

Leslie - posted on 11/13/2008

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my little boy is 3.5 too and just started talking at 3. We took him to see a therapist and she said he didnt have a "speech problem" he has a delay problem which is totally different. She gave us a lot of things to try with him to coach him along. We also had his ears checked which they were fine except he was having chronic ear infections so we had tubes put in his ears and that is when he started talking. If you want to know some of the things the therapist told us let me know. jack still has a long way to go in order to catch up with his friends but he does a lot of movie coping as well!

Natasha - posted on 11/12/2008

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My son is going to be 2 at the end of December, and he has yet to say his first word. I just came out of a Child/Parent Speech Playgroup that has helped me to help him. If you aren't wanting to put him in a one-on-one speech therapy I totally recommend finding out if there is a playgroup program available. Our group went for about 2 hours, once a week for 6 weeks. The kids got to play (there were about 6 kids), then there was a snack time where the kids were given a choice of drink and food held just out of their reach so they had to ask for which one they wanted. Even if it was just reaching out for it. Every week the therapist would talk to the moms to give us ideas and explain how the games were helping. Granted my son still is not talking, but he is comunicating with gestures and eye contact way more than he was 2 months ago. The biggest thing I learned was to wait for a response instead of responding for him. I know that's obvious, but waiting for 10 seconds....its longer than you think.

Heather - posted on 11/10/2008

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I am a speech therapist and I would definately urge you to consider seeing a speech therapist. There are many ways we help children like your son including teaching parents strategies to use at home, using signs or other methods of communication, education about normal milestones and when to be conserned, and many other areas. It would be a good idea to at least have an evaluation and then take it from there.

Stephanie - posted on 11/02/2008

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my son just turned two and my peds doctor recomended speech therapy for him when he was about 16 months old. He only says about 6 words or so and doesn't babble much. He does understand us and follow directions. It hasn't made much of an improvement in my son but maybe it will for you.

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I keep my kids at home. I include them in most everything I do, cooking, cleaning, shopping... they really love to help and talk with me and work with me.

Peta-Marie - posted on 11/01/2008

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thanks so much for your replies. Do you have your child/children in daycare, and if so did that help at all? Its so good to be able to talk about it to people who can understand, so thanks again!

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I have had speech therapy for 2 of my kids and I feel like it was a waste of time. All they did was sit and play and talk with the kids, nothing more than what I am already doing. I have not been at all impressed with the services. Just practice playing with him and talking to him, and having him talk back.

Teresa - posted on 10/31/2008

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my son is almost 3 n ive tried speach therapy for almost a yr n nothin it may help ur son try sign lanuage thats how i can communicate with my son

Melissa - posted on 10/29/2008

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My 3 1/2 year old started speech therapy when he was 2 1/2 and it has done wonders for him. You could have him evaluated and see what they say and then decide but you don't want to let it continue if it is a problem then have him struggle in school. Good luck to you!

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