Sarah - posted on 08/25/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
I am watching a 2 1/2 yr old boy. He will be 3 in November. He has a hard time with his speech. He will leave off the ending of his words and often times it is very hard to understand what he is saying. When you work with him on the ending of the words he will make a hmmm sound rather than the sound of the word. He also has a hard time answer questions that are not yes/no questions. He will repeat a word from the question you ask rather than answering your question. He also does a lot of copy play rather than inventing his own play. Will follow the other kids around and copy what they play rather than adding to the play or playing on his own. I had thought there was a hearing problem, but parents had him tested and said there might be a slight hearing loss in one ear, but doctor said not something that would cause any problems with speech and growth. Parents said doctor said it is normal for boys to develop later than girls and that he is doing fine, but they could do speech therapy if they wanted. I don't believe it is austim or asperger's. He has good eye contact, shows emotion, and is engaged with activities and the other children. I am unsure where to go from here. To me there seems to be more going on than just developing at a different rate, but I don't know what to do to help him learn or what to look into that could be causing the delay/issues. If anyone has any insight I would greatly appreciate it.