Four Year Old with Speech Delay...

Kristin - posted on 05/02/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Recently I had my son tested through the school district, because of his speech delay. He is also a very active child. I'm planning on having him attend a speech program through the school to better prepare him for kindergarten. Does anyone know of any good speech programs, or developmental specialists in SC? Also I would love to hear from parents with children who have speech delays. Advice and Support are always welcomed.

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Jd - posted on 05/05/2009

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Are you sure it isnt attatched to a hearing issue?

We had thought my daughter had speach delay but her's is attatched to hearing disability so there you have it.

This is not a fun thing to go thru BUT I can recommend a few at home programs if your ever interested.

Joanne - posted on 05/04/2009

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My 4 year old daughter has a speech delay and we have been working with the pre-school and speech programs with great success. There is a community on this site called 'Childhood Apraxia of Speech moms'. There is a lot of support and information. Give it a try.

Deanna - posted on 05/02/2009

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My oldest daughter just graduated from speech therapy last week. Yey!! Her improvement is very noticable. She had been in preschool since she was 2, but was behind in her speech. It would take awhile for her teachers to be able to understand her. I noticed then that she was a bit behind the other kids. I had hoped that being around other kids her age would help her catch up with her words and sounds, and it did a bit, but she was still very difficult to understand, even at home sometimes. Her health insurance wouldn't cover it, and the school system wouldn't pick up speech therapy until she turned four. I'm not sure about in SC, but here in GA they try to send you to the elementary school you would normally be zoned for (worked out great since her brothers were there, too). Shannon's was a floating speech therapist that goes between a couple of schools here. She gave her another assessment at the beginning of the school year and decided how many sessions she needed a week (we started out going twice a week) and was even able to schedule them so I just showed up 30 minutes earlier than I had to pick up my boys. As my daughter improved and met her speech goals, the sessions dropped to once a week. Then, one day, after doing her speech exercises, the therapist told me that Shannon had spoken all of her words correctly (the pictures on flash cards and the sentences she put them in). The following week, we did another round of testing/assessment and found that she had met all of her speech goals. Now, even strangers can understand her when she speaks. Before, most people couldn't understand her unless they knew her.

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Tanya - posted on 04/17/2011

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Hi Kirstin
My son has speech delays & is always on the go .He has recently been seen by CAHMS to he has just had his conners assessment done to , he has been assessed by the Occupational Therapist & he is going to have futher assessments , my son also has problems with his bowels , he is still in pull ups as he has chronic constipation. Have you tried the site I can communicate, I am not sure where you live but their web address is www.ican.org .uk they have very useful advice & books you can buy. My son has had speech & language therapy since he was 3 & he is still have therapy he is going to be 7 in November. Hope your little boy gets the help he needs , good luck , from Tanya

Rabaab - posted on 05/08/2009

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hi, my eldest child who is now nearly 6 had speech delay. She did not speak until she was nearly 4. But when she spoke she spoke full sentences., in both her languages. we could understand everything she said.. We had her go to speech therapy..

Deanna - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Kristin:



Quoting Leslee:

Both my children have speech delays, they're 6 and 8. They attend a speech program thru the school and do beautifully with it. My daughter is in second grade and only continues with it, because it has lead to a delay in reading. My son however will be done with speech services this year (the end of kindergarden) he was in this program for 3 years. I'm sorry to say, I know nothing about SC... but most of the programs are very similar. Hang in there... a speech delay can be tough on your son. It was for both my kids, but well worth the extra services at school!!!






The only thing I worry about is, Will he be labeled in Special Education classes because of this Delay in Speech?  He is super smart and I would hate for that to follow him around for the rest of his school career.  I also worry about how will he sit through a session, he can't sit still past ten minutes!  Did your school allow you to sit in and observe?






I sat in at all of my daughter's speech therapy sessions.  I found that to be very helpful because I got to observe how the teacher was working with her and I could do the same thing at home.  I was also aware of what her speech goals were, when she had met them, and what sounds we would be working on next. 

Jd - posted on 05/05/2009

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no problem i will get a list together for you and see what speech group is in your area!

Kristin - posted on 05/05/2009

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No. his hearing is excellent. I did have a concern with one of his ears. The opening of the ear was smaller than the other, and seemed to be more closed. I've brought it to the Doctor's attention, but he says that the ear drum looks normal. At two he got lead poisoning, and from some of the reading I've done seems to connect the two together. I'm always interested in any at home programs that will help him. THANK YOU!!!

Kristin - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Leslee:

Both my children have speech delays, they're 6 and 8. They attend a speech program thru the school and do beautifully with it. My daughter is in second grade and only continues with it, because it has lead to a delay in reading. My son however will be done with speech services this year (the end of kindergarden) he was in this program for 3 years. I'm sorry to say, I know nothing about SC... but most of the programs are very similar. Hang in there... a speech delay can be tough on your son. It was for both my kids, but well worth the extra services at school!!!



The only thing I worry about is, Will he be labeled in Special Education classes because of this Delay in Speech?  He is super smart and I would hate for that to follow him around for the rest of his school career.  I also worry about how will he sit through a session, he can't sit still past ten minutes!  Did your school allow you to sit in and observe?

Leslee - posted on 05/03/2009

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Both my children have speech delays, they're 6 and 8. They attend a speech program thru the school and do beautifully with it. My daughter is in second grade and only continues with it, because it has lead to a delay in reading. My son however will be done with speech services this year (the end of kindergarden) he was in this program for 3 years. I'm sorry to say, I know nothing about SC... but most of the programs are very similar. Hang in there... a speech delay can be tough on your son. It was for both my kids, but well worth the extra services at school!!!

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3 of my 4 children have been in speech therapy for speech delay! My youngest is the only one currently and he is 3 1/2. He only just began speaking. However my (almost) 7 y/o did 2 full years of speech therapy (from 4-6) and at Easter this year read Scripture in front of the Church and everyone said he should be a speaker one day as he enuciated everything so well. 3 years ago not many at Church could even understand him. He has worked hard and it has paid off!

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