4yr speaking babble..what do i do!!!???

Glo - posted on 06/05/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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MY son just turned four...hes absolutly normal and healthy..the only problem is his speach...i dont know if its a lack of vocabulary or pronouncing the word right..i have to put him in school this year..im scared that the other kids will tease him because they wont know what hes saying...he can say stuff like "mommy can i watch movie in my room..or tranformers are cool...much more then that but he'll say just about a sentence or two...but no way of really having a conversation with him...hes a very good kid..hes extreamly out-going..i dont have much problems with him..im just a bit worried...i need feedback thanks xo

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Kellie - posted on 06/07/2010

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it's always a good idea to get a professional opinion and if it's not a delay in speech or an auditory problem then hanging out with kids his own age should do the trick. i worked in daycare for awhile and there were plenty of four year olds who were difficult to understand at times, but as a teacher, you get to know the children intimately and eventually you learn their language. and kids tease eachother for lots of reasons, if its not the way he talks it will be something else. you mentioned he likes transformers, so that would be a good starting point to have a conversation with him. find out their names, what they can do, which is his favorite and why, identify colors, little things like that. your interest in what he likes may inspire him to have more meaningful conversations. and focus on asking open ended questions rather than yes or no or forcing the choice like do you want chicken nuggets or pizza. i know you are concerned and i would be too, just remember there is always hope and it will work itself out. Hope this helps.

Shalah - posted on 06/05/2010

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My youngest son is a very sensitive, sweet natured, and highly intelligent boy, but he wasn't speaking well at 3 1/2. I put him in head start and found out he had a speech delay. He had an occupational therapist that helped him for a couple of years, and now he's 9 and is completely caught up, even surpassing, his peers. The therapy was through his school, a title 4 grant for developemental disabilities, called an EIP. When you enroll him in school, ask them about dd testing, and let them know you want it done. Or better yet, get him tested for it now, so he can start working on it before he joins a classroom. The school he will attend should help you either way. It's important to get him the help he needs early so it won't hinder his learning. Good luck mama.

Julie - posted on 06/05/2010

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Yes I would definitely take time this summer and get him checked out. I'm sure there are some speech therapists in your area that can work with him the next three months and maybe he'll have some progress by fall. Hope it works out for you.

Brandice - posted on 06/05/2010

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Have you addressed this problem with his pediatrician? Is he starting pre-k or kindergarten? Most schools, whether it's pre-k or elementary offer the service of bringing in a speach therapist to work with children. There are 2 kids in my daughter's pre-k class that get one-on-one time with a therapist a couple times a week. If the school doesn't offer it, your pediatrician should be able to tell you how to find one, or what steps you should take.

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