My son is nearly four years and I sometimes cannot understand him..any suggestions?

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Erin - posted on 09/09/2009

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I would take him to his regular doctor and see if he does need speech therapy. Sometimes you can get this through your school district.

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Have him slow down and use his "big boy words". have your pediatrician evaluate him fopr any physical problems and perhaps autism.

Amanda - posted on 09/10/2009

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There are speech therapy classes. I never had that isssue with my kids but my little cousin is in speech therapy through her school and she seems to be doing good now

Melinda - posted on 09/10/2009

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Both my boys were hard to understand so I took them to the speech therapist at our local public school-it is free and they will screen for speech problems and if your son qualifies you can get service for free through your school system. It is best to go ahead and do it early so it doesn't interfere with the school day once they start elementary school.

La Tonia - posted on 09/09/2009

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my 4year old nice has a little issue with being a little hard to understand so normally i just amke her slow down and if that dosent work i make her show what she talkin about.

Judy - posted on 09/09/2009

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My son is almost 3 and his speech is hard at times to understand also. Either the beginning are ending of the word is hard toget out. I am taking my son to a specialist to have his throat and tougne checked out. He talks like he is tougne tied. His tougne doesn't come out far enough. It might have to be clipped.So that is something you might want to check out. Alot of people don't think about that. I didn't my mother in law mentioned it to me. His tougne might have something to do with his speech. This is just a idea. I hope it helps.

Louise - posted on 09/09/2009

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my son is just over 4 his speech was so bad and we had a refferal for speech therapy through his school u can also talk to a health visitor. He has had one session at the centre and they are going to continue it through the school.Just try and take it easy and give him time. I did try repeating things but it can discourage ur child if they say a word wrong dont correct them just say yes thats rite and u say the correct word. It will come in time just try not to pressure ur child as it can cause them to not want to speak.I thought i was the only one with this prob but there were over 8 refferals in 1 class so dont worry 2 much.

Crystal - posted on 09/09/2009

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I have a son who is four and he can also be really hard to understand he speaks to fast and has a bit of a studder for him we tell him to slow down a little and when he does mess up a word we just keep up the conversation with him but repeat back what he says properley, you can also try showing him how the word should be for ex- if its a word that starts with k point to your neck to show him where you make the k sound

Faye - posted on 09/09/2009

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My son is coming up for 3 and his speech is terrible, he has been referred to a therapist however I have found that since I started speaking slower around him and repaeting myself regularly around him he seems to be picking up a lot more and I can now understand a basic range of words and requests from him. Keep encouraging him to speak and dont make a big deal if he doesnt say something properly just ask him to slow down and tell mummy what he wants slowly so that mummy can help.

Jessica - posted on 09/08/2009

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I can't understand most four year olds... LOL! Make him slow down and repeat himself, or try to use a different word. Give him a little time....

User - posted on 09/08/2009

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Speech therapy, it may be free in the public school. My son is 5 and he started last year in pre-k. His speech is so much better now.

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