how can i get my 3 1/2 son to speak clearly and slow down when he speaks

Crystal - posted on 09/03/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my son knows alot of words and wants to express himself every minute of the day but no one can understand him i ask him to slow down when he speaks but he doesnt know how to so he becomes frustrated and cries...he has had got evaluated for early intervention but he got nothing which i dont know how a half hour ur gunna be able to tell i think ppl need to evaluate these kids through out a week time basis cause he does have a speach problem and no im not being over protective or being mean...since EI cant give any helpful hints can someone help me please

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Michelle - posted on 09/04/2010

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First thing I would do is get his hearing tested as how he is speaking could be how he is hearing it being said. If it is not his hearing then just keep repeating things to him the proper way and eventually he will pick up on the proper way to say things....good luck to you

Carisa - posted on 09/04/2010

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Just make sure you are talking to him slowly and clearly...whenever my daughter mispronounces a word, I repeat what she said with the correct pronunciation. (I don't tell her she is wrong, I just say it the right way...I don't think she even realizes I am correcting her) The most important thing in speech development is being talked to...we never allow baby talk in our house (our oldest is 4 and youngest is 17 months) He probably doesn't have a problem, is just thinking faster than he can think. Just remind him to slow down and he will get it eventually.

Jules - posted on 09/03/2010

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Like Sarah said. His mind is working over time n his mouth can't keep up. My son n daughter are the same LOL My son is nine n still does it. My daughter is 2. I find getting them to look at you while they are speaking helps. N do get down to their level. Speak to him the way you want him to speak to you helps calm them down to. With the letters that Sarah was talking about repeat the letter n then say the word. Really pronounciate the letter because they copy everything they see :D Hope this helps...

Sarah - posted on 09/03/2010

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One thing you may want to try if you are not already doing so is to try and get down to his level and look at him and hold his hand when he is talking really fast and you want him to slow down. I think sometimes their minds are working faster then their mouths can work. Letting him know that it is ok and that you are listening and paying full attention to what he is saying. Then just say slow down a little so I can understand you better. Do you notice that he has a hard time with certain sounds or letters (the letter Y is often times a common one kids have a hard time with)? I know there are some tricks to helping kids with those certain sounds/letters but not sure what they all are. You might be able to find something on the internet or if he goes to preschool ask the preschool teacher if she knows of any tricks that help.

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