late talker

Pooja - posted on 08/09/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 years old and he hardly speaks a single word. He's unable to form full sentences whenever I try to communicate with him. He just ignores me and acts like he is not listening. Should I take him to speech therapy?

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Dove - posted on 08/09/2015

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He needs to have his hearing tested and then a full evaluation to see what sort of therapy he needs to help him.

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Jensonw - posted on 08/17/2015

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Oh, my goodness! That is a lot of advice. My son did this at 3 years old, too. He still doesn't listen very well. However, he's reading at 5th grade level in first grade. Some kids are this way, especially boys. My recommendation is the following:
1) Notify your pediatrician and tell her/him of your concerns. This will likely led you to a referral to (a) hearing center and (b) developmental pediatrician. My recommendation is to get the referral for developmental pediatrician during the visit. (Wait list is 1-2 years.)

2) Start saving your money now and get early intervention from Lindamood-Bell Learning Center. They do more than give your kid a headstart at age 4, but changes how they think and picture things. This in turn will help him listen to you better down the line.

3) Relax. After you've done, there's not much else you can do until 7 year old to get him tested for auditory processing disorder.

4) Enjoy your son! Toddlerhood goes by fast! I wished I enjoyed him as much as should when he was little as I should have, instead of worrying about him too much.

Good luck! P.S. I am a former Special Educator. This is why I know this.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/13/2015

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No, take him to Regional Center they will take a series of different types of test, to diagnose him, and they will either qualify him or give you information on steps you need to do for him to get the proper care for him. Though if qualifies they will support him with everything he needs, like a speech patholigest, in home therapist ect ect... Please take him you will get the help you need.
This comes from a mother that was once in your shoes. Good luck.

Alicia - posted on 08/13/2015

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The best way to start is asking your pediatrician for the referral for speech therapy and where you should go to have him tested. They will check his hearing there, as well as several other factors.

Next, call your local public elementary school or the school board and ask for their speech therapy evaluation team. It may mean a second evaluation, but if you can receive free therapy through your local school system then definitely do it. (I will add that we attend private school, but are still entitled to the service.)

My son was non-verbal at 3 1/2. Between speech therapy and his amazing preschool teacher, a year later he was not only talking but fully reading on his own. You both will be a lot happier so definitely talk to your doc and start this procedure soon.

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