My 3 year and 8 months old is not conversational… Please let me know your thoughts.

Keshnee - posted on 03/28/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 3years and 8 months old and still not conversational. He has a huge vocabulary and will only answer once asked a question. He understands instructions and loves going to nursery school. During my last parents meeting with his teacher, she had suggested taking him in for an assessment with a speech therapist since he is so unlike other kids of his age group. He loves school and pays full attention in class and is able to follow through on singing time and loves drawing. He has good pencil control, able to complete a puzzle, loves building block activities and he colors well too. He does play with others only if they invite him into their circle but its more parallel play rather than interactive. He does keep eye contact with the other kids while playing but would not say a word. He loves being with other kids and is always the only kid who can’t stop smiling at the community park. His teacher even suggested that he might have slight autism tendencies since he’s so delayed with his interactive speaking skills. She feels that its strange for a child his age to have willingness to learn and can memorize anything but does have the skills to talk or make a conversation at his age. Please advise if I should be seriously concerned or does he need more playdates???… he’s our only child and we have not managed to arrange many play dates for him apart from his time in nursery 5 times a week.

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Keshnee - posted on 03/28/2015

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Thank you Sarah… you are right about the assessment, I will look into the options. Speech therapy could also be beneficial and help him with his confidence. I do sometimes feel he might just be a quite child then there are times I am concerned again. I get all the more anxious since he is our first child.

Sarah - posted on 03/28/2015

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Having an assessment done is not going to harm your child and may give your more information to work with. Maybe he is just a quiet child, but you'd rather find out now if he could benefit from some speech therapy. You can have an assessment done thru the public school. Just contact the Dept. of Special Education and request your son be evaluated. They will ask you all sorts of questions and meet with you and your son and then you will have a better grasp on what to do next.

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Liza Jennifer - posted on 03/28/2015

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He could be very shy. My cousin Joseph didnt talk at all and everyome.was worried. He answered questions but otherwise he was so quiet from age 3 and all the way through 11 years old.Once he joined a sports team,.had more interaction in.school, school trios and had things in common, boardgames, trips to age appropriate movies, he began to talk more. Some children are deep thinkers and shy because they.are trying to find things to talk.about and they would rather be acrive, run around, play games, puzzkes or ride bikes, tricycles etc. An assessment is important and getting a speech thdrapist to help was great for my cousin to practice talking. He had jt three times a week.

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