My son is having speach problems, any suggestions?

OZLEM - posted on 05/20/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 3 and he is still having hard time talking, he' words are not clear as they should be. Also having hard time making sentances.

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Megan - posted on 05/20/2009

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My duaghter had a delay at 18months, and was becomming very frustrated because of it. We got speech therapy involved & within 6 months was talking at a 36month level. Her frustration levels significantly decreased, & we were all much happier. One of the suggestions the speech therapist gave us was to switch from sippie cups to cups w/ straws & to give her thick shakes to suck thru the thin straws. They said this & licking activities (like licking a popcicle), would improve oralmotor control & improve her speech articulation. Good luck.

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Sades - posted on 07/23/2011

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my son is pretty much the same and he is going to be 4yrs old in 2mths which also worries me as a mom especially because he is my first child and the problem that i am having with my son is that he is not really speaking he just blabbers away which makes no sense he only knows a few words but then again he does have 3languages going on and understand them pretty okay....hope this helps...and at times i do worry but i keep being told that he will talk sooner then later he will just be delayed in talking due to the different languages....

Julie - posted on 07/17/2011

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when my daughter was 2 and half she had her tonsils and adanoids out (she couldnt speak before ) then we took her to a speach therapist who told me to basicaly repeat every thing back to her. if she wants something (which she couldnt communicate before) then pick up the juice and say "do you want juice" "here is your juice" if she said anything "thats a cow" i would then say "yes that is a cow" you are basicaly teaching him to speak the words and put them into a sentence at the same time. hearing you repeat a word will tell him if he has said it correctly. dont use slang or abreviations always say the correct full version of the word and sentence. 6 months after her op we couldnt shut her up i almost asked the doctors to put them back in LOL. once she could tell us what she wanted her behaviour improved a llittle as well because she was no longer frustrated trying to tell us what she wanted.

Johana - posted on 05/20/2009

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All I can advise is be supportive... Don't make a big deal out of the speech problem. it makes them very self aware. Speech therapy as soon as you can... My son had issues til he was 7..... Also, make sure his hearing is tested properly...sometimes the speak how they hear things and if they have hearing problems it might be part of the problem...

Jennifer - posted on 05/20/2009

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Find out if you have an Early Intervention program in your area. I would think the pediatrician would know. We just got involved in this. My son is 2 yrs and 4 months. They will come to your house and do an assessment on your son (for free!) to see if he is over 30% delayed. If so, they will reccomend speech therapy. The speech therapist also comes to you in your house. They work on a sliding scale of your family's income as well, so it is very affordable if your son requires speech therapy. Through this program, we also found out that my son is not walking correctly and it is causing him some trouble in running and doing stairs, so we will be doing physical therapy as well. This is something I never would have caught without the Early Intervention Program. They only work with kids under 3 so get to work on it right away. I think after they turn 3, they refer your child to your local school district.

Christin - posted on 05/20/2009

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the earlier you catch it i may also add the better since he is at a better chance of catching up to his peers

Wilma - posted on 05/20/2009

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My son didn't speak at all at the age of 3. We sought help from our doctor and ended up getting him speech therepy and occupational therepy. He also Went to special education in our school system. He is now 15 in high school and is doing fine. Good luck with it all. Hold on to all your dreams for him as there can always be a wonderful life for him.

Christin - posted on 05/20/2009

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since he is almost three contact your local school district, as they are the ones who do testing starting at three. they can tell you who to contact for the actual testing, my son is in the same boat so i feel for you

Tamika - posted on 05/20/2009

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My best friend had this same issue and she had a speech therapist with him and in a few months he was fine. Don't worry.

Jennifer - posted on 05/20/2009

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My oldest son is delayed in his speech. At his 2 year doctor visit his doctor didn't think he said enough words for his age and what he did say was still mostly mush so that I was really the only one who knew what he was saying. If his doctor hasn't refered him to a early intervention you should get on that. My son was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. He is now enrolled in a special needs preschool and gets speech and occupational therapies. He talks more now, but still not always very clearly. He is 4 now. Good luck to you and him!

Cheri - posted on 05/20/2009

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I would suggest taking him to the doctors to rule out any problems. It is possible that if he is having speech problems it could be be related to hearing difficulties. I don't think you should be overly concerened being he is only 3, but it never hurts to get him checked out, that way if there is a problem you can catch it early.

Shawn - posted on 05/20/2009

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My son was diagnosed by his pediatrician with a speech delay at the age of 2 1/2 -3 years old. The pediatrician referred me to a specialist who confirmed my son had a 6 month speech delay. As a result, I contacted a local early childhood education (such as Head Start program) or pre-kindergarten agency and ask them if they conduct developmental screenings...and take your child to the screening. They will work with the child to see exactly where his speech skills are lacking. With my son, the local Head Start agency allowed me to enroll my son in their program based on the screening results. He has made significant improvement! Good luck!

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