my son is 3 and only just starting to put sentences together, is this normal?

Vicky - posted on 06/10/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my son is 3 and only just starting to put sentences together, is he behind others his age?

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Shannon - posted on 06/12/2012

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Hi Vicky! I'm not an expert at speech or child development, but I am a mom of two (my oldest is 3) and I've been a nanny, camp counselor and a preschool teacher in the past. I taught in a 2 year old class, so all of my students turned 3 by the end of the school year. 8/10 of my students the last year that I taught were speaking in full sentences by 2-2.5 years, but not always clearly. Out of the other two students, one was Cambodian, so English was not native to him. The other student was developmentally slow on many levels, but we never did get a resolve with him, as his parents were not very cooperative.

Is your son struggling in any other areas of development? Gross motor skills like running, jumping, walking down stairs? Fine motor skills like cutting with scissors, putting together puzzles? Social development like separating from you, playing with friends? If not, than I wouldn't stress too much about his speech! Definitely bring it up to his pediatrician though.

My 3 year old has been speaking in full sentences since she was about 2, but not necessarily clearly. She also developed a stutter 4 months shy of her 3rd birthday. We've chosen not to pursue any therapy at this point because she already has a complex about it. We don't want to bring even more attention to her stuttering! Just as I'm sure she will grow out of her stuttering, I would be willing to bet that your son will improve his speech through time.

Good luck!!

Dove - posted on 06/11/2012

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I'd probably get him evaluated. If the speech therapist doesn't see a problem then you've eased your worry. If he/she DOES... then you can get him the help he needs.

My youngest was speaking in paragraphs by 2.5, but was mispronouncing a lot of sounds. His delay was not enough to qualify for Easter Seals (0-3), but when he turned 3 he qualified for the next step up program based on the 'F' sound alone. 6 months at twice a month and not only did he get that sound down, but a few others came along the way as well.

Vicky - posted on 06/11/2012

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He knows his words but either doesnt speak clearly or only uses 3 to 4 words.

Kelina - posted on 06/11/2012

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according to the doctors-yes. But don't let that bother you. My son was the same way, he had next to no words up until he was about 33 months and then started learning words like crazy. Just after his thrid birthday I think he started putting together two word sentences with LOTS of coaching from daddy, and then suddenly exploded and is now talking in five or six word sentences. They don't always make sense lol, but they're sentences! If you're really worried, take him to his doctor and see if you can get him evaluated by a speech therapist.

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