my 3 yr old son has speech delays does anyone have any advice or in a similar situation?

Krystal - posted on 05/26/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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when my son was 2 i noticed he wasnt speaking much he is now 3 and a half yrs old and speaks jargen talk but has improved with his speech he can say upto 80 words he sees a speech therapist once a week does any mum have any advice or in a similar situation would be a great help.

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Megan - posted on 10/27/2012

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My son is now 3 yrs old and he has been doing speech therapy since he was 1 and half years old... He started talking though when he was like 6 months old saying simple but clear things; Mom, dad, ba-ba, toy, dog, bye, night, eat, car... Then when he was 13 months old me and his father split up. Two weeks after we split up he stopped talking... So I said well he is just not wanting to talk... Then when he hit 18 months old and was still not talking I put him into speech therapy. He has been in speech therapy ever since and now he is 3 yrs old and he says one word syllabulls but not the whole word, if it is more then 4 letters long it is not coming out of his mouth. No matter how many times I repeat the word and show it to him. I have tried reading to him and showing him the words in book but that did not help. But a few weeks ago I decided to start showing him how to do sign language... and now he can do almost 10 words in sign language and he is starting to say the words as he signs them. So that might help anyone who is having a problem with getting their child to talk.

Helen - posted on 05/29/2011

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Hi, I have a son who is 7 now and he started having trouble with speech when he was 2. He said very few words and mostly pointed to stuff he wanted. He had started speech therapy when he was 2 and now he can talk fine and read full books. He also does great in spelling and vocabulary in school. So be hopefully with a little work your child will be talking your ear off in no time!

Philippa - posted on 05/29/2011

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Hi, My son has just turned 4 and i'm in the same situation. I can't really offer anymore advice than Sarah and Jennifer already have but just wanted to let you know you're definately not on your own. My son has a vocab of about 100 words but will not put sentences together and still isn't totally clear with some of the words he is saying. he has come out with a lot more words since he started nursery and school (mainstream), but like many other children he doesn't like to co-operate when he's actually in the speech therapy sessions! just be patient with him and give him lots of support. Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 05/27/2011

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Hi I can say i was/am in the same situation as you. By the time my son was 2 i had him in speech therapy although he was too young and we had to start again when he was 2 and a half. He had his own language and it wasn't jibberish as most people thought. If i asked him a question he would say the same thing even after asking about 5 times. He will be 5 in August and sees a speech therapist weekly and has for over 2 years. My son is improving but has been alot work. We would do the same as Jennifer and always offer choices and talk about everthing. Put his favourite things out of reach so he has to use his words to ask for it. I would say just keep up with the speech therapy and if they give you homework then make sure you do it as sometimes they won't cooperate in the room but at home with more understanding. Just be patient and give him time to respond and speek clearly when talking to him. Hope you find something encouraging and good luck.

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My school district has a special preschool for kids with delays, but they have to be tested or recommended to make sure they're behind enough to qualify for it. You might also be able to put him in Head Start. My son is a lot younger, but when he was behind a little, I was told to pick one word a day to work on and repeat it as often as possible by pointing at the object or picture of it etc.

Jennifer - posted on 05/26/2011

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My son will be two in a couple of weeks and has no vocab other then Mama. He also works with a speech therapist who is teaching him sign language. I am learning it too. Mostly things like "more" "eat" "thirsty" "hungry" It's very easy. She also has me hold item such as a toy car next to my mouth and repeat what the item is three times so he can watch me say it while he looks at the item. I give him choices during the day such as a cookie or yogurt and let him pick but I always repeat what I am offering to him. I hope some of this can help. I know how frustrating it can be when communication is limited but I just keep telling myself that one day he will have a language explosion. Good luck.

Firebird - posted on 05/26/2011

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Ask the speech pathologist if there are any exercises you can do at home to help him.

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