I have a son that turned 3 in October. He is smaller than most 3 year olds and not quite as articulate as most. He continually has issues at school, hitting teachers, throwing chairs, etc. I'm trying to find the root of the problem. Could be the teachers, but he's behaved this way in each of his rooms (1yr, 2yr, and now 3yr old room). He does act out at home at times as well. I'm trying to think if it's possible that he's frustrated that he can't use his words to express himself or if he needs help only a doctor can provide. Is this normal? Does he need speech therapy perhaps? Just not quite sure what to do.

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Leslee - posted on 10/04/2011

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I am in the exact same boat plus I am a kindergarten teacher. So my advice is to start back up the speech and language once your husband is back to health. It definitley won't hurt and should he develop rapidly, as I keep hearing of the 2 y.o. language explosion, you can be happy knowing that you tried something instead of waiting for him to catch up. I've always thought being safer than sorry is best. My son is only saying a few words himself and turned 2 two weeks ago. He is in the early intervention in our area in which one day a speech therapist cmes for an hour to our home and one day he and daddy go to a center based program for an hour and a half. My son has grown leaps and bounds in the last 6 months since the initial testing and might not qualify come the end of the school year, but I didn't want to sit and wait without trying. Good luck and keep reading and having him read to you. Yes even at 2.

Kara - posted on 12/19/2008

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Thanks so much to all of you that have responded! I talked to the director of the daycare and he said they will be having a speech therapist soon to help with children that have speech issues. However, my husband's going to be having surgery where he'll be out for 1-3 months so we're pulling my son out of daycare to help cut expenses. I'll be contacting his doctor tomorrow to see what might be available and I'll probably check alittle on the web tonight as well to see what is available through the district/state...Thanks again!

Michelle - posted on 12/19/2008

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my son wasn't talking alot either when he first started daycare in sept. in GA, we also have an early intervention system called Babies Can't Wait. as long as ur child is evaluated before 3, there is no out of pocket expense. he was evaluated by them and by a speech therapist at the local elementary school. but by the time he was evaluated by the speech therapist, he had begun talking in sentences so he didn't qualify. i would certainly look into some form of early intervention if ur concerned.

Sarah - posted on 12/19/2008

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Kara, this is a tough situation. I started my son in speech therapy at 20 months, and though many said it was too early, I have seen an amazing difference in the six months since we have started treatment. Some wold say tht he was just ready to talk, and that may be true, but I figure if there is something we can do to make their job (learning) easier, we should do that.



In Washington state, they have a free early intervention program that is just awesome, but it is for ages 0-3. The evaluation was done in our home, as is the therapy. The therapist comes to our home each Monday at 10:30 am and spends a hour with my little guy. He looks forward to it every week.



There are programs in place to help you, Kara, but you just need to find them. Call the school district - not the school, and ask what programs they have. I know they can help you.

Sarah - posted on 12/19/2008

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my 8 year old showed some of the same signs...definately ask for an evaluation....in kindergarten he was diagnosed with language impairments in all four areas of development.plus ahdh...the earlier you catch it the better..and don't be discouraged it is easily controlled with extra one on one attention and a diet change...mason will still get frustrated when he messes up his words or doesn't know exactly how to say something but i have noticed that each year that goes by he makes more & more progress without medication.

Darlene - posted on 12/19/2008

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they have something called early intervention through the state that covers children from 0-3yrs for speech and any other delay. At the age of 3 the the school system will have to take over for his speech. has he been evaluated by the school system or a speech and language center? if not i would look into it asap. ask school for a eval and set up a iep with them asap

Tiffany - posted on 12/19/2008

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At the ae of 2 my son wasn't in my opinion speaking enough I talked to my pediatrition and she suggested even though she wanted to give more time, getting him evaluated. In NY there is a free program that will come into your home and evaluate if he needs speach therapy or something else. You should look into this. even just talking to his doctor could be helpful. Maybe there is something else going on. one other thing is my son who is almost three gets out of hand when he is not being challenged enough. meaning if I am busy trying to get something around the house and he doesn't have something constructive to do he becomes restless and bored. good luck with everything!

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