Influence of other languages

Lulu - posted on 04/01/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 4 years 3 months old. His speech is delayed and cannot construct a full sentence. It's been very worrying and frustrating for him as well especially when we cannot understand what he's trying to say. We enrolled him at a school where theres an in-house Speech Therapist and Occupational Therapist. We have a home program which helps him a lot but sometimes I get very worried as his mum. We also took him to a Neurologist and there were no signs of brain injury, autistic disorder, etc. We speak English with him but at his previous Nursery, other languages were used. I'm a bit concerned because he will be starting school soon!
Lulu

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Ruth - posted on 04/30/2010

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Hi, sorry it took me so long to reply! I live in Cape town, so I understand the whole language thing! I think maybe you are right about the language just being a bit confusing for him because there are so many around him at this stage. But I think if you consistently speak one language to him at home so that he can become confident in that language, then you can start introducing the other language(s) to him. But remember, this is the best age for learning languages. It is all going in, his brain is sorting it out, and also being a boy, they tend to start talking later. Perhaps going to a paed might not be a bad idea anyway, just to rule anything serious out. Hope this helped!

Lulu - posted on 04/08/2010

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Hi Ruth! Thanks for your reply. We live in Gauteng, a Province in South Africa which has all eleven official languages spoken, ie. English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Seswati, Ndebele, Setswana, Sepedi, Sesotho, Xitsonga and TshiVenda. He's still at creche (pre-school). Our home language is Xhosa however we speak English to him so that he can learn more vocabulary. He speaks very few words and I think that is late for a 4-year old. At his Nursery, kids are from different backgrounds, cultures, etc so I think the confusion started there - I don't know Ruth, I may be wrong.

Ruth - posted on 04/01/2010

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Hi - when you say other languages, which ones? What Grade will he be starting soon? Where about do you live? Sorry for all the questions, just want to understand a bit more first. When you say his speech is delayed, do you mean he started late? What can he say now?

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