Troublesom 3's

Gemma - posted on 11/13/2008 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 year old son Jack that i love so much. He is a proper little character, when he's happy he has the most gorgeous smile and infectious giggle. Jack is a very bright child, only needs to see something done once and he can do it! But still doesnt talk. Still waiting for speech therepy 8 months down the line, Been told he has speech and language disorder and because its taking them so long to help him its going to take years rather then months to sort out problem. Thats if they can sort it! I dont know if this is part of the major temper out bursts he has. I get very tired trying to keep up with him as he is on the go from the moment he gets up sometime 5:30am usually 6;30am until 7pm. I also have a daughter who is 7 months, Jack is very good with her most of the time! Am i the only one that is strugglerling with a 3 year old?

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Gemma - posted on 11/14/2008

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Thank you very much for your reply. I think that it is incredible that even when we ask for help for our children that we are pushed from pillar to post. All i keep being told is there is a shortage of speech therapist's. I cant see how it is up to the school district, I could understand a little more if a child was at primary school! We have been waiting & are still waiting for an appointment for speech therapy although other mothers i know have only had to wait no more then 4-6 months for speech therapy for their child.

Jack is very stubborn & will only do things when he wants to which is going to make the whole learning process longer. The thing that makes me laugh that he spoke better at 18 months then he does now and when i asked what they thought could have delayed him the reply came they "think he decided he didn't want to talk", How mad is that?!!!!!! Jack communicates better with older children tehn he does with the same age & younger but i think it because they do the talking for him.

It is to late for Jack to start at the nursery that has a speech & language unit so now his pediatrician has informed us that he will now be considered for school that deals with children with all disabilities, if this is going to get he the help he needs to catch up we have to do the best thing by Jack. I just feel a little sad that he might not be starting at the same school as his friends from preschool.

The preschool he attends have been a great support, they teach a little makaton sign language ( which the pediatrician has told us would be good to learn and to teach Jack). The preschool has also just been notified that they are getting funding for extra help for Jack, hopefully this will help him along a bit faster.

It is so good to here that your little'n is getting on better no thanks to the nhs, lol.

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I also have a 3 year old with speech delay. I was told by her pediatrician that at 3 years old, it is up to the school district to get her into speech therapy and am frustrated. She began a montessori preschool last June and I'm finally seeing some improvements. She is singing songs and talking more, although not in complete sentences yet and not easily understood by most but I KNOW she is bright as she too, displays her intellectual capabilities during her playtime and at school. Although I am concerned that she doesn't communicate like others her age (and even younger) I feel she is doing fine as she listens and understands several steps in completing tasks (or jobs as her school calls them). I'm hoping she will she catch up.

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