What can I do to improve my 4 year olds speech?

Ashley - posted on 08/19/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 4 in July and his speech isn't all the way there. I can understand what he says most of the time, but when he really wants to sit down and talk, you can't understand a word. I've tried making index cards with words and pictures on it, and he'll sit for a minute and do the cards with me, but then he gets up and starts running around and I can't get him to sit still after that. Does anyone have any suggestions with what I can do to improve his speech before he starts school next year?

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Michelle - posted on 08/21/2011

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See if he can get an IEP(in school and they were coded differently when they were younger) or whatever they call it in your area. Three of my four boys have had speech help and I had help, too (when I was three and older). My youngest only needed speech for a year and my twins had speech for 7 years. It can only help your child. I found with my twins that when they were writing they would write how they spoke. So if they spoke a word incorrectly they would spell the word incorrectly. As their speech improved so did their reading and writing skills. Getting your child help will only help him in the long run.



Good luck!

Louise - posted on 08/20/2011

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If you can not understand your son and he is four then you need professional help from a speech therapist. The therapist will give you simple games to play with him to encourage his speech. The quicker you get him on the waiting list the sooner he will be able to see the speech therapist. In the mean time try to make things fun with him. If he can not sit still to do cards then sing rhymes with him. being a boy he will like the activity rhymes like row row the boat. Give him lots of encouragement like big smiles and lots of eye contact. Sing these rhymes over and over again and eventually he will copy you to join in with the game.

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