Do any of your kids have a speech problem?

@seabeauty (1480)
United States
October 24, 2007 3:02pm CST
My 4 year old does. It is so hard to understand him. He had his ears checked so he doesn't have a hearing problem. He still points to stuff he wants or brings the item to me because he can't say what it is. I send him to a speech therapist twice a week , 1 day for 1 hour and the next day for 30 minutes. He doesn't seem to be improving much even with the therapist and with my husband and I making him tell us what he wants before we give it to him. He speaks like a child under the age of 2. It is quite frustrating. I wonder if there are other medical reasons he is not speaking well or if he is just really lazy. What are your thoughts?
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• United States
16 Nov 07
It has been several weeks since you posted, so hope you get this. I am a licensed speech language pathologist and work with a pediatric population. Your post doesn't state how or who diagnosed your son. At his age, and with his difficulties he should be fully evaluated, preferably by a multidisciplinary team of professionals who can assess the motor, cognitive, speech/language,and behavior areas. Often times a local university, child development clinic, or hospital is a good source. If insurance coverage or financial resources are an issue, then your local school district can also provide an evaluation of these areas. You don't mention in your post what type of care your child receives during the day......stay-home-parent, day care, in-home day care, etc. At his age and with his speech/language disorder diagnosis, he should be able to receive early childhood preschool services through your school district. Early childhood educators are generally well-versed in language development. In addition, the SLP you are currently working with should be providing specific language building activities to use at home. Dismiss the idea that your son may be lazy. More than likely, he's just as frustrated as you are. He's a lucky boy to have parents who are working so hard to help him. :)
@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
16 Nov 07
He was evaluated by a speech pathologist and we take him twice a week to see her. He is not in preschool at the moment because the preschool at his zoned elementary school only accepts children with disabilities like deafness etc. This other elementary school would have taken him but they wouldn't bus him because he is out of the district and I don't drive so there is no way for me to get him there. I am working with him at home, I have several activities the pathologist gave me to work with him at home. We make him say what he wants before we give it to him. He usually points or brings the food to me. I would like to keep him out of Kindergarten next year because I don't feel he will be understandable by then. The teacher can't work with him if she can't understand what he is saying know what I mean? I would like him to start the following year.
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@aowaow (1517)
• Indonesia
25 Oct 07
I myself at 6 years just can shoot out a sentence. What I had is just same your son did, based on my mom story. Everyone thought I will become a mute one. That time I was with my mom to watch store, in the store I saw some game watches. I pulled her dress to buy me that, only pointing it. She rejected and made excuses for me, then I got mad at that time. I feel very strong will inside like to burst it out all of my voices, I did, I shouted it out and cried after. After that, I could talk step by step. Then my mom promised me if I had good rank in my study, she will buy me that. I did on first rank. And so my speech become fluently spoken.
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@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
27 Oct 07
That must have been so frustrating. Thanks for your reply :)
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• Canada
24 Oct 07
My four and half year old twins have had a speech delay for quite a long time. They are just catching up now and they ahve been in speech therapy for almost 3 years. We have only seen definite progress over the last year. You mentioned that he had his ears check and doesn't have a hearing problem. That is good, but does he have recurrent ear infections. That can be a definite reason for speech delays. Have him see an ENT (ear, nose and throat doctor). My two both had tubes put in their ears and it has made a huge difference. At last year this time at 3 1/2, they had a speech delay of over 18 months behind. And were speaking well below a two year old level and were nearly imcomprehensible to almost everyone except my husband and myself. Now, they are in junior kindergarten twice a week, and are doing very well with their speech. They get re-evaluated in two weeks (our Speech program does 12 weeks on, 12 weeks off) and I'm guessing they'll prehaps need one to two more sessions. The speed they have progressed at is astonishing over the last year. Another help for us, was switching speech therapists last fall. If the therapist isn't working out, look to switch. I know how frustrating it is Good luck!
@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
27 Oct 07
Funny you mentioned switching therapists. The one he has now suggested we get someone to come to the home so that he will get the full benefit. The lady he sees is not able to give him the time he needs. Thanks for the reply :)
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• United States
24 Oct 07
I would talk to your son's neurologist about setting up a psych screening for Autism. It's not as scary as you might think it is. My son is eight and has Autism and it first presented in much the same way you're describing: acutely delayed speech, pointing at objects, lack of expressive language...any of this sound familiar? Does he get frustrated easily? Does he resist transitioning from one activity to another? Does he seem hyper-sensitive to certain sounds, lights or colors? Does he cause disruptions in public; is it hard to take him shopping or to a restaurant? Does he play with other children or just in parallel to them? Does he seem to gravitate toward adults better than kids his own age? If anything I mentioned sounds familiar, please get him evaluated. If he is on the Spectrum it sounds like he's likely a very high-functioning PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) and starting off his academic career with the right kind of aid will be very important for him. Again, don't be scared by the term. 1 in 150 kids are born somewhere on the Spectrum these days.
@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
25 Oct 07
He doesn't have any of the symptoms above, he is just hard to understand. Thanks for the info goin :)
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@drpriti (94)
• India
26 Oct 07
Please visit www.hhomeopathy.com,there are Homeopathic medicines which will help ur son.
@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
27 Oct 07
thanks, i'll check it out :)
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• Brazil
25 Oct 07
im not sure...but i think you should call a doctor to solve your's kid problem
@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
27 Oct 07
We will be getting a new therapist shortly. This one he has now cant give him the time he needs. thanks for commenting :)
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• United States
25 Oct 07
My son is three. He had speech therapy for 2 years. Now he is a preschool were a speech therapist works with him. He is doing alot better. I hop to catch him up before kindergarten.
@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
27 Oct 07
that is great ... he should have no problem catching up :
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