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19/07/2013 at 11:52
I've been talking to the HV this morning about slight concerns I have about A's speech (she'll be 3 middle of August) she's got a good vocabulary and talks in sentences but her pronounciation of words isn't great. H says it sounds like she's a bit tongue tied. Quite often other people can't understand what she's saying (I nearly always can). Also she had an ear infection a few weeks ago and I've noticed since then that if she isn't looking at me then she often doesn't appear to hear me talking to her. So the HV has booked her in for a hearing test (said could be possible glue ear) and an appointment for us to see the speech therapist. Does anyone have any experience of this? Ava isn't great at talking to strangers so I'm worried about if she'll 'perform' for the speech therapist! The HV said it could just be something she grows out of but because she's starting school after next Easter I would rather address any problems now as I don't want her to struggle at school.
19/07/2013 at 12:39
C had hearing tests due to poor speech, as well as speech therapy.
He too didn't like talking to strangers, so speech therapy was hard going. It was only at Nursery that his speech improved, as he became more and more familiar with the staff.
The only good thing that came from speech therapy sessions, was different activities/excercises to do at home, but there are probably loads available online now.
19/07/2013 at 12:56
Ah that's what I'm worried about AK, if she won't talk in front of the therapist then she won't get anything out of it will she?! So you think C's speech naturally improved on it's own then and with you practising with him at home?
19/07/2013 at 13:46
Most definitely. The Nursery staff worked with him on his speech too, which worked well.
I had numerous meetings with them, and we co ordinated the work we were doing with him.
It is worth going to speech therapy to pick up hints and tips.
If they mis-pronounce something, you repeat the word correctly, and praise them. Like C would say "ook" instead of milk, so I would say "milk, well done" that sort of thing.
19/07/2013 at 14:41
Thanks AK that's really helpful. She was saying 'pushion' this morning and I kept trying to get her to say 'cushion' but she seems to have trouble with words beginning with 'c'. I don't think it's anything serious but with her starting school next year I 'd rather get her help now so she's not at a disadvantage when she starts school. Thanks for your input.
19/07/2013 at 16:23
Also, if they say things wrong, don't say "no, that's wrong. Say it like this *insert word*" as it knocks their confidence, and are more likely to learn the correct pronunciation from you repeating it, and praise. Took me ages to get used to doing that, and am having to do it again with my SS. H was a bugger for saying "no, you are saying it wrong", so then SS would clam up.
Hope the Speech therapy helps. I know how you feel, but they get there eventually.
19/07/2013 at 18:27
Thanks I do try not to say 'that's wrong' and I just say the word correctly instead. Thank you for your help.
19/07/2013 at 18:29
Itd do no harm to ask about speech therapy. My son goes for different reasons and be has a very good relationship with his therapist.
19/07/2013 at 18:35
Thanks CK, that was my thinking, go for the 1st session and if she needs no further 'treatment' and will just improve over time then I'm fine with that, I just wanted to sort out any potential problems before school. Glad your son is getting a lot out of his sessions.
20/07/2013 at 01:06
Hi Frankie, I am usually over on the ttc board but was lurking and saw this so thought I would reply as I am a Speech Language Therapist myself. Not being able to use a c/k sound correctly at that age is pretty normal but if she is generally hard to understand its worth getting an assessment by a therapist. Talking is a complex process and there are many different reasons why children may have difficulties in this area. A Speech Language Therapist will be able to advise you specifically about your child's needs and whether it is something that may resolve or needs specific support. She is still very young so it might be a case of assessment and then advice/guidance.
In terms of the 'performing for the therapist' bit - assessment with children that age would be very informal and all through play. The Speech Language Therapist will be more than used to children who may be shy or not say very much and will know how to approach this so don't worry about that. Part of the assessment is also likely to involve getting information from you around her early development, milestones, family history of any speech/hearing/learning difficulties, how she communicates in different situations e.g. home/pre-school etc. I also wouldn't be surprised if you have to wait a while for the appointment. I currently work over seas so don't know exactly, and different areas operate their services a bit differently, but there may well be a waiting list.
Hope it all goes ok for you.
20/07/2013 at 07:38
Thank you Diamonds for taking the time to reply and reassure me. I think I'm only concerned because my other 2 children have always been excellent with their speech - my younger daughter is 12 months younger and says words clearer than A.
It's reassuring that the therapist will be prepared for overly shy children. I am thinking it will probably just be that I'm given some tips and advice on how to improve her pronounciation at home. Thanks again.
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