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I think Gwen has speech problems..

sunshine girls wrote: Gwen's only 2, but I'm finding it really hard to understand what she's saying sometimes. She's got a really good vocabulary, and Elle spoke very well when she was 2. But Gwen seems to always speak about everything as if it were in the present time, for example she was talking about how her and her dad were playing trains the other day and she would say "and we be building the track and them dad be pushing the train on it.." She also says train tway, no r sound, tracks tacks..she cant seem to say r's. she also says mommy molmy, drink gerink..theirs so many words she leaves letters out, any r word she doest say the r i actually dont think she can, and so many words she pronounces differently. I noticed it a while ago and thought shed say them differently but she only seems to get worse. She gets confused with her words to, she knows what she wants to say but she just struggles to get it out, like she cant think of the words she wants to use. Should I take her to a speak therapist or just leave it, I know most of 2 year olds dont speak perfectly, but Gwen is so hard to understand. Her dad has trouble, everyone does bar me because im with her all day so I know what shes saying, but now im having a bit of trouble..

CantWait replied: At two years old I'd say you don't have much to worry about. The fact that she's picking up the words is a good thing, and by what your saying is even speaking in sentences which is amazing. My two year old says a lot of words (some which I'm not proud of even), but no more then 3 word sentences at a time. Every child developes at his or her own rate, and so far it doesn't look like you have anything to be worried about. If you are really concerned about it, it won't hurt to consult with your family physician. Has Gwen gone for her 2 year well baby check?? Anthony hasn't gone for his yet, so maybe your doc will be able to tell you then.

sunshine girls replied: Yeah, she had a checkup 3 weeks ago, but I didnt metion her speech. I wouldnt be so worried, but she'll be 3 in just over a month and she seems to be regressing in her speech rather than progressing, it's just really got me worried that she doesnt say r's. Any r word she says she'll just not pronounce the r. It's really weird and its getting more noticable than it was a few weeks ago, alot of people are commenting on it.

I think I will take her to see our family doctor and see what he has to say, if he says it doesnt seem normal then i suppose he can recommend a speech therapist.

amymom replied: Bonnie, I would talk to the family doctor. I have some experience with speech problems. The 'r' sound is the LAST sound to develop so that is not a 'major ' concern. However, there are experts who can test for this. They will advise you best. It may not be a speech therapist that you start with.

Even though the 'r' sound is the last to develop I am not telling you to ignore it. I ignored my daughter's speech problems when people told me the k,l, and r sounds were the last to develop and I didn't need to worry (doctors too told me). It wasn't until other 4 year olds couldn't understand her and she was being left out of things that I realized and took action. My daughter tested out developmentally at 8+ years in all areas but speech, she was 4 1/2 years old and her speech was at a 2 year level.

I don't know where you are, but in New York State, my daughter's developmental testing, speech therapy and other items were all covered by the school system, even though she was not in school yet.

amynicole21 replied: Sophia will be 3 in a few weeks and doesn't say her R's either. Her sister Nora is perpetually Noah rolleyes.gif People get really confused with that one tongue.gif

If you feel as if things are getting worse, I might contact your ped for a speech consult referral. She does sound like she's within the normal range, though.

jcc64 replied: My son, who's now almost 10, still has difficulty with "r" sounds- profiency with this sound is not considered a delay until 4th grade, I believe. Your child will most likely not receive remediation for this reason alone. However, most states will provide free screenings for toddlers whose parents are concerned with all kinds of developmental delays. It's usually covered by Head Start or similiar types of county programs until the child turns 3, at which point the school system will take over. I would start by calling your local elementary school- they will refer you to the right place. By all means, have her tested if you're concerned, but in my experience, the delay has to be pretty significant to be covered by either the school or the county. Some health insurance companies will also cover private speech therapy. My son had noticable problems at your dd's age, I knew something was up with him, and unfortunately, I listened to everyone that told me he'd grow out of it. He didn't- and now at 10 he still has a problem. Follow your gut.

NummyMommy replied:
I wouldn't wait to get her evaluated....if you live in US then every state is required to provide free evaluations (theres usually an Early Intervention Program run by the county) and your Ped/family doctor will just send you there. I went through this with my first son and we did a lot of needless running around before I finally got him evaluated. They are usually very wonderful people and highly educated....their tests are complex and thorough. Its extremely hard to judge exactly where your child stands without the tests...even after 13 years I still rely on the reevaluations to judge how far he has come/has to go. Once your child is evaluated they will make recommendations based on the tests...if theres a problem you will be given a choice about what you want to do about it (if anything). Usually it ranges from speech therapy to a preschool setting run by a Special Ed. teacher (all of which are free). If the tests reveal that theres not a delay...usually the teachers who do the test will still give you pointers on how to bring her speech up to a level you feel comfortable with. I have seen kids go into Speech and Language classes at 3 and "graduate" before school time so early intervention is the key. The information for where to start is usually in the phone book government pages (county) but if you are unsure the county Health Dept. should have that information. You can also go to THIS PAGE for a list of resources for each state, which has websites and phone numbers. I know how hard it is to think maybe your child is behind hug.gif , I went through it, but at the very least you'll have a test that says shes fine. smile.gif

sunshine girls replied: Thanks for all your advice, I've made an appointment with our doctor to see what she say's about it and wheter their is anything to be concerned about. Jeanne, I think I will follow my gut on this one because I do think somethings up, like you did with your son.
Thanks again everyone, I'll let you know what my doctor say's.

MommyToAshley replied: I agree, it doesn't hurt anything to have her evaluated.. it may just give you some peace of mind. Just a thought, but have you had her hearing checked?

sunshine girls replied: She actually hasn't had her hearing checked since she before she was one. Are hearing problems genetic? My mother has worn a hearing aid since I was 7, and my neice and nephew both have hearing problems. I might ask about that too

maestra replied:
I would also call your local school district, just to have her evaulated if you wish. We love to catch any kinds of speech or learning disabilities early- it helps us make the most impace on the child, sometimes helping them get back to average speech before kindergarten.

mummy2girls replied: im goign through the same thing but jenna is almost 3. Im going to ask about it when i take her in to see her ped in october... We will see what he recomends.

julesmom replied: She might qualify for speech just based on articulation.

My dd will be 3 next week and we can barely understand her, and nothing more then 2 word sentences. She'll start speech therapy in Sept.

My middle ds qualified at 3, only based on articulation. He was speaking, but alot of people couldn't understand him. I think it's never too early to get them eval'd. My oldest ds started speech at 27mths!

sunshine girls replied: I took Gwen to our family doctor today and she said that their are alot of indications that Gwen isn't developing noramally with her speech. She made an appointment with a speech therapist and said that the therapist will scedule regualar appoinments, but we'll find all that out on Friday.
She said alot of things that would probably be really boring to read, but she did tell me it's good I bought her in to see if their was any need for concern. She said that alot of parents dont and their kids have speech problems when they're older.

NummyMommy replied:
I'm sorry she needs help but I'm glad you're getting it hug.gif Did the doctor mention getting her evaluated by an Early Intervention type program? If you live in the States there should be a free program through the county (and another program through the school district starting at age 3) that is set up to help children with developmental delays of all sorts. I would really encourage you to look into it in addition to the speech therapy. The Early Intervention programs are awesome...they have a variety of experts that evaluate your child and then if they are delayed they recommend a placement that is uniquely suited to your child. My son was in a Speech and Language 2 day a week class that worked on motor, social and cognitive skills as well as speech. I went every day with him and I learned a great deal about his problems and used what I learned at home. A lot of the kids in his class "graduated" before Kindergarten so I know these programs work. I know I am sounding pushy( I'm sorry blush.gif) I just think these programs are THAT great.

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