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Phonics, Language and Attention - Advice please

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BlahBlahYackedySmackedy Tue 29-Jul-14 09:13:05

I'm aware there is probably loads of information about this but thought I would start fresh. My DD is 3yr and has just been assessed by SALT and referred for therapy. I was wondering if anyone had any advice.
She is behind for her phonics, as she makes a lot of mistake such as saying tat for cat, nouse for mouse, tark for park etc etc. She also has little spontaneous speech and when asked a question usually answers with yes straight away (sometimes she will later elaborate after thinking about it after the initial yes). A lot of her answers when not saying yes appear rote learned, i.e. she can give her name but only when asked in a particular way, or she'll try to distract you by singing or going off topic or just go silent/walk off. She only asks one question, "what are you doing" and repeats this several times despite being answered every time. I don't know why she has these problems as we talk and read a lot with her, but she seems to get bored easily of this and it is difficult to maintain her attention. Nursery have identified problems with attention and concentration. It is frustrating at times and it makes me really upset to hear her peers speaking well and asking questions. Does anyone have any information and/or advice?

alardi Tue 29-Jul-14 09:27:19

Is she a just 3 or nearly 4?
I think she'll need a full assessment to have firm answers, sorry. Speech isn't so hard to remedy. What is her comprehension like if you ask her to do things?

TeWiSavesTheDay Tue 29-Jul-14 09:31:21

Did she have a detailed hearing test?

TeWiSavesTheDay Tue 29-Jul-14 09:31:39

Did she have a detailed hearing test?

BlahBlahYackedySmackedy Tue 29-Jul-14 09:34:22

She's 3yr3mo. Her comprehension is good and she understands almost everything we ask of her. She may need telling several times however!

BlahBlahYackedySmackedy Tue 29-Jul-14 09:35:05

She had a regular hearing test, where she had to put people in a boat when the note was made, and she passed that.

alardi Tue 29-Jul-14 10:04:33

It's a very good sign that her comprehension is good. I know it's a worry & a faff, but push for the referrals & the expert advice you will get tailored to where her speech is at and whether she has a hearing problem. A big part of it may be personality (if she's shy). Good luck.

TeWiSavesTheDay Tue 29-Jul-14 10:08:29

Okay smile I can't tell you about SALT provision because I'm still waiting for my DSs Appointment!
Have the nurserys SENCO suggested anything? If it helps: Ours asked us to get a 2nd copy of everything from the SALT so they can use the same materials in nursery sessions. They also talked about Using makaton with him and doing small group sessions to practice the things he struggles with.

BlahBlahYackedySmackedy Tue 29-Jul-14 11:53:33

Nursery have been really good. The lady at the SALT assessment gave a book about "Mr Tongue" which has tongue exercises in. She gave me a 2nd copy for nursery. But they appear to be working with DD for both her language and attention.

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