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peacemummy123 Mon 25-Jan-16 14:33:24

My DD is 3 and is struggling to communicate with us. What can I do to help and stop her feeling so frustrated?

yummymummy789 Mon 25-Jan-16 14:42:28

i think that maybe you should give her a little bit of understanding instead of jumping to conclusions. are you reading with her? what kind of communication is it that she seems to be struggling with?? xoxo

ToInfinity Mon 25-Jan-16 14:43:36

Speak to your health visitor, who will come and observe her at home and may be able to refer her to a speech therapist if appropriate.
I think it's probably worth speaking to someone if you're concerned, the earlier you can get any help needed the better!

yummymummy789 Mon 25-Jan-16 14:47:43

i think that before you take the child to a therapist (which will scare her) i think you should try and communicate with your child instead of shipping the problem off to a 'specialist'. communicate you care and nurture first.

ToInfinity Mon 25-Jan-16 16:59:54

Yummy why will a Speech Therapist scare her daughter?

Bethmo Mon 25-Jan-16 17:39:18

Hi peacemummy,

A speech therapist could be useful (I am one) to help you unpick your child's communication and possible difficulties. You could contact your local service directly - some services take referrals straight form parents, or you could go via your health visitor/GP. Some services also work with children's centres so it may be worth checking your local one out. Speech therapists generally try to not be scary people - we have lots of toys and spend a lot of time making sure the children we work with are comfortable and happy at all times. Please don't be put off - we're in this business to help!

A little bit of advice for you in the meantime - try to make sure that the language you use with your child is as simple as possible to ensure she understands you, and support her communication by giving her choice and visuals to help her communicate with you. e.g. if you ask her what snack she would like, have an apple/pear/banana available to let her make a choice between them.

All the best smile

peacemummy123 Mon 01-Feb-16 20:15:51

Thank you for your advice smile

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