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susan198130 Sat 31-Mar-18 09:40:40

Hi. My son is 5, will be 6 in July, and I'm wondering if he needs speech therapy.

When my son speaks, he often seems to struggle getting his words out and will leave huge, long silences where he's trying to find the right words. Often, it just ends up with him not finishing the sentence.

He's already had speech therapy when he was 3-4 years old, but this was more to help him with socialising because he just wouldn't interact with any of the children when he was at nursery. They didn't really do much with him, just ran through if he knew what emotions were, if he could tell them what animal was on a picture, things like that. They discharged him because they said that there wasn't really anything more they could do for him because, in their opinion his speech is fine.

I had mentioned to them then that he left these long gaps and seemed to struggle sometimes to form a full sentence. That's not to say that he can't form sentences, he can, but he gets stuck a lot. They asked me if he was stuttering and it's not that. I mean, he may do occasionally where he's trying to think of the right word, but it's definitely not a stutter problem.

I've spoken to his school about it to see what they think, and they've not noticed a problem with his speech, but I think he's quite a quiet child anyway so maybe they've not had proper conversations with him. He's in year 1 though so I can't imagine that's the case. The SENCO at his school said to let her know in a few months if I still think this is a problem and she can get him referred.

Do you think I should go about getting some help for him as he definitely doesn't talk anywhere near as good as his school friends of the same age? Or is it normal for kids of this age to sometimes struggle? I know they always say don't compare children, but I just worry that it could affect his friendships if he's not able to fully and easily communicate.

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JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 31-Mar-18 19:35:42

I think it’s definitelty worth getting him referred, in lots of areas you can self refer. If they don’t think it’s a SLT problem you coukd ask for a referral to a Paeditrician for an assessment smile

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