my lo was 3 on the 30 sep.i wondered if i gave you some examples of his speech if you could tell me if he is within 'normal' limits as 2 of my freinds have boys the same age and one says she thinks he is fine [she has worked with lots of kids] and another who constantly says his speech is wrong and i should be worried etc. so an example would be 'me yant mine wogit peese' [me want my yoghurt please] and 'mine papa a seeyee beeyee he no understand me' [my papa is a silly billy he no understand me. now when he asks me for a wogit i do say oh You want a Yoghurt ok there you go ther is your Yoghurt etc ,we do play letters and he does have difficulty saying g,q and can say y and w independently for example he can say yes but he cant say yoghurt and he can say water but not want. he does have a very wide range of words[ i think] and can tell quite complex stories but i just wondered do i just keep doing as i am just repeating the correct way of saying it or should i be more worried and taking him to see someone
I'm not a SALT, but my 3 yr old has four words and we've seen two salts, for two blocks of therapy.. We're well an truly in the system thank goodness.
So, as a parent and not an expert, I'm just giving you my impression from what you say about your son.....he clearly has the inclination to communicate, and the urge to communicate is a very important factor. He already has in his head a 'label' (or word approximation) for a lot of nouns/words which shows he has gone beyond a certain stage of development. For ages my son couldn't attach a photo of something to that item iyswim.
So in that respect I can see what your friend means.
But from all the questions and tests we've had (baylee/griffiths/chat you name it) I think your son would be considered a priority if at 3 yrs old if his speech is unclear to everybody but his mother! He'd definitely benefit from SALT.
Take him to see a doctor as soon as you can. Probably, by the time you are refered, everything will have fallen into place. It can take a while to be refered, but just in case, I'd get the ball rolling if I were you. Afterall, if he has great speech at 5 he'll be away and flying at school, but if his speech doesn't 'normalise' 'til he's about 7, he could act quieter at school than he really is. It'd be better to act now really.
I was lucky because my son's late speech was picked up at 18 months and it all rolled from there, without me having to go looking for help.
Agree with Liffey, if you have doubts then have him referred as it can take ages (15 months for us , if when he gets his appointment they think he's fine then fantastic, if not you have got on the waiting list for the help he needs. Good luck!
thanks for your replies all of you but not everybody has difficulty in understanding him and that is why i wondered my dh is italian and we are bringing uop lo [trying anyway] billingual and so i do wonder if that has a bearing on his speech.
ah thankyou i did wonder .. when he had his 2 year developmental check i raised my concerns with the hv but she did say he was fine and that it was probably cos there were 2 languages spoken in the house which having read the link i now realise thats a lot of twaddle