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Is preschool the answer?

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chuckeyegg Tue 14-Jul-09 22:36:06

I have a very shy and sensitive 2.8 month old who has a speech delay, he sees a pediatrian who seems to think preschool would be the answer to all his problems. I feel very unconvinced by this advice.

Any thoughts or experiences gratefully recieved.

Many thanks.

smellen Tue 14-Jul-09 22:38:19

FWIW, my DS hated PS at 2.6mths (well, cryed when I left etc.), and was "ready" for it at 3 (ran in, with never a backward glance). At 3 and a half, he loves it. If you feel your LO would be better off waiting another 6 or 12 mths before attending (or even not at all), so be it - you're his mum, not a pediatrician who has read it out of text books.

smellen Tue 14-Jul-09 22:39:37

Mother and toddler groups are a nice way to ease kids into social settings - with someone to back them up on hand all the time. Similarly, you could organise visits from and to other small children's homes, where your LO could learn to play with others in a calmer and quieter environment, and you would be able to keep a discrete eye on things.

moomaa Tue 14-Jul-09 22:40:17

Go have a look at some, do some stay and play at one you like and see how your lo gets on with it.

Not sure that it will be the answer to things but worth a try?

KristinaM Tue 14-Jul-09 22:45:44

i have a non shy and non sensititive 3.5yo who has no official speech delay but whose speech is very unclear. he soemtimes gets frustrated at nursery as often the other children cant understand him. it was probably easier at 2.5 as only a minority of children are clear fluent speakers at this age

i guess it depends how his shy persoanlity will cope in the group situation

and whether he will end up being left out by the others because they cant understand him

or maybe his speeech will improve dramatically by mixing more with other children

but i guess if nursery was the answer to all speech problems then there woulndt be any SALTs working with pre schoolers, woudl there?

danthe4th Tue 14-Jul-09 22:47:49

He's 2.8 years old,they don't all talk and have bags of confidence at that age. Be patient go with your instincts. If you don't think he's ready don't do it,he'll get more frustrated trying to make strangers understand what he wants etc. My son was referred to a speech therapist at 3, developed a stutter at 3/4 and went to school speaking fine at 4 and half.
go with the advice already given thats the best you can do for him.

chuckeyegg Wed 15-Jul-09 20:42:23

Thank you so much for your replies. I have decided not to start him in September and maybe to start him after the half term.


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