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Does or will my 3 year old need speech therapy?

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kelda Sat 13-Jul-13 07:04:27

As others have said, some children do this and will improve themselves. It's great that he has made some much progress in a short space of time.

Maybe you can phone a speech therapist and ask for advice? I think you have to self refer in the UK.

Read this about fronting - be reassured that many children at age three do this and correct themselves. Other children may need help.

Nevercan Sat 13-Jul-13 06:53:24

My dd1 4 was like this and in the last 6 months has started getting those types of word right. I even had her checked for tongue tie but it turned out just to be a time thing grin

topsyandturvy Sat 13-Jul-13 00:40:23

Just checked and my health authority is claiming appointments would be within 2-3 weeks of referral receipt. Not sure If this means the appt itself or the letter inviting you to make an apt, but either way doesn't sound too bad.

I might ring them for more info.

topsyandturvy Sat 13-Jul-13 00:35:10

How could I find out what the criteria are before going to the assessment?

selfesteem Fri 12-Jul-13 17:53:10

Speech therapy waiting lists are very long in some parts of the country so you are far better to self refer and then you can always decline by the time you get to the top of the list for assessment. You wont get therapy unless you meet the criteria at the assessment so it is far better to check this if you have any doubts. It will only take 45 minutes of your time. In my experience it causes a delay with learning phonics at school and school would much prefer it is sorted first.

topsyandturvy Thu 11-Jul-13 22:59:41

Thank you so much, this is what makes mumsnet so fab, thank you again!

Justawake Wed 10-Jul-13 13:17:00


I'm an slt (but on maternity leave at the mo). What you describe sounds ok to be honest particularly as his language has been delayed. it can sometimes take time for children to sort their sounds out. You should find his sounds will develop as he learns more words and sentences. If you are still worried at 4.5 to 5 years old then ask for a referral as this is often the best time to start think about sound work (he's very little at the moment) the only exception being if you can't understand him all the time or if he is geting very frustrated on a regular basis then I would ask for him to be seen sooner. Getting tenses wrong is normal at this age as well.

topsyandturvy Wed 10-Jul-13 11:58:19

My 3yr old was late to talk relatively speaking, saying about 2 or 3 words at the age of 2.

At 3.5years he has a good vocabulary and can make 5 or 6 word sentences, often with a few wrong words or tenses (seems fairly okay I think?).

But he is still having difficulty with some letters.

He can't say z and will use y instead eg puzzle is said puyyle

L is also tricky so Lego becomes something similar to yego

And the letters n, d and t are pronounced with the front of the tongue flat to the roof of the mouth, similar to a th in this.

There are a few more but I can remember them now.

I have seen that the z and l are usually grown out of, but I wondered what is going on with the d, n and t? None of my other children did this and I am not sure if it is something that the child grows out of or needs help with.


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