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Should I be worried about my son?

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RunningtoKeepUp · 15/05/2008 16:31

Hi, I don't know if anyone can help. But my son's in his second year at school and they've asked to do a hearing test with him, as he is struggling to concentrate on some things and can be quite nasally when he talks. I can't say I've ever noticed (he's my only child though), but my Mum thinks his speech is also a bit unclear. Does anyone have any ideas what might be wrong - if anything - or had a similar thing? He's a really sweet boy and not fidgety or bad tempered or anything so I think that rules out ADD/HD. I'm just worried that something might be wrong or that I've not done my job properly with him?

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LIZS · 15/05/2008 18:47

dd went through a phase of poor concntration and it turned out she had glue ear. Many kids of this sort of age do. It is very common and can affect both receptive and expressive alnguage including how they interpret phonics and can concentrate. It can be treated if necessary with grommets, but that is regarded as a last resort, or it may simply be te result of colds and improve with the summer weather, lots of decongestant techniques (vaporisers, raised bed head etc) and monitoring. Try not to worry they only want to help and hopefully rule out more serious things.

paddingtonbear1 · 15/05/2008 21:27

sounds like my dd! We also have a hearing test appt for her (which I have to rearrange as it's in our holiday..). Try not to worry, as LIZS says it's just so they can check it out.

Memoo · 16/05/2008 20:17

hi, I work in a primary school and i can assure you that its very normal for children to be refered for hearing tests, more often than not its just to rule hearing problems out. Your son is still very young, and lots of children at that age struggle to concentrate at times. It doesn't neccesarily mean that he has hearing problems. Its also not uncommon for a child's speech to be a little unclear at that age. In my experiemce most children grow out of these things by the time their in KS2. It sounds to me like you're definately doing your job properly, otherwise you wouldn't be so worried.

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