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J.M.'s picture J.M.

I get a daily email with questions from moms and responses from other moms, and recently someone posted the same kind of question- when to intervene on speech? Of course, the answers were almost exactly 50/50. Intervene now! Don't bother, there's no point! But one good piece of advice is that you can check in with local elementary schools, because they sometimes offer evaluations and therapy that is free or cheap, even before the child is school age. You guys will figure out the right thing, of that I am sure.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

That's good advice--to check in with elementary schools and early intervention programs for free evaluation services. We'll figure it out (thanks for the vote of confidence!) but it IS hard and confusing to know exactly what to do when the advice is so varied. Some people tell you there's so much at stake, others that there's no point and all kids will catch up eventually.

christinegreen's picture christinegreen

though our son is a bit younger we recently faced the same concerns. we decided to get his speech evaluated because in our state it is free to any parent who requests it. it turned out he was fine and right on track, but i know that services are always available if needed. might be worth looking into the cost and time it would take to check T. out. it might put your mind at ease.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks Christine. I think we have early intervention services I can look into, and I think I'll put that on my list of things to do.

SingMyself's picture SingMyself

My girls both had a speech delay and slight speech issues, which is very common with twins, and when they were three, I remember their preschool teacher saying she could definitely understand them, and so could the other kids, but that we should try working with them a little anyway precisely so that other kids wouldn't make fun.

Children's honesty is sometimes a blunt weapon wielded in unknowing hands. Good luck with the early intervention services.'s picture leighviche@hotm...

We decided to have speech intervention for my son when he was 4. And am very glad we did. Although it was "cute" to hear his little kid lisp and mispronunciation of words we could see that this would not be the case later in at 13 he speaks well and his speech does not stand out from his middle school peers. As a teacher in middle school, let me tell you, kids do not need any thing that makes them different... especially something that you could have provided an intervention for! I encourage you to have your child screened by a speech therapist and get their professional opinion.
Listen to your little voice!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks so much for your advice, and your perspective as a teacher. I think you are right--we wrestled with it this weekend and it was clear that although WE understand T. most of the time, my father-in-law (who we were visiting) didn't understand her half of the time.