Forum: Children with Developmental Delays and Disorders
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My son will be turning three on May 16th. He has a large vocabulary of probably hundreds of words. But he is probably only 50 percent or less understandable to most people. I understand about 80 percent of his speech only because I'm around him all the time. He speaks 5 or more word sentences and is very smart. I'm not worried about what he can say. Just the fact that his speech isnt very clear. I'm wanting to send him to preschool this coming fall and doubt they will understand him until they are around him awhile.
Does it sound like he needs speech therapy? My older son was very delayed in speech at that age. So naturally I'm gonna worry about this one. Around here you must be about a year behind in speech to qualify for therapy or special ed preschool. I dont think he is far enough behind. What should I do?
I would call your local EI and at least get him evaluated. The evaluation is free and then at least you will know for sure where he stands in relation to what his speech should be. If he is not delayed enough to qualify for therapy or special ed, you may still be able to get your ins. to cover it. Some insurance companies cover a certain number of speech/OT/PT therapy sessions a year. I would call your ins. company and find out. If he isn't delayed enough for services through EI, you may still be able to take him to a private therapist and get ins. to cover it. You would also be able to ask during the eval what kinds of things you can do at home to incourage clearer speech.
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