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mamato4andc October 23rd, 2013 08:14 PM

homeschooling child with speech problems
 
Anyone have a child with speech problems? How do you help them? My 4 1/2 year old has pretty bad speech problems and I'm desperate to have him talking where we can understand him ALL the time.

hiskid1324 October 24th, 2013 07:00 PM

Re: homeschooling child with speech problems
 
Have you considered having him assessed so you can have him seen by a therapist? I believe most states have programs to provide speech for free to preschoolers even.

I have found that my children's pronunciations improve with phonics instruction, so you might try that?

mamato4andc October 25th, 2013 04:30 PM

Re: homeschooling child with speech problems
 
We had him tested at the public school in our city but we are not in that district so they dropped him from speech classes :( The other school is horrible so that's not an option. I started teaching him how to read by phonics and he is doing better but I just get frustrated that hubby doesn't understand him AT ALL. My son knows that and rarely even talks to him :(

hiskid1324 October 25th, 2013 10:21 PM

Re: homeschooling child with speech problems
 
It's SO hard for the non-primary care taker to understand sometimes. My son is almost 3.5, but talks at the level of a 2.5yo, and dh hardly understands half of what he says. It frustrates all of us. :( Is there any possibility of private therapy? I know it is $$, but sometimes it is worth it to help our kids, kwim? But the biggest thing is just... time. Phonics is a big part of it, I think, because from what I've seen a lot of ST is working on phonics type stuff (just not reading it-- just saying it), and obviously you can't snap your fingers and make him talk "properly" It'll take time, but it will come.


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