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3yr old daughter has a problem with her speech, where to first... doctor

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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
hi, something has been worrying me for a bout 6 months now with regards to my middle daugter who is three, she understands things particulary well however she she to clam up when talking and struggles to put what she wants to say in words, its not a stammer or stutter but she doe struggle when talking even sometimes not concentrating enough on what she is saying and totally going off on one. I dont want to let it lie and i think sometimes my concern with her may well be making it worse. Is this something the doctor can check out, ive always had reservations about my doctor being useless but if it means helping my daugher then I'll take her.

anyone got any suggestions as i say i dont want to leave it another year or two and someone turn around and say it would have been better if you had brought it to there attention earlier.

thanks
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Do you have a health visitor at all?? Does she attend a school attached nursery?? If so go to one of them, i have an autistic son and he was referred initially via my health visitor.

Failing that dig out the number for speech therapy unit and ask them, you might be able to self refer.
#2
Usually there is huge lists for speech therapy,if you contact your health visitor and she will refer you,if you don't have 1 anymore,then go to GP and he/she should be able to do a request to be seen. Aslong as she got understanding she will get there.
#3
my wife had the health visitor round with our youngest an asked her about the middle one and she done some development tests and said she was fine, however I wasn't there and my wife cant remember if that included speech. M wife said she will ring the health visitor tomorrow and see if we can get her to come round.

As I say its more sentances rather than mixing words up or using words wrongly, she speaks very quietly and it tapers off into a whisper.
#4
this is just a thought i had the same problem with my middle boy there was a 5 year age gap between them and at about the age of 3 he found it hard to say what he ment,it was put down to my oldest asking for things for him ect,then when he started school similar problems it turned out he was Dyslexic,and now gets a lot of support at home and in school, good luck hope you get it sorted :)
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this is just a thought i had the same problem with my middle boy there was a 5 year age gap between them and at about the age of 3 he found it hard to say what he ment,it was put down to my oldest asking for things for him ect,then when he started school similar problems it turned out he was Dyslexic,and now gets a lot of support at home and in school, good luck hope you get it sorted :)

hi my oldest is 5 (all girls) nd understands her fine, in fact i have to double check wth the oldest sometimes what the middle one has said, it could be shes a little lazy and getting her older sister to do her dirty work for her, the eldest is vey bossy and liks to think shes the mummy of the three of them. I did think that she maybe taking over the middle one and not giving her the chance to develop on her own.
#6
If you are in a Sure Start area, try them as an alternative to your Health Visitor.
#7
As others have rightly said don't worry yourself unduly. I'm not an expert by any means but I think you might find it is not an uncommon thing.
My O/H's son went through virtually the same and we were so worried we took him to the docs who checked some things out but couldn't find anything physically wrong and although there could possibly have been other reasons it was decided to see how things progressed.

That same boy went through primary school with pretty much faultless reports and is now at High School and is considered a Gifted and Talented student.

My belief in hindsight was that even at that young age he was taking in an awful lot and his speech just wasn't keeping up. It took some time for a balance to be found but it was, and mostly came naturally. I remember reading was a big help because it seemed to allow the learning and speech to come together.

Please don't look at this as any sort of expert view because as I've said it's not. Just a factual experience. Have a chat with your doctor or health worker or if your eldest is as school talk to one of the teachers there and see if they have come acroos the same scenario.
I'm willing to bet they have and also that you are likely to have a little star in your household.
Probably 3 though !!

Best of luck and wishes :)
#8
thanks for all the replies, as i say my wife will start with the health vistor today and hopefully they can put our minds at rest, more mine than m wifes but my wife was saying last night the eldest was clearer at her age.


thanks all once again
#9
Health visitor is good place to start and hopefully will as you say put your mind at rest.

Hope all goes well and try to stop worrying.
#10
my son is 3 and a half an i was in the same situation only a few months ago, going on about how i am going to go private and get him a therapist. nursery told me to stop it and that he was just trying to say to much, and basically his brian is working quicker than his mouth, sometimes he has the problem for a few days and then it goes and then other times he can have it for a fair few weeks. what we have found is after he has got rid of the speech thing, the words he then comes out with and sentenences he puts together are adult like. i was really really worried about this just like i know your wife is, but tell her to leave it be, as the health visitors when i phoned them to get him booked in told me i could bring him along but it is not uncommon in children.
#11
many years ago my youngest boy just wouldn't talk. the doctor said he was lazy an sent us to a speach thearapist who said the same.
I was livid, as i don't believe any child is lazy,
Anyway, i took him to the dentist, who discovered he was tounge tied, after a simple operation he began to talk - and he has never shut up since!!!
#12
My two sons, now 4 and 5 both have language problems. After a visit from my health visitor she refered them and now they are both getting help. The eldest attends a specialist language class on Mondays and Tuesdays and then goes to his other school for the rest of the week. The other one goes for half a day four days a week, his help has to be part time because of his age.
Within a few weeks of the extra help we could see an improvement, it may take a while to get a place, so the sooner you start the better.
I don't know about anyone else but initially I found it really hard coming to terms with the fact that they had problems, I cried a lot, but it got better! Now I'm just very grateful that they are both happy and healthy!
So my advice is contact your health visitor, if you have any qestions about my experiences, don't hesitate to contact me.

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