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No matter what we do our 4 year old counts one two four. He refuses to say three. We have broken it down to one two. Then three four. We have sung songs too. He skips three each time. The speech therapist also has tried so open to any suggestions please.


Posted by Cynthea Jenke, 29th June 2015


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  • Yes I agree don’t make it a big issue. Just impact it in everything you do and make it a game. You can count the potato’s or beans or your plate and count the steps of the stairs every time you take them, or count the fruit in the fruit bowl. Every night I count the fingers and toes with my 6yr old (she has Down syndrome and maybe counts till 4) 5 fingers on 1 hand 5 fingers on the other hand, 5 + 5 makes 10 and then we name the fingers one by one followed by all the body parts.


  • I don’t think it’s that big of an issue just yet, he’s only four. I’m sure he will say it eventually


  • I agree with the suggestions so far.


  • Just keep trying. Repetition is usually the best way to get kids to learn. Don’t make an issue of three and I’m sure he’ll get around to saying it


  • Not sure what I can suggest if the professional speech therapist suggestions aren’t working :/ Other then keep persisting and he might say it one day


  • It’s just time, practice and patience. He will get it .


  • Play games to make it fun? We do hide and seek! Get someone to partner up with your child so they are counting together and just count to 5 to start with “1,2,3,4,5 ready or not here we come!” Worth a try??


  • Keep trying, offering rewards for when he manages to say 3. Perseverance and repetition is the best way to teach kids


  • Try using other words the rhyme with three, eg. wee, pee and turn it into a silly game?


  • My son hates counting for some reason Wenden though he can. If we are reading together and he is asked to count something in the page he acts all silly like he can’t. It’s very frustrating. Do you know if your child can do it when he thinks you aren’t looking? Playing counting games like hide and seek may encourage him.


  • Counting books, number puzzles, objects with numbers, songs or anything involving counting. It’s the repetition that gets them at first & then they are able to recite it.


  • Just perservere with it and try not to show him you’re frustrated.


  • is it that he has hassles saying anything begining with Th ? Can he say words like there, that, this, thing,thanks or threw? Maybe he is missing it as he knows he will not be able to say it and only sticks to what he knows, as he doesnt want to get it wrong.
    Keep up the good work with the speach therapist- t has to pay off eventually.


  • May be he is doing it deliberately as it is getting attention??!


  • I think mum 94125. Hit the nail on the head


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