My eldest boy started seeing a speech pathologist around the 2.5 year mark because he was very unclear and I was often responding to his gestures and pointing rather than encouraging him to talk about what he wants. Have you had your son’s hearing checked? It is important to do this prior to seeing a speech pathologist as he may have a hearing problem. Boys do tend to be slightly delayed in speech than girls but it’s very important to have him assessed just in case plus it’s good to work with him now because before you know it he’ll be in school and may feel overwhelmed by other kids knowing/communicating more. At first my son was seeing his pathologist once a week but now he’s going once a fortnight (he’s almost 4 now). I also learnt that I need to work on talking out loud more often so he can learn words and how to string them all together.

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Published 20th October 2019

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