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My son is four and a half now, and can talk a fair bit. However a lot of what he says is mumble, and he does not say the full sound of a word, eg will leave of the first letters sound. He has been referred to get a hearing test done.


Posted by MummaBones, 9th February 2022


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  • I’ve just started taking my 6 year old to a speech therapist as I feel his talking resembles that of a 3 year old. He too was delayed in speech. He had a few words (mum, dad, etc) until he was 2 years old but then started talking in sentences within a month. Anyway, we had our second session, the first being diagnostic and they worked on the sounds he struggled with the most, plus sent home some stuff for us to work on.
    Sadly for my boy, one of the sounds he struggles with most is the initial letter of his name. So if hearing comes back alright perhaps try speech therapy… but make sure it’s someone who will focus on actual speech and not a behavioural speech therapist


  • Talk to your GP to get a referral to see a Speech Pathologist. By 4 he should be understood by everybody (family and strangers) 100% of the time.


  • I can’t recommend speech therapy more highly, made a huge difference to my sons speech.


  • I am glad you are getting his ears tested because that is the best place to start. It is good to get everything sorted before they start school. Good luck.


  • Seems you’re on the right path with a hearing test organised. I’d wait for the results and go from there


  • If you don’t mind spending the money then a speech therapist.
    My gf had a similar problem except she started her son off when he was a bit over 1 because my daughter was talking more than him.
    I think every child develops differently and at their own pace. Maybe you can just help to encourage him by sounding things out and asking him to repeat after you.


  • Get the hearing test done and I would also visit a speech therapist to get their opinion. Keep talking to your son and play lots and lots of games. That incidental learning is so important! All the best with everything!


  • I think a hearing test and speech therapy is the right way to go. When he’s going to child care or school, I would have the speech therapist visiting him on that location to get all involved approaching him in the same way.


  • After his hearing was checked and ok, my son did speech therapy as he was quite hard for other people to understand. It was fantastic! His speech improved so rapidly and I look back on videos and realise he was actually worse than I thought he was back then. I guess I was just used to his ‘language’.


  • Yes. Speech therapist would be a good start. Also asking pre-school/kindy teachers for input and assessment. Just keep plugging away, modelling good talking and listening, give them time and watch for any fall out with other kids that may start if they are having trouble…. sometimes they need to get extra good at coping with ‘rejection’ if they don’t communicate well.


  • It’s probably worth getting a referral to a speech pathologist to help him with his speech. My son has been seeing one and it’s made a big difference.
    We’d try and sit each night and ‘practice his words’, so we’d have pictures that he needed to say the word for. An example, emphasising the ‘sp’ in speech, saying it 5 times in a row and trying to get him to correct himself if he was saying peach instead.
    My son also sucked his fingers, which over the years pushed his jaw down so now his jaw doesn’t meet together, which is also creating issues with his speech.
    I wish you luck with it all. You’ll get there eventually, it just takes some time.


  • Maybe take him to see a Paediatrician to get some advice regarding this


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