Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Worried | 2011-02-15

Q.

Speech delay in 3 year old

My 3 year old son seems to have a speech delay. He has a limited vocabulary (not nearly a 1000 words as expected via articles) but understands very very well. It would seem it is just the speaking part and not the communicating part that is lacking. He is very smart in all other aspects and is quite a genius when it comes to problem solving and comes up with the most creative ideas. He just does not seem able to tell me about it. We do not have a medical aid at the moment and would like to know how I can help him speak. He reached all his other milestones way ahead of the other kids besides potty training and only went off the nappies at 33 months.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your son is doing very well in all respects except for his speech delay. This is not all that uncommon especially with little boys for some reason. He should be seen by a speech therapist.If you explain that you do not have a medical aid at the first consultation with the therapist she will hopefullyl advise you how to continue and what exercises to do with your son.

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