Our expert says:
If one has some difficulties in speaking a second language, that can be helped simply by language learning, and kids are usually far better than adults at learning new languages, with excellent accepts. If any child has developmental speech problems,these will show up in her fist language, too. They need to be assessed properly by a specialist, if possible a paediatrician and he may recommend a paediatric neurologist or neuropsychologist if one is available. And they MAY reccommend some form of psychological or speech therapy.
I have no faith whatsoever in diagnoses or treatment recommendations made by teachers, who too often behave as though they get kickbacks for referrals - they have no training or competence to do more than recognize that a child MIGHT have a prolem which needs the appropriate expert assessment and advice.
I also get the impression that some schools have insufficiently skilled teachers, who prefer to blame the child if they don't learn well in a bad learning environment.
An Educational Psychologist may be able to do some basic testing and assessment to reveal whether this is a real problem with which the child needs help, or if the problem lies mainly in the teachers
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