Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Rachael | 2018/05/15

Q.

Speech Therapy

Dear doc, my son is 6 and in Gr1. He speaks very well, very outspoken, and knows words beyond his age and uses them in the right context. He is still learning to read, but I believe he is progressing steadily with this. He does not speak with a lisp or has any other difficulties pronouncing words. He talks incessantly often, and very well. His teacher has recommended I take him for speech therapy, but has not indicated the reasons for this yet. I am meeting with her tomorrow to find out. Please can you advise when does speech therapy become a real necessity especially in a child who has no problems speaking or expressing himself verbally? Will speech therapy fast track his reading skills? Will it strenghten his problem solving skills? Many thanks in advance.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician
- 2018/05/25

Sorry for the delay, but your question got caught up in a group affected by a system glitch. This is such a good question and so well set out. Your son appears to have not a single problem with his speech. He has good language skills, can obviously hear well and has an excellent vocabulary. he does not stutter or lisp. There does not appear to be single reason why he should see a speech therapist. Speech therapy will not advance his reading skills nor his problem solving skills.

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