Childhood Diseases

Posted by: TMP | 2009/09/29


No speech at 4 years

I am currently hosting a nearly 4 year old boy from a children' s home on weekends.
We were asked to host him because he was not speaking. When asked a question in his home language, he either nods or shakes his head or in unresponsive and when told to do something, if he understands he will do it, no matter what it is.
We are now also trying to teach him english and he has started to say and identify quite a few nouns, but still cannot put a sentence together or understand.
His social worker believes that he never developed speech until recently.
But now that we realise he only recently has started to say words, how do we get him to increase and develop it and to start understanding the things we say to him, such as " no"  or " lets play outside"  or " go get your shoes"  or " go to the room" ? He knows the words like play and shoes and things like that, but doesn' t understand them when they are placed into a simple string of words..

What can we do to help him even though he is only with us for 2 out of 7 days??

Expert's Reply



It is important to be certain that this little boy can hear normally.His hearing should be tested by an audiologist. Once you are sure that he can hear well you would be advised to discuss his lack of proper speech with a speech therapist who is in the best position to advise you how to help this little boy further.

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