Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Cin | 2007/06/24

Q.

Speech problem?

My son turned 3 end of March this year and I am concerned with his speech. He does talk and says some words very clearly, but when he wants to have a conversation he tends to talk too fast (babble) and just correctly pronounces the last word / two words in the sentence (he also tends to do this when he is watching his stories and repeating what the characters say) I am also concerned that he does not always respond when I (or others) are talking to him. I have tried to read him a stories to help his vocab and speech, but this does not interest him and he tends to get irritable very quickly... Is this normal at his age or is there something else I can do to help improve his communication?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

His talking problem is very common at this age especially with boys. I am more concerned about his lack of response at times. It is essential to find out if his hearing is normal. He needs his hearing tested so you should ask your doctor to refer him to an audiologist. After that if his hearing is normal you should probably have a speech assessment by a speech therapist.

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