Posted by: Zuz | 2009/02/11


Toddler 3 yrs can' t speak clearly yet.

Hi, my 3 yr old son can' t speak clearly yet. I am worried that this could afffect his educational development.

He' s got a very good memory and he can count up to seven and can memorise any song but when it comes to speaking he only says one word when he wants something and " baby talks"  the whole sentence.

Is it normal or should i get worried??

Expert's Reply



This is not all that uncommon especially with little boys, but it would be best to take your son to see a speech therapist now.

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Posted by: Liza | 2009/05/04

My baby is on S26 Gold and since she turned six months I changed her to the Step 2 (6-12m) S26 Gold. She is terribly constipated now. I even tried mixing half step 1 and half step 2 but she is still constipated. Nothing else has changed in her diet. She only gets Stage 1 cereal in the morning, pureed fruit in the afternoon and carrots, butternut, pumpkin or sweet potato for supper. Should I rather just change her back to Step 1? A doctor advised to give her Duphalac but I probably can' t give Duphalac the entire time?? (I have tried brown sugar in her rooibos and prunes)

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Posted by: KEML | 2009/03/27

My 3 year old daughter do not speak clearly. She can speak clearly isolated/one words but is not clear in sentences. Her hearing was tested and is fine. I had her to a speech therapist who said that she might have a beginning of a lisp. The therapist says that my daughter does not seem to be tied-tongue but in any even, that clipping tied-tongues is not practice much anymore because it is considered barbaric to do so. The therapist suggested that we change schools and have my daughter be seen by a speech therapist on a wkly basis. Another doctor says she is just 3 yrs old and she would outgrow it. Please advise what I should do. While I do want the best for my child, I do not want to place her under any unnecessary stress. Thanks for your comments.

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Posted by: Zuz | 2009/03/24

Wow Suzie Q, thank you. I think I know exactly what you mean. I see so much potential even though he does not speak, he is one intelligent little boy. I will surely take him to for speech therapy. Thanks everyone for the advice..

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Posted by: Suzie Q | 2009/03/16

I took my son to a paediatrician when he was 4, because he still spoke ' baby talk' . He was referred to a speech therapist. To my surprise, he had a vocabulary of a 7 year old! Needless to say he is a Quantitative Analyst today, earning over R1m at 24 years of age. Don' t dispair, these ' silent'  kids are deep thinkers! Just love him, and keep him stimulated with analytical games that he can play by himself, or relax with you - don' t push him, let him take his time - he may surprise you.

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Posted by: Zee | 2009/03/12

I had the same problem....first take him to a Pediatrician, let the Paed evaluate him first and recommend a speech prepared to pay...especially if your medical aid does not cover .I also took my son to a therapist but was not happy with the progress....once a week, 30 minute, sessions hardly impacted on my son.
I then heeded the Paed' s advice and read as many books with him and to him. let him do things himself and encourage lots of play and activity.

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Posted by: Theresa B | 2009/03/11

I agree with the Paediatrician in that it would be best to have his language development evaluated. My son could not say proper 3-4 word sentences at the age of 4 and I took him to be evaluated and now we have excellent support and have been guided by a wonderful institution in his language development. Contact me via email for further details if you so wish. The sooner you start with professional support in your son' s language development, the better it will be for his future potential.

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Posted by: gogo | 2009/02/11

can u pls take him to the nearest hosptal to the speech therapy and audiologist

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