I understand gestures and pointing but not sure if everyone else will.
May 17, 2010 2:55 PM Subscribe
Should I enroll my non-verbal child in kindergarten in September?
posted by Sallysings to Education (30 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
DS was born end of October of 2006. He's energetic, fearless, defiant, helpful, affectiionate, he recites his phonics and numbers, points to things he wants (and when he doesn't get it, use a chair to get things out of his reach), sings along to some songs (with slanted words) and have about 10 words in his working vocabulary. He clams up entirely when told to speak instead of pointing to stuff, or break down in frustration.
He understands most things we say to him, but he simply will not talk. Sometimes he will recite whole sentences of what we say to him back at us, and sometimes he makes up his own language that sounds remarkably like English and gibber in long sentences.
He has never been to day care or preschool. I do take him out to places where there are other children to see how he socializes, and he does play well with others. The only thing that really sets him off is that he does not speak. He does play a kind of charades to get his point across. (If he wants to watch A Matter of Loaf and Death, he pretends to bite his arm and growl. Princess and the Frog? Hop hop hop hop.)
Should I enroll him in kindergarten or should I wait a year? He's eligible by Canadian standards, since he will turn 4 shortly after starting JK if he starts this year. I get conflicting info from my family and friends - some say he needs to be with a group of speaking children, others tell me that he could be bullied or treated differently. Some even say that kindergarten could be traumatizing.