Should I get speech therapy for my son?
January 6, 2007 4:10 PM Subscribe
Should I get speech therapy for my 4 year old son?
posted by forensicphd to health & fitness (36 answers total)
My four year old son has been making some speech errors and I was not sure if they were normal or not, so I had him evaluated by a speech pathologist last week. She ran the whole gamut of testing on him and determined that he is on target with receptive and expressive language, and although his speech sounds were overall in the average range, she recommended speech therapy for his few specific speech problems.
For example, he says "baff" for "bath", and "wabbit" for "rabbit", and "thnake" for "snake". If I correct him, he will say the right thing, but his tongue thrust seems to be the most apparent of the problems and I'm not sure if I feel competent to fix these problems by working with him at home when I know nothing about speech pathology. I do NOT want him growing up with an adult tongue thrust, but don't know if speech therapy would be overkill at this stage of the game.
The speech therapist said that early intervention is best, and I know that my son will actually enjoy speech therapy because he loved the evaluation (playing games with the nice lady). Part of me feels like - of course the speech therapist is going to recommend speech therapy. I know that therapy can't *hurt* him but I am also very conservative when it comes to "intervening" medically or otherwise with my children. In fact, I can't really think of any negatives to getting speech therapy for him other than my philosophy, because it is covered by insurance.
Should I do it? TIA.