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How do you know if your child needs speech therapy

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This is starting to bother me. My son will be 3 the end of May but doesn't pronounce his words that great. I know what he is saying, but also lacks sentence structure and some people have made... *cough comments on this..

For example when he says words like...

doggie, it's more like 'dohe'
thank you is 'than you'
outside is more like 'side'
Taylor(his sister name) is 'yalor'
nose would be 'ose'

Also I notice when he tries to pronounce a word, it's the last letter that seems hard for him to pronounce.

The most he has put into making a sentence is 3 words. I know boys develope slower than girls but I guess with comments and going by my other two kids at that makes me think.

Like(like lol) when my SIL told me he needed this. My kids have been so far apart that I can't remember the golden rule and there was never an issue brought up with them... They make straight A's in school. Okay a few B's here and there.

So can anyone give me some advice or things to lookout for to see about his developement.

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If he does have speech needs, he may be able to get early intervention. My daughter was 3 and was in an intergrated pre-school. She was considered a "model" student which meant only that she was on target. It was by lottery that she got in. The class was made up of 12 children with half being model and half being children with needs, whether physical or speech, mild to moderate needs. My child went 4 days a week for a fee and the children who needed services went free 1 to 4 days, depending on their need and they got free transportation. It was a wonderful program. Those children would have therapy, speech or PT, but they would also take the children without need with them to model. It was a great ratio per child and my child was automatically allowed to go the following year. This was through my town. She also ended up being in the intergrated kindergarden class where there was also a great teacher:student ratio. Many of those children just needed a little extra but caught up very quickly. It is worth having him evaluated. I would also make sure you have his hearing checked to make sure it isn't medical. Has he had a lot of ear infections?
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