Hi Elise - Ollie still is unable to pronounce R's L's so he will say wight and wove instead of right and love. He is 4.5 - do you think I should be thinking about booking him into speech therapy? Another speechie friend of mine said it should rectify itself by 5 but I see no improvement. He knocked a bottom tooth out too which affected his speech for a little bit but that part seems ok now.
Polly, I tend to see kids for 'l' once they start school, and 'r' is a bit later, about grade 1. See if he can make a 'l' sound on it's own without making his lips into a shape for 'w' (can be tricky). if he can do this OK he's most likely to develop it himself by the age of 5. If he struggles to make a 'l' sound copying you then he's less likely to develop it himself.
I was just wanting some advice on whether E needs to see a speech therapist. My MCHN isn't a great help.
E was slow to talk and then something seemed to click and he came ahead in leaps and bounds. The problem is that it's almost like he trips over his tongue. I had a look at some links posted awhile ago but none of them seem to describe the sound combinations E struggles with.
It's words like:
Sandwich : Swand widge
Liam : Lea mon
William: Will a wom
Elephant: Hella lella pant
and also in longer sentences, he seems to mispronounce the words in the middle.?
Has anyone else come across this before?
Kelly, they don't really sound like usual sound substitutions. He may just be playing around with words (the last example with how he says 'elephant' sounds a bit like he's playing with words), but it may be worth getting an assessment just to have a proper look at his speech overall. Sorry I can't be more help, but they're certainly not common errors.
What is normal for speech around Jett's age? He will be 3 in August.
He speaks in some 5 word sentences, but they seem rather limited. He's not a very chatty boy by nature and is much more of a do-er that a talker. At the moment he loves houses and cubbies, and if we drive past a big house he will say something like, "big house! Up stairs! Bye, big house!" or a conversation will go something like this,
"What does Woody say on Toy Story?"
The answer is, "there's a snake in my boot." he tends to just say 2 words when asked questions, normal or not? Then ofcourse there are times when he pretends to be on the phone and he'll say, "Hi, how are you? Good thanks! See you next week!" but he won't just
come up with a random big sentence by himself if that makes sense. He is smart, great with
comprehension and motor skills, colours/letters/numbers/shapes, the only thing that
concerns me is his language. I should add, when he does speak his pronunciation is perfect
and he makes all the correct sounds, so he can make complex word-sounds.
ETA: just trying to add more info for you! Yesterday in the car was a good example of how he speaks. He decided he wanted to go to Sea World, hopped in the car and said,
"sea World! Dolphins! Yes please, yes Jett! Sea World!" that's a typical example of how he strings his words together.
Thanks in advance!
Angie, it sounds like he's pretty much on track for turning 3. Here's some info about what to expect from a 3 year old's language:Use pronouns I, you, me correctly
Is using some plurals and past tenses
Knows at least three prepositions, usually in, on, under
Knows chief parts of body and should be able to indicate these if not name
Handles three word sentences easily
Has in the neighborhood of 900-1000 words
About 90% of what child says should be intelligible
Verbs begin to predominate
Understands most simple questions dealing with his environment and activities
Relates his experiences so that they can be followed with reason
Able to reason out such questions as "what must you do when you are sleepy, hungry, cool, or thirsty?"
Should be able to give his sex, name, age
Should not be expected to answer all questions even though he understands what is expected
Is he saying many 3-4 word sentences, or mainly just 2 word? I think with the examples you gave that's Ok for almost 3. Is he using many action words?