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Old 03-08-2017, 12:37 AM   #1
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my 4 year old grandson is still not talking

My grandson Mason is still not talking at aged four, he can understand virtually everything you say to him and tries very hard to communicate back, however he has limited vocabulary. he gets frustrated at times if we do not understand what he is saying. We say the words for him to repeat, but he cannot say them back and says something totally different than the word. he has had an assessment and we have been advised he has slight autism. the nursery have applied for full funding for his reception year. we are extremely frustrated, we have directed our concerns and questions to the nursery school but we are not getting any answers to the problem. Has anyone had these issues with their child? can you settle our concerns with real hope this nightmare is going to end?

 
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Old 03-08-2017, 02:57 AM   #2
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Re: my 4 year old grandson is still not talking

Have you taken him to a pediatrician for testing? Your grandson may have some motor development problems which need to be addressed. The fact that he is trying is a great sign! It means he isnt autistic or having any sort of spectrum issues; but there might be something else which needs to be addressed.
Please take him to his doctor for evaluation and see what they say.

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Old 03-08-2017, 04:32 AM   #3
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Re: my 4 year old grandson is still not talking

Thank you for taking the time to reply and your good wishes. We have him under a specialist but it's frustrating how slow the wheels turn. The nursery have applied for funding for when he goes into the reception year. This will involve a speech therapist assigned to him for so many hours a week. Fingers crossed.

 
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Old 03-08-2017, 12:13 PM   #4
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Re: my 4 year old grandson is still not talking

Keep us posted, okay? You are not alone. I have a good friend who has a 3 year old who still isnt speaking and she is also concerned. The testing and the time it takes make result in you have a brilliant grandson who will speak when he is ready...no one knows.

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Old 03-08-2017, 12:27 PM   #5
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Re: my 4 year old grandson is still not talking

Thank you very much for your kind words

 
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:16 PM   #6
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Re: my 4 year old grandson is still not talking

So sorry you're having this problem with your grandson. It seems more and more kids are having speech difficulties....I have known several through the school system. You may not want to wait until you can get a speech therapist. You can look up several methods online for working with children with speech difficulties. While you're waiting for the wheels to turn, you and the parents can do some proactive things to help him to communicate.
I'm not sure how limited his vocab is, but if he has trouble saying even simple words 1 thing you can do is teach him basic sign language. Many of the signs are very simple to learn and cut down on frustration.
Another thing that is used in the schools is a picture book called PECS. Its a small notebook that has small cards with a picture and a word on them.
For example, the one for "book" has a pic of a book and the word book written underneath. I make my own pics, but there are programs online that sell the cards and then you attach them with velcro fasteners to the notebook. When he wants a book,for ex, he can reach into his notebook and take out the pic with the book on it and hand it to you. These are things that have been known to work with children that can't talk properly to stimulate them to converse. The pics can be feelings," I feel happy" can be a smiley face picture and so on, according to the needs of the child.
Another thing I would do is not wait for the nursery school, but figure out if there are any programs in the area that work with special needs children, and find out if they can do a screening on him now to get him an in-home therapist. I'm not sure what is available in your area. Going to the doctor and asking them what programs there are in your area is a good idea.
There are many things you can do to help him now. Some kids with autistic tendencies LOVE the computer and tablets. On the Ipads there are programs that help children with language. Just search the apps for children's language and there are many.
Hope this helps!

 
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:56 PM   #7
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Re: my 4 year old grandson is still not talking

Some great advise thanks a lot. He loves his iPad so that's definitely an option. We will search online for those programs

 
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