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    Speech or language problem, or both?

    Hi!

    I have noticed for some time now, but have not thought much about a problem both my son (almost 5) and daughter (almost 7) have, with regards to a speech pattern. It usually occurs if they are telling a story (either a made up one or telling me something that occurred during their day, or random "facts"). They do not stutter, but they will frequently repeat the first 3-4 words of sentence or statement when they first begin to say something.

    A few specific examples.

    My son will frequently start anything with "mommy, mommy, mommy, do you know, mommy, do you know, mommy, do you know......... pretty much like. I'm not sure in my son's case if merely thinks he hasn't captured my attention? However, it is fairly frequently, and because I am paying more attention to this now, try to say" Yes, Leland" and look at him so he knows he has my attention, but it almost seems like he doesn't hear me...he's still concentrating on what he is trying to say. He did have a stuttering issue, right when he turned 2. I considered him a "late" talker, but really by the time he was 2, his speech pattern was similar to my older daughter's. She was speaking in nearly complete sentences by 20 months. (his was more like 24, but he spoke few words until 20 months). Anyway, around 2.5 he had a language explosion, which I now believe caused him to stutter. It was so bad we did call First Steps. It was "bad enough" he qualified for services. By the time the therapist arrived (it was about a month from my 1st phone call to the therapist arriving (it was around the holidays), he had nearly stopped. In fact, he never did it when she was around and only did it a few times otherwise. His speech is crisp and clear though, now.

    Here is my daughter's "issue", Her, trying to explain that if you take frozen things out of the freezer and put them in the "fridge" they will thaw out: "So, if something was in the freezer, okay, if something was in the freezer and you, so, if something was in the freezer and you put it in the fridge.........(and then she will complete the story, etc). (these are not exact quotes, but hopefully I conveyed what is happening). Her speech is also crystal clear and was an advanced talker.

    ^^^^the above does not happen every time she tries to say something, but it is at least a few times a day.


    Since 2/3 of my kids are doing it, is this just a normal development thing and they are just trying to find the words?
    Christine

    (2019/2020)
    DD1 8/23/09 - SC5/6
    DS2 9/1/11 - SC3,4, 5/6 combo
    DD3 2/9/13 -SC2 to start, MP1 second semester

    Previous Years
    DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4’
    DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2)
    DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK)

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    Re: Speech or language problem, or both?

    Originally posted by howiecram View Post
    Hi!

    I have noticed for some time now, but have not thought much about a problem both my son (almost 5) and daughter (almost 7) have, with regards to a speech pattern. It usually occurs if they are telling a story (either a made up one or telling me something that occurred during their day, or random "facts"). They do not stutter, but they will frequently repeat the first 3-4 words of sentence or statement when they first begin to say something.

    A few specific examples.

    My son will frequently start anything with "mommy, mommy, mommy, do you know, mommy, do you know, mommy, do you know......... pretty much like. I'm not sure in my son's case if merely thinks he hasn't captured my attention? However, it is fairly frequently, and because I am paying more attention to this now, try to say" Yes, Leland" and look at him so he knows he has my attention, but it almost seems like he doesn't hear me...he's still concentrating on what he is trying to say. He did have a stuttering issue, right when he turned 2. I considered him a "late" talker, but really by the time he was 2, his speech pattern was similar to my older daughter's. She was speaking in nearly complete sentences by 20 months. (his was more like 24, but he spoke few words until 20 months). Anyway, around 2.5 he had a language explosion, which I now believe caused him to stutter. It was so bad we did call First Steps. It was "bad enough" he qualified for services. By the time the therapist arrived (it was about a month from my 1st phone call to the therapist arriving (it was around the holidays), he had nearly stopped. In fact, he never did it when she was around and only did it a few times otherwise. His speech is crisp and clear though, now.

    Here is my daughter's "issue", Her, trying to explain that if you take frozen things out of the freezer and put them in the "fridge" they will thaw out: "So, if something was in the freezer, okay, if something was in the freezer and you, so, if something was in the freezer and you put it in the fridge.........(and then she will complete the story, etc). (these are not exact quotes, but hopefully I conveyed what is happening). Her speech is also crystal clear and was an advanced talker.

    ^^^^the above does not happen every time she tries to say something, but it is at least a few times a day.


    Since 2/3 of my kids are doing it, is this just a normal development thing and they are just trying to find the words?
    Sounds like normal kid stuff to me.
    Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
    Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
    Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
    Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

    “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
    ~Pope St John Paul II

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      #3
      Re: Speech or language problem, or both?

      Christine,

      Is your daughter or son receiving speech/language therapy, or do you have access to an SLP? If "yes" to either question, it might be good to jot down the exact quote, as you did here, with the time of day. Do this for a few days or, if you can remember, an entire week for the child who has an SLP. Then you'll have a record of the exact frequency. When you finish, contact the SLP. See what she thinks.

      Even if Anita is right, you'll feel better knowing you asked!

      Thanks-
      Cheryl

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        #4
        Re: Speech or language problem, or both?

        Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
        Christine,

        Is your daughter or son receiving speech/language therapy, or do you have access to an SLP? If "yes" to either question, it might be good to jot down the exact quote, as you did here, with the time of day. Do this for a few days or, if you can remember, an entire week for the child who has an SLP. Then you'll have a record of the exact frequency. When you finish, contact the SLP. See what she thinks.

        Even if Anita is right, you'll feel better knowing you asked!

        Thanks-
        Cheryl
        Yes, I was in a bit of a hurry when I responded. From what you describe it just sounds like a normal kid speech phase. Almost every child at these ages speaks with some variation of, "Mama, hey, mama, hey... Hey, hey, mama..." (Ask me how I know ) So I am not concerned, based on the information you provided. Cheryl is right, of course, it can't hurt to ask your current SLP (if you have one).

        Now: if said you had noticed your children not being able to complete a sentence/thought after a series of false-starts, or if they stuttered (you have determined they do not), or if they spoke non-sensically -- with subject and object reversal, or huge pronoun trouble -- or if they didn't understand what you were saying, those are things that are more concerning.

        Sounds like you have things well in hand. Follow up with a professional if you have doubts. And sorry about the brevity.
        Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
        Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
        Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
        Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

        “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
        ~Pope St John Paul II

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