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    Default Speech and Language Delay

    My DS is in kindy at the moment and is starting prep next year (we are in qld).
    I always knew his speech was a little concerning because he pronounces words and letters a bit funny.
    I started speech and he is 12 months behind
    He turned 4 on June 29.
    He is socially and emotionally ready for prep and my other kids go to school so he has been doing the school run since day 1 so he knows the school grounds and teachers. So I'm confident he will be ok.
    Just the speech and academic side worries me.
    Should I be very concerned that he is delay? I'm really stressing out. I've started homework on his phonics of letters.
    And because his birthday is June 29 his kindy teacher says he probably should repeat instead of keeping him back this year.
    So that's my DS.
    I'm just concerned on his delay. Will he grow out of it and catch up?

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    It must be hard being so close to the cut off. My DD is a July baby and although she is more than ready as far as speech, writing etc goes, I'm glad she still has another year at Kindy because I just feel she is too young for the pressures of school. If I were in your situation I would delay rather than repeat - repeating is socially very difficult on children, they get labelled dumb and have that over them for a long time. If you delay, non of the kids have any idea. Best if luck with your decision.

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    Hugs.

    Can't help you on the speech delay, but your ds has the best bday date in the world - I'm born on 29 June too!

    I can tell you that I wish my parents had held me back a year.

    Maturity-wise I was probably behind most of the kids, and I was very much still a kid when I finished year 12. I still liked my dolls and stuff for example. I also found it hard to socialise with friends who were ready to party hard with guys etc.

    Academically I was pretty good, but who knows maybe I would have been even better if I finished a year later. I got into uni but found it hard to adjust and quit after a year coz I didn't know what I wanted to do. A year later it was a lot clearer in my mind.

    It also sucked eggs having to wait till the next June after school finished ti be 'legal'.

    Anyways just some food for thought.

    I will be in a similar boat. My ds turns 4 in Jan and will have to go to school when 5. Im not so sure he will be ready socially, but 3 years of preschool also seems wrong.

    Good luck, hope your little ones speech improves and he settles in well.

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    Im so glad my ds turns 5 in december for this reason. 6 months ago there would be no way I would have sent him to.prep. im glad hes starting next year. That extra 6 months has made all the difference.

    I agree with mumma, hold back rather than keep down.

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    Well you have certainly gotten onto his speech delay early...... I test kids during their behavioural optometrist sessions- we work closely with speechy's and everyone we see is at least of school age so well done
    Is he delayed for kinder age of for his actual age? Have you had him assessed by a behavioural optom to rule out those things holding his speech back?
    He is obviously young for school next year- I'd be inclined to delay school or plan on doing two years of prep, not just let him fumble along. My hubby is a primary teacher- his school does a "modified prep" year for children exactly like him. The children then go through to prep the following year- its a fantastic program. Is that an option at any schools nearby?

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    Hold him back, thenfirst year of school can shape their confidence about learning.

    I had no choice to send my ds#1 the year we did and he was so behind. And he knew how behind he was too he would come home upset that everyone was on reading level x and he was only on y etc the next year was much better.

    My ds#2 is a june 19th babe and he isnt going next year (the year he turns 5) he will be going the year he turns 6


    Mumma to two beautiful boys on the spectrum and one special little girl.

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    Modify prep program sounds great. But we don't have that.
    I've decided to send him to prep and he will repeat. Because if I don't send him he will stay at kindy 5 day fortnight.
    It's been a hard decision that's been made from me, kindy teacher and prep teacher.
    All year I've been helping out at my DD prep class and he has come along. He even sat in class, parade and played some games at sports day. He knows the prep area, the teachers, and students. He is so confident in himself and gives everything ago. He is so strong and for all that he will love prep.
    Just the learning he will struggle but he doesn't mind. So I figure two years of prep than two years of kindy would be better for his learning.

    I'm hoping one year of prep will help him catch up with speech and learning the. Second year of prep is doing really well at prep. Hmm my theory that I hope it works.

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    I would hold him back personally. Having said that, DS1 started kindy last year as one of the oldest in the class and he really struggled, they were talking about holding him back. This year, year 1 - it is like something clicked and he is doing really well, his teacher rings me up to tell me what a joy he is to teach and how well he is doing. I have no idea what has happened, we have done nothing different.

    Sometimes things will just fall into place ya know? You gotta go with what is right for you and your family.

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    My dd had speech problems & was attending speech lessons each week but it didn't stop me from letting her start prep. She is also one of the younger kids in the class. Once she started prep she kept up her lessons, her speech therapist emailed her teacher with suggestions to help in the classroom & by the start of term 2 she no longer needed to go to speech therapy.


 

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