I have a 3 1/2 year old step-son who has a rather significant speech delay. It is very hard to understand most words he says and the average person who has not ever had any contact with him has a significantly hard time understanding what he is communicating. Some words he says are crystal clear and others it takes several tries to get it. He does not form any sentences.
He was seen in March for his yearly physical and was referred to a speech therapist. Birth Mom takes him to his appointments regularly as myself and Bio Dad are about 2 hours away. This week she reported that the child is giving problems going to speech therapy and during therapy. It is understood that Mom stays at the table during the therapy session.
He is not currently in any daycare, as mom stays home with him. She said she started looking into pre-schools but hasn't found any locally that are to her standard (not really sure what that means). My hands are tied as the step-parent so i can't push too hard. But trying to reach out and see if anyone has any recommendations for pre-schools in the area 19111 that work with speech and/or that could help us get on the right track maybe getting him in early and signed up for IEP.
Have dad talk to the school district where the mom is living and get the scoop directly from them. Students that qualify for speech therapy often are eligible for preschool paid for by the district--to get them up to speed for school. This would be state-standards, and hopefully mom won't balk at getting him ready for school.
You're in a tough spot, and it's wonderful you care, but you're also right not to make it into a fight between sides.
Mom said to us a few weeks back that she doesn't like the district that they are in. All her other kids went to local Charter School, and that he will be grandfathered in by relationship, but they start at K not pre-k.
Dad is going to a speech appointment in 2 weeks so i'm also going to have him talk directly to the speech therapist because they should also know good programs to get him in. He definitely is developmentally delayed and mom doesn't like to classify him as such because i guess it makes her feel bad.... IDK in my opinion i dont' care how either of them feels it's about the child and doing what's right for him. He needs lots of help.
Thanks so much and i will keep posted if anyone else has any suggestions all is welcomed!84384
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