Posted Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:58 am by cbollin
Laws vary from state to state on this. Many states have recently revised their laws so that they are no longer required to provide services for children who are not enrolled in their system (whether the kid is homeschooled or other private school.) It's a harsh reality that the public schools face --- too many kids in need and too few staff. sigh and getting off my soap box.....
I'd start with the pediatrician's office and ask for a recommendation for an evaluation to be done -- even if you have to use private services at a hospital clinic or other children's clinic in your area. The children's therapy clinic where my dd's go have various options for patients with no insurance or limited coverage with insurance. It can be done by the school system, but that's not the only source for it.
A speech language pathologist would be able to help you know if your child is just quiet and within normal ranges for her age, or if you need to do some other things. It could be as simple as gently letting her know to use her "just right voice" instead of her "too soft voice". And don't translate for her
(my youngest is in the middle of just right voice,as one of her language/speech goals.)
And my middle daughter is very quiet, but after 6 years of language therapies is within normal range limits.
Posted Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:42 pm by RachelT
Hi there! We just went to the pediatrician to find out about more about speech therapy and occupational therapy. I know it's different everywhere, but so far we are going to try doing speech through the public school and OT through our hospital. Isn't it nice to receive advice from other parents who have already done this? I hope it encourages you to know that other homeschooling families are walking alongside you on this journey!
Have a great day!
Posted Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:46 pm by Hmschooling
I have my ds in speech therapy right now. We went to a local children's therapy clinic (there are usually many speech therapists in any moderately sized town). His Ped. Dr. sent a referal for an evaluation, we had that done, he qualified as delayed in his speech and our insurance covers it 100%. This way, you can choose where you go and who you see. I'd say this route is the easier route unless you have no insurance...then you could get it free from the school system if they offer it. I did the same thing with my daughter starting long before she was even school age.
I will tell you that ds is almost 5 and most people can't understand a word he says. Sometimes, even WE can't understand him. Within a month of starting therapy, I see a HUGE difference. Many kids do "grow out" of it, but I think many are better off if we offer some sort of help. Otherwise, many of the foundational bits of their education may be more difficult to grasp...but, every child is different.
ETA: Just something our Speech Ther. has us doing that you could do...when ds says something that is unclear, we are to repeat it back to him very clearly without sounding like we're correcting him. i.e. He says "Dats a bid pwidy fower." I'd say, "You're right, that is a big pretty flower", very clearly. Or he says "Saint you", I might say "You're welcome, and thank you for thanking me...good manners!"...placing emphasis on the sounds/words that needed correcting
Posted Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:54 pm by joy2BAMom
My 5 year old dd was in need of speech therapy and I took her into our local university. They have a speech-path dept and they provide services for minimal fees. I paid $40 to have her evaluated and will pay $20 per month to have her seen 2-3 x's per week. She will be treated by senior level students who are over-seen by professors. I don't know if there are any options like that in your area.
It would ease your mind if you knew for sure what was going on. You may be worrying for nothing. Good luck!
Posted Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:59 pm by TracyLee01026
Jennifer, my 12 yo ds has been in speech therapy on and off since 3 years old. He started off in public school speech therapy and then at age 5 and ever since I have used speech therapy at local hospitals.
I found that the school was not very forthcoming with his treatment and progress, etc. and did not seem to want me involved. In short, I was treated like a hindrance. Not so in the hospital. I have attended all of his sessions and help him at home since I know what to do.
Also, HSLDA advised me not to go to the public schools for any help lest I get caught up in unnecessary legal entanglements. I always thought that was a little much until that is exactly what happened to a friend of mine. Her son went to speech at the public school for years. She then trusted them to do a lot of other testing on him, even after having it all done privately. In short, he is attending public school this year against her better judgement, but the superindendent told her he could not approve homeschooling after the results were in. Good reason to avoid the local public school. Just my opinion.
Posted Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:41 pm by mgardenh
What does the dentist say about the small mouth? Sometimes a dentist they can be of help?
You might want to check to see if there is something physically wrong. Your ped can prescribe a modified barium swallow test. Basically this is where they give her barium mixed with a food and have her eat and trace it from her mouth down to her stomach. (If you do the barium swallow test, ask you speech and language pathologist to go with you so they can see the test while performed and know what questions to ask, if the testing place will allow this).
It almost sounds like articulation problems. Not finishing the end sound? That's definitely a speach problem. Just some thoughts.
Posted Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:01 pm by HSmommi2mine
You pediatrician can refer you to an SLP or a facial specialist but he does not have the training to tell you if your child has a speech issue. He is not qualified to make a dx, only to say "perhaps there is a problem". Don't walk out of the Ped. office w/o a referral no matter what he says. He is there is dx the flu, not speech issues. Really. (Sorry to be bossy, this kind of thing is close to my heart)
~Christina (who spent 4 years in a speech therapist's office with her oldest)