Post # 1
So I’m hoping this is just normal for a 5 year old but I want to get opinions of the mommas on the bee…
I have a daughter that just turned 5 and she’s, well behaved and a great learner. She’s just got this funny thing with the way she talks. She seems to have to really think when she’s talking. She will use big words but when she tries to talk often times she will sound like this:
“Momma… Can you get meeeeeeeeeeee some…. candy-in-the-store?”
“Momma… Guess what the elves… the elves.. guess what the elves do at the north poooooll”
It takes her a long long time to finish a sentence. It’s not ever time but about 75% of the time she takes a long time to say what she wants to say. I’m guessing it’s because she still isn’t completely fluent in the way she talks and is still learning words a lot, but I just don’t know if it should be concerning or not.
What do you thing? Is this normal or should I take her in for a checkup to see if she needs speech therapy?
Post # 3
My nephew who just turned 6 and is in kindergarten does this too. I think its completely normal, I know my sister works with him on spelling and talking and he’s gotten so much better since he’s started school. Is she in kindergarten? Maybe talk to her teacher and see what she thinks? if they are concerned they might lead you to the right direction for the summer months to work with her on it.
Post # 4
I’m a speech therapist and while I certainly can’t give you much advice, it sounds pretty normal to me! But to be sure, you should ask her teacher if she notices anything abnormal about her speech in class.
Post # 5
@kris325: My niece does this as well, she will be 5 this year, and she takes forever to spit a sentence out! She repeats the first half of it a few times, with a couple ‘Umms’ thrown in for good measure.
I definitely don’t think it’s much to worry about!
Post # 6
Thank you both, right now she’s not in school (just turned 5 last month) but starts K in the fall. I stay at home with her pretty much always.
It makes me feel a bit better especially since remijp is a speech therapist, I’ll still mention it at her next checkup but this makes me feel better knowing it’s probably normal, my husband said it was probably normal but she’s my only child so I’m a bit of a worrier with her
Post # 7
@kris325: FYI Doctors tend not to notice more subtle speech/language problems, only the obvious like the child is not talking, is extremely hard to understand, or shows numerous atypical behaviors like those seen in autism. A teacher is more likely to notice communication disorders in kids since they have so much experience talking with kids in specific age groups. You could also be sure to take note of friends speech to see what they sound like!
Again, I certainly can’t diagnose a problem over the internet, but just what you’ve described here sounds like normal patterns of dysfluency in a 5 year-old’s speech! But if you notice that these errors persist, or get worse with time, if she appears frustrated when talking, or if other less familiar people have troubel understanding her, seeking a speech-language screening or evaluation is never a bad thing! You are good mama!
Post # 8
Im a speech therapist also.
Could very well be normal non fluency. And certainly doesnt sound severe. I cant do much without listening but some questions to think about…
She repeats some words, but does she ever repeat part words e.g. be…be….be…bed or single sounds eg. b b b b b bed?
When she prolongs words, are they mostly at the end of her sentences e.g. Can I have sweetieeeeeeeeesees? (This is very common with young children).
If she is regularly prolonging words at the start or middle of sentences e.g. Iiiiiiiiii want sweeties or I waaaaaant sweeties, and/or repeating sounds or part words then that may be an indicator of some mild dysfluency. Either way it certainly doesn’t sound like somethg to get anxious over. If you are concerned, then mention it at her check up or just take her to be assessed to put your mind at rest. Not sure which country you’re in but if you have a free health service there is no harm!
Post # 9
And +1 to remijps latest advice!