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I'm not ready for hurt feelings.... Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 21473 posts
status 19th Jun '13

I'm making this a double topic since they're related.

My little guy got his feelings hurt at the play ground yesterday when another little kid he was trying to play with couldn't understand what he was saying and walked away. My LO thought that the kid just didn't want to play with him and he got so sad and was trying not to cry. When the other kid saw he was sad, she came over and asked what was wrong and I told her that he wanted to play with her, so she said OK and they started playing and LO was fine again.
This leads me to my next topic/question. Is there something I can do to help him pronounce words better? He'll try and some words he can get down better than others. I'll use "look" for example. It comes out "yut" If I try and get him to say it right, he'll say "yuuk" but he still can't get the L right. He is pretty hard to understand most of the time but I haven't worried yet because he's not even 4 till October, but if there's something more I can do to help him, I want to. He's just now starting to want to play and communicate better with other kids and it hurt me to see how upset he was last night, all because the little girl couldn't understand him.

Buzz and Almond Joys momm 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 12593 posts
19th Jun '13

Is he in speech therapy yet?

~The Lunar Flower~ 2 kids; Alabama 6748 posts
19th Jun '13

Since he's still 3 he has time to learn. That story was so sad :( i'd contact a speech therapist to see what techniques you could use for home with sounds. Maybe educational videos to help with pronunciation?

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 21473 posts
status 19th Jun '13
Quoting Buzz and Almond Joys momm:" Is he in speech therapy yet?"


no, that's why i'm looking in to what i can do to help. i am planning on bringing it up at his appointment.

penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 7110 posts
19th Jun '13

My nephew was like this .Pre-school and us keeping on him about it has really helped. If you feel there is a problem I would get him into speech therapy to see about them helping with his pronunciation.

draven 5 kids; Florida 724 posts
19th Jun '13

My son went to speech therapy starting at that age. He is almost 14 now and had his last year this past school year. He has talked fine for about 6 years now.

Donna Jo Tanner 1 child; Beach Haven, New Jersey 6440 posts
19th Jun '13

Maybe don't focus on the full word. Just work in the sounds he has trouble with. Make up games where you go around and say the "L" sound over and over. When he gets it down try adding it to words like "love or look."

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
19th Jun '13

Just keep practicing with him. Keep a running commentary with him making sure you are using proper pronunciation.



Look into speech therapy & having a hearing test done. He may not pronounce things right cause he's not hearing it right.

Buzz and Almond Joys momm 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 12593 posts
19th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Colt's mommy:</b>" no, that's why i'm looking in to what i can do to help. i am planning on bringing it up at his appointment."</blockquote>




That is definently the first thing to do IMO. Sadly past 3 some places make you go to the state for speech therapy which may look like a developmental pre-k or just services at a school. ( this are usually good places though)
If you can wait until I am not mobile I have a great website you could use for the meantime. It helped my son and my nephew.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 21473 posts
status 19th Jun '13
Quoting ~The Lunar Flower~:" Since he's still 3 he has time to learn. That story was so sad :( i'd contact a speech therapist to see ... [snip!] ... therapist to see what techniques you could use for home with sounds. Maybe educational videos to help with pronunciation?"


It seriously was the saddest thing ever, and I didn't know what to say to make him feel better! I asked if he wanted to swing with me and he said no, he was too sad. Thankfully the little girl came back and played with him till she had to leave, lol.

[yo.] 1 child; Gayville, South Dakota 13371 posts
19th Jun '13

You couldn't understand a word my son said when he was three, started preschool at 3.5 (because of his speech) and now you can almost understand everything he says and he's talking a lot more, he just turned 4

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 21473 posts
status 19th Jun '13
Quoting Buzz and Almond Joys momm:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Colt's mommy:</b>" no, that's why i'm looking in to what i ... [snip!] ... If you can wait until I am not mobile I have a great website you could use for the meantime. It helped my son and my nephew."


Thanks. I was hoping to find a website or just some techniques I could use to help. I mean, he'll try to sound out the word and you can tell he's trying different ways to say it to make it wound right but some letters/words he just can't say right.

*~Katelynne Elyzabeth~* Due August 29; 1 child; mashpee, MA, United States 452 posts
19th Jun '13

My son will be 4 in October as well and he is the same way. My son is actually a year behind in speech due to constant ear infections that caused him to have fluid build up in his ear causing him to lose to hearing, until he got tubes. Everything he said was very muffled. I talked to his pediatrician about it and he suggested early intervention. After age 3 they age out of the program but can be placed in the public school for help. My son has come so far just from November. He can still be hard to understand, but we definitely have less moments of him being upset due to us not understading him. Talk to your pedi about what you can do if you are really concerned.
They also have APPS you can download on your phone or ipad for articulation. we downloaded a few and my son he seemed to like them.
My sons preschool also used this program called "lively letters" that worked wonders! I want to get it for home as well. It teaches kids all the letter names and sounds through a song and motion for each. My son loves it. He will be 4 in October can tell me half of the letter names and the sound of every letter.



Sorry for such a long post but hope I helped! I know how upsetting it is when you see your kids getting upset due to something they can't help.
Good luck!

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 21473 posts
status 19th Jun '13
Quoting [yo.]:" You couldn't understand a word my son said when he was three, started preschool at 3.5 (because of his ... [snip!] ... 3.5 (because of his speech) and now you can almost understand everything he says and he's talking a lot more, he just turned 4"


I think it would benefit my LO to start pre-k because he's not in daycare or anything, but I've just been using preschool work books at home. He's super smart, but the word pronunciation and social skills need worked on and I'm finding that very difficult for me to help with.

ChristinaLynne Due October 7 (boy); 2 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29250 posts
status 19th Jun '13

We have to use the word he says wrong and say it correctly 3 times then use it in a sentence. It's what the speech therapist recommended