Question by  Seeker (19)

Could a speech delay in a 3 year old boy indicate a learning disability?

We have not taken him to a speech therapist, but his pediatrician suggested this may be an option. Do we need to do that?


Answer by  Latin4 (11170)

I think it is important that you talk to your child in words that he eventually will pronounce. Don't talk baby talk to him. Another important thing is to let your child be around children his own age, so he can learn from them. Take him to a speech therapist. This does not mean he had a learning disability.


Answer by  buggy418 (632)

It may be a learning disability. My grandson, who is now 7, did not learn to talk until he was 3 and even then he talked like a robot in broken sentences. His disability was due to fetal alcohol syndrome and he to this day has no short term memory.


Answer by  Anonymous

Why wouldn't you?? Of course take him to a speech therapist! It may or may not be a learning disability, but either way speech therapy won't hurt.


Answer by  John (9008)

It could, but does not necessarily mean that there is any learning problem. Speech delays are not uncommon, and many children are able to overcome them and learn normally. Getting professional help as early as possible is key, however, and if your doctor has referred you to a speech therapist, you should see one right away.

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