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My friend has a 4-year-old that is small for his age, has trouble pronouncing sounds and does not talk a lot. Should she be concerned? What should I tell her to look out for? What should she do to get him ready to start school next year?

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Asked by JDOLL75 at 9:27 PM on Jan. 13, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • There is probably nothing to be concerned about but she may want to jot down any questions, observations, or concerns and ask the doctor at his next doctor's appointment or at the Health screening that he will have to do for Kindergarten. Things to work on- routines, sharing, and social development. This can be done at home and through play dates. Letters- recognizing letters and their sounds, writing- start working on writing his name and a few other letters, Counting- 1-10, Days of the week, Months of the year, colors, shapes, etc. He may be able to do all of this already or there may be a few things that he does not know how to do yet. That is okay. If he does know it then he has a head start, if not, he will soon catch up. What state do they ?live in? I can find the standards of what they will be learning in Kindergarten for her state, that way she knows what do expect before hand.


    Answer by JeremysMom at 9:36 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • she needs o talk to the ped

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 9:42 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • Call the health department and find out what she needs to do to get him screened. If he qualifies for speech services it is better to start as soon as you can.

    Answer by Jessycwr at 10:11 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

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