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Developmental therapist with a speech impetiment

Our 18 month old's DT is a really nice lady, but she cannot pronounce the "R" sound. Any other job I would think nothing of it, but she is specifically helping him with his developmental delays. She is really working on body parts, animals, animal sounds, but about a 1/3 she isn't pronouncing proper. Its only one day a week for an hour, and I really question how much he is really getting out of it, but should we quietly request a new DT?


Asked by karamille at 1:40 PM on Jul. 13, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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Answers (8)
  • Talk it over privately with a supervisor. I would want a change too.

    Answer by elizabr at 1:42 PM on Jul. 13, 2010

  • Oh, I agree with elizabr

    Answer by MommyH2 at 1:46 PM on Jul. 13, 2010

  • If it that prominent, yes, my brother started speaking with a lisp because I had one and I was the one who taught him to speak.

    Answer by jamesonjustines at 1:42 PM on Jul. 13, 2010

  • I would allow the therapist to work with him but also in the mean time, I would also work with him myself. If he hears the proper pronunciation of a word, he will eventually learn the proper usage of the word.

    Answer by teddybeargirl at 1:47 PM on Jul. 13, 2010

  • I might have at one time thought the same thing, however, my son who has very severe autism had a therapist with a strong russian accent and did very well with her....and now my daughter is in the same program with a lady with a very thick british that has ended up being quite comical...she has done an entire class presentation with a british accent...but she can still distinguish between the accent and canadian english.... by giving up this therapist you could be missing out on something really good....the r-sound if it becomes a problem can be worked on later....

    Answer by FXmomTo3 at 1:54 PM on Jul. 13, 2010

  • She has a speech IMPEDIMENT? Is she easily understood even with the "R" issue? YOU will be spending a lot more time with him and he will hear YOUR speech paterns and pronunciation. I wouldn't worry about it. SHe IS working on OTHER issues with him,right?

    Answer by gertie41 at 1:50 PM on Jul. 13, 2010

  • Well... she is supposed to be working on gross motor skills, but I think she just really rather play with books and puzzles. =P She isn't doing anything with him that we don't already do every day. Occupational therapy is starting next week. What he REALLY needs is physical therapy, but there are no PTs available to take him on right now. They are giving us an OT as a consolation prize because we can't get a PT. I would love to drop the DT all together as I feel its a waste of my time, but I don't want to refuse one service while begging for another. But if I have to plan my day around her coming, I would at least like someone to not undermind the progess we are doing as a family. :)

    Comment by karamille (original poster) at 1:56 PM on Jul. 13, 2010

  • Oh... in case anyone is wondering. Ikey has the genetic condition Nf1. His particular variant has never been documented before. His delays are directly related to the low muscle tone, loose joints from the Nf1, as well as his failure to thrive issues from incredibly high calorie needs. He didn't even babble until 9 months, but now says about 25 words, but they are hard to understand.

    Comment by karamille (original poster) at 2:00 PM on Jul. 13, 2010