My four-year old failed her hearing test (in one ear) at birth. By the time she was 1, she was passing her hearing tests, but my hubby and I have always wondered if maybe she was still having a hard time hearing. I know all kids develop differently, and her older sister was definitely an early talker (full sentences and grammatically correct short stories before 2 that even strangers could understand with ease). But...she turned four a few weeks ago and I'm starting to wonder how much of her speech is normal for her age and what might be a sign she's having troubles hearing. I have talked to her doc, but he's not much help.
She says a hard 'g' sound instead of 'd' most of the time, and drops her 'd' at the start of some words. 'Doggy' is 'goggy', 'daddy' is 'naddy' or 'laddy'...sometimes 'taddy', 'don't is 'gon't' and so on.
She doesn't say 'w' instead of 'r', she just kind of drops it all together if the 'r' is in the middle of a word 'serious becomes seious, 'alright' becomes 'aight', 'store' becomes 'sto', 'garage' becomes 'gahge'.
She can pronounce all of the other letter sounds normally, which is why her doctor isn't concerned. However, no one except her siblings, her dad and I can understand her when she talks right away. Strangers and our extended family ask her to repeat herself a few times, but after three or four tries, they look to me for an interpretation. She speaks in complete sentences, uses proper tenses and everything, she's just not understandable.
I'm working with her at home, but I feel like I'm not doing the best job I could be. I was hoping you guys would have some advice for me on steps I should take next, resources I could use, or if this is just normal and I'm worrying about nothing. Thanks much :)