littlemeadow Posted November 10, 2012 Share Posted November 10, 2012 My almost 14yo ds needs help with his speech but I don't know where to go. I have tried getting him help through regular speech therapy twice, but both times my son did very well when he was being evaluated. The first speech therapist didn't think he had a problem, and the second speech therapist said his speech was fine but got all happy about trying to diagnose him with Asperger's and Sensory Processing Disorder instead (I don't want to get into this now because it will take me a LONG time to explain it, but I feel pretty certian that he does not have either of these). He is capable of pronouncing words well --- sometimes; he is capable of projecting his voice --- sometimes; he is capable of speaking strongly --- sometimes. But most often, he does not do any of this. He has a very bad habit of holding his mouth and lips and tongue very still, so that there is not a lot of distinction between his words and it sounds like he is actually holding in his words. He doesn't do this when he is being evaluated, because then he is very conscious of how he speaks and does really well. I've tried to explain this to both of the speech therapists that have evaluated him, but they don't see it so to them the speech problem doesn't exist. That's understandable. But it does exist, and I really want to get him some help, but I don't know where to turn. He is very intelligent, but I am afraid that his poor speech habit will be a disadvantage to him in his life. Already people tend to tune him out when he starts talking like this. I have a hard time listening when he is talking like this. The poor speech seems to drown out anything that he is saying. Any ideas on what I could do to help him? On where I could go to get him help? Thanks for any help you can give me. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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