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When to evaluate?

When to evaluate?

My 2 year old (almost 3 in November) has a hard time with the F and V sounds. She also can’t pucker, or blow bubbles, or even kiss a mirror, she appears flat lipped. Many tell me to relax and wait until she’s three, am I over thinking it?

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  1. My daughter starting speaking later than normal and her speech was very unclear so I had her evaluated when she was about 2.5 years old. I am glad that I started when I did because she really need the help. She is almost 5 and has progressed tremendously but is still in speech therapy. I would say go with your gut. It doesn’t hurt to get an evaluation.

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    1. Thanks Melissa – that’s what I’m thinking too!

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  2. Agree with Melissa. I had my daughter evaluated at three. They basically assessed her as the low end of normal and identified some specific sounds and skills to look out for. It helped us work with her at home, and gave her teacher the knowledge she needed to help her at school.

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  3. Hi Kristen… Typically most children are able to say the F sound by age 3 (the V sound sometimes develops later). Given that your daughter is almost 3 and also that she has limited lip movement, an evaluation by the time she’s 3 is a good idea. A speech therapist can listen to her sounds as well as evaluate her oral-motor strength and coordination. Good luck and feel free to ask if you have any more questions!

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    1. Thanks Cara – you validated what I was thinking! Now…to find a therapist.

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