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Mild "M.R".with markedly " Delayed Speech"

How to train ( or educate) a mildly mentally retarded child having markedly  delayed speech . He is 4 yr old but V.M S is that of a 2 yr & 6 months' child.Can speak only two simple words together . He does not mix with other children in preschool( where he goes for last one month) may be because unable to speak much { he siarted speaking at age of 3 yrs} ;Does he need a special tutor ? Or parents should be encoureged to get involved in interacting and stimulating his skills and speech.How to stimulate his speach?.How  to teach him to write.? Manni


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Thanks a lot for your encouraging reply I am trying at home first as the special schools are far off  manni 339
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Thanks a lot; I will try at home first as the school for speech therapy is not nearby.I will definitely give feedback  manni339
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Are speech therapy and occupational therapy available where you live?  Are there any programs or classes in which he can be enrolled?  Any specialists in the field of child development that he can see?

If not, I would read to him A LOT and try to sound out words together, be encouraging over any attempt he makes and don't get upset or disappointed if he can't or won't try to say something.  Only positive reinforcement.  Role play--you play the role of another kid who takes a toy from him and ask him what he would do in that situation or ask him what he would do if he wanted a toy you (playing another child) had.  Again, praise positive/good interactions and gently guide him towards better solutions.  You don't want him to shut down and not try, so it's important to be encouraging and positive.

Take him to the pediatrician and ask for recommendations--a program or therapist or even a book--to help you know what to do to give him the best chance to grow and learn.

All the best to you.
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Hello, my son who is also speech delayed goes to a state sponserd school that handles children with such difficulties. This program is free and i believe would help your son tremendously. The class which has approx 8-10 handicapped children has several teachers, two of which are speech therapists. When starting this program, my son was barely able to speak 1 to 2 individual words now is speaking 5 words almost complete sentences. However 6 months before starting this school, my wife and i began cleasion theropy(dont know if i spelt that correctly). We believe that this condition was due to the heavy metal poisoning from the vacinations. Regardless if it was due to that or not the cleasion theropy did wonders. All the symptoms of aspbergers disease practically ceased. I hope this helps
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