My 3 year old Daughter is speech and language impaired. She just started in a special needs pre-school for Speech Language and Articualtion disorders. She is such a bright and friendly and intelligent little girl, it is just her speech that is impaired. When she talks, she is very hard to understand (about 30%-50% understandible depending if she is speaking in-context or out of context) Right now she is working on articulation of single words and sounds.
When we are often in public or out places and conversation comes up, people will often say hello, make normal toddler conversation. this is all Perfectly normal light conversations. simple aswers like, yes, thankyou, im having fun saying her name, ect. But she cant. I believe that she has come to know that People dont understand her. which makes it always an uncomfortable situation for me because Im not sure what to do. When she was younger it didnt matter but now thats shes older, people expect her to talk like most 3 year olds.
I Just dont know how to handle it? Im not sure if I should give her a second, like a choice to talk and then talk for her. Or if I should just talk for her, But when I do either of those people always look at me like they dont understand why she isnt talking herself. Its not usually a mean look; just confused and, kind of uncomfortable... curious maybe? Soemtimes I feel like if I talk for her, then Im just talking over her, and not giving her a voice. But then if i sit there a mouth the sylables to her so she can repeat, then I feel like I have to explain. I dont feel like I have to explain but just to just like as a politness, to clear up confusion. But then, I also dont want to go arround telling everybody about my daughters imparment, like exuses as if theres something Wrong with her. I obviously have some mixed feelings about this, I have a 4 year old duaghter and a 1 1/2 year old son; but she is My only child with any type of disabilitly or impairment. Shes so precious and I just dont want to make things harder or frustrating for her.
Does anyone have any related experience with this? I would Appreciate it So Much! Thanks!