Friday, August 3, 2012

Dysfluency & Preschool Screening

One week from today, Roxy will have a preschool screening at the local public preschool program.  

Let me back up a little.  Our original plan was to start Roxy in a private Christian school's preschool program next year when she turned four.  And we are still not 100% positive that we will enroll her for preschool this year if she qualifies.  

Three months ago, we didn't think she would qualify for public preschool and this wouldn't be an option.  That was before the dysfluency began.  

Roxy began stuttering a few months ago.  It was true stutters where "my" became "m..m..my" and "where" because "wh..wh..where."  We were concerned, but were assured by everyone we could think to ask that it would pass and was not uncommon for children Roxy's age who were experiencing "bursts of language."

The stuttering quickly turned into something more.  Now when she begins a sentence, Roxy often finds it hard to get any sound to come out at first and is straining her facial muscles from trying so hard.  Rather than it simply being a matter of time before it goes away, it could be a developmental delay.  

Through Gigi's resources, we were able to get a screening appointment and are anxiously awaiting our meeting with the speech pathologist at the school.  

It is possible that this dysfluency will qualify her for preschool a year earlier than we anticipated.  I'm still not sure how I feel about it.  In some ways, I think it would be a fantastic opportunity and Roxy would learn how to sit still through an activity; her dysfluency would get better; and she would learn.  On the other hand, isn't it too early?  

Have you experienced dysfluency with your child?  What was your experience?

How do you feel about preschool at age 3?  Would you wait?

~Samantha

4 comments:

  1. Hi Samantha, I was drawn to your tweet when I saw the word "dysfluency," being an SLP who works with preschool-aged kids. Stuttering is a passion of mine.
    I hope your visit with the SLP goes well and you feel comfortable with the decisions you make as a result. I'm always in favour of preschool for kids aged 3-5, and I almost always see positive changes in their speech and language development as a result of going. But it still comes down to personal choice and your parental instincts as to whether she is ready. Good luck with your decisions and remember you can always change your mind if you feel it's not working out.

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    1. Thank you, Amanda, for talking with me on Twitter. It really made me feel better about the dysfluency and her going to preschool earlier than we intended. I truly appreciate your insight!

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  2. Hi Samantha. I am sorry that y'all are having to make this difficult decision, but I'm sure you will come to the right one. My little brother did not have dysfluency, but he did have a speech impediment growing up (his L's and R's sounded like Y's, like Elmer Fudd on steroids). This caused him to stop speaking out of frustration at times. The speech pathologist at my elementary school at the time examined him and thought he would have to do years of speech therapy, and recommended he start preschool early. My mother did as recommended, and after 1 1/2 years my little brother was just fine. Now, 16 years later, you'd have no idea he suffered from that speech impediment years ago.

    I wish you the best in whatever decision you make!

    I'm now following you from the "Southern Bloggers" link-up! I hope you'll head over to my page and follow me back. Us southern bloggers gotta stick together ;-)

    Sarah B Texas @ City Girl Gone Country

    (ps: Be sure to come link up to our Sunday Snaps Link Up and show off YOUR favorite photographs!)

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! We are impatiently waiting for the screening to get here so we can figure out what the best solution is for our little one :)

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