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?