My son started preschool this year. I just had a conference with the teacher regarding what they have been observing in class with my DS. My DS has never been in a school setting before, so this is new for him. They notice that at certain times he uses his hands too much with other kids,whether it's pushing them or bumping them, etc.(He is really a very sweet kid so this throws me for a loop when I hear he is doing that.) They say it's definitely not out of anger or frustration and not a behavioral problem and they truly believe it is because he has trouble verbally communicating his needs to other children. They think it's a way he knows how to get their attention and a way to make friends.
He can speak his words and sentences okay (with the exception of "th" sounds, where he still uses an "f" sound) but I think he could use help with articulating what it is he wants to convey and how he is feeling. Sometimes it seems he tries so hard spitting things out when trying to explain something. The teacher suggested speech therapy and honestly, I am really hesistant with this kind of stuff for a 3 year old. I feel like this is stuff he will learn and get better at with time. However, on the other hand, I would hate for him to feel frustrated that he cannot say what it is he wants to say, especially since he's in school. I'm hoping the ST would help him be more verbal and decrease the physical behavior.
Anyway, just curious if anyone has experience with their 3-year-old in ST and what the therapist does exactly. Do they evaluate him first to see if he is a candidate? Am I in the room with them during sessions? How long is it? Et cetera.