Over the past year, I had realized that my daughter had a speech concern. I saw online that a stranger should understand 75% of what was being said. They couldn't. I looked at the sounds she should be able to make, she can't make a lot of them. She has a great vocabulary and once you're around her enough you can make sense of most of what's being said, but I definitely have concerns. She was in Head Start last year in a small town. They said they screened her in April, no concerns. She had a pedi checkup for a physical for school in a new state in May, her doctor said she should be screened for articulation disorder. She had an initial screening in May. They sent us home with two worksheets to do over the summer. (The worksheets basically had pictures and DD had to tell me what they were. If she spoke the word correctly, she got a check and if not she got an X. We had to do it twice a week for six weeks. She never progressed. We had to mail it in, they evaluated it and had a second screening at the beginning of August. They said she "failed" that screening and would be placed in Head Start and whenever the speech therapist had an opening, she would be evaluated again and if she failed she would receive speech services and an IEP. Now, everyone agrees she has an articulation disorder, but she hasn't been formally diagnosed so we can't do anything.
What should I be doing at home to help? This seems like a long drawn out process and my daughter deserves some help in the meantime. She is starting to get frustrated at people not understanding her. The only advice the school is giving me is to model the appropriate pronounciation. So, what else? And is there a way to get this speech and IEP sped up?