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For a 2 year old it could be well within normal ranges and other than having his earing checked just to make sure that everything was OK, no intervention would be recommended. However, since he is 3, the standard recommendation would be a hearing check followed by speech therapy.
The longer kids go without learning to make certain sounds, the harder it can be to learn to make them. It doesn't mean that he won't eventually catch up, just that it will take longer and be harder for him. The longer this goes on, the MORE speech therapy he will most likely end up needing, not less.
Also, kids with speech delays tend to have poor phonemic awareness (being able to rhyme words, hearing beginning and ending sounds, etc.) which puts them at risk for reading problems when they start school.
(One of my DDs had speech and languages delays).
EI is a great idea, but if they have health insurance they might be able to get in faster going through private channels. And some of these things take a while, sometimes there are waiting list for the speech therapy. Even if she feels like could wait another 6 months before taking any action, she could go ahead and get the ball rolling now because it *may* take months for therapy to start.
but everything has pros and cons