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|Subject:||Does my 7 year old bilingual child need a speech therapist?|
|Question:||I am English, my husband is Italian and we are raising our 3 children in Italy. My eldest boy, who is in the second year of elementary school, is slow to respond to questions, often looking as though he is searching for the right word and his sentences start with a lot of 'um's'. His Italian teacher has advised me to take him to see a speech therapist as he has a very high capacity for work and she feels that his inability to express himself is holding him back. His first language is English and he only really started to speak Italian properly 2 years ago, even though he started nursery here at the age of 3. I would like to know if this is a normal phase for a bilingual child. Thank you.|