Q:

My daughter is just 4. When she talks fast, she frequently can't seem to find the right word to say. Then she throws herself on the floor and is inconsolable for a while. Also, when she starts to say some words, she hesitates and is almost doing what I would call stuttering.

Recently, she was evaluated by the public school's speech therapist, who said there were no serious problems. I believe the therapist said this because of limited funding for therapy. What is the next step? -- Speechless

A:

You should have your child's speech evaluated by a speech language pathologist. Take these results to the school if the pathologist believes there is a serious speech problem requiring therapy and ask for a re-evaluation, as your child may be eligible for free speech therapy.