There are many good reasons not to wait. Many children are embarrassed about the way they talk. They know they sound different. Many children are teased because of their speech problems. Some children have trouble spelling because they spell a word the way they incorrectly say it. Also, the older a child gets the more they resent having to take the time to go to speech therapy. They resent the embarrassment of being pulled out of class for speech if they receive therapy in school. Private therapy, after school, may interfere with after-school activities the child loves. As a rule, waiting is not usually in the best interests of the child.