Q: My 4-year-old daughter has some speech issues. I can understand her, but no one else can. Should I do anything about it or just wait until she starts kindergarten next year?
A: Do something! Being understood is directly linked to self-esteem in a child.
She needs to have a speech evaluation. You can seek this service in a private agency (no idea if your insurance will pay for this), but in many states there are free screening services available to preschool age children. In the state/county where I live it is called Child Find and it is through our public school system. (I’ve worked with this organization in my classroom many times and they are fantastic!) If the evaluation indicates that your daughter has speech needs then it is quite possible that she can receive free services in your neighborhood school before she even begins kindergarten.
This is definitely worth checking out.