child has his own pace of development and speech development also differs in
different children. Speech disorder is commonly found in children and can be
recognized by keen observation. Speech disorders in children can be overcome by
a proper therapy session. Speech disorder can be confused with language
disorder but these two are quite different. Get more information on speech
disorder by reading ‘An introduction to speech disorder in children’.
Speech disorders are often noticed in young
children and according to experts parents need not get too worked up with it.
Rather it is important for the child that his developmental chart is closely
monitored and once you get to notice anything amiss, it is advisable to seek
the advice of a professional expert. More often than it has been observed that
the initial speech
disorders or delays can be overcome with regular therapy.
How Do You
Get to Know About It?
It is very easy to spot whether your child is
suffering from a speech disorder. Once you are used to intently observing your
child, you will notice that your child is stuttering while trying to say
something. You will also find him struggling or completely unable to produce
sounds and words in a proper manner. But the problem intensifies when parents
consider these early signals as language disorders.
It is Important
to Understand the Basic Difference Between Speech and Language Disorder.
is the inability to speak using sounds and words in a proper manner and
language disorder is the inability to express using words in a particular
language. This happens due to lack of understanding.
a speech disorder, the child can understand language and also knows what
he intends to say, but the problem is he cannot bring himself to say what
he wishes to.
disorder is more about the complex process of processing and understanding
of the words and ideas while communicating with the same with others.
the other hand, speech should be viewed as the mechanics of language.
Language is a separate problem and should also be dealt seriously. They
reflect a delay in the developmental journey of the child and can be
marked as a disability for life.
remediating a speech disorder can be done pretty early and fast. Its
effectiveness is immediate if diagnosed early and the therapy is followed
Speech disorder in children is most prominently
noticed in the pre-school
children. Around 5 to 8% of the children of this age group get affected by it.
a child is born or develops an abnormality like a cleft palate, he might
find it difficult to express through proper sounds and words though he
knows their usage and meanings.
often suffer from a common recurrent ear infection at this age. This also
leads to speech disorder as the speaking skills are primarily honed
through the hearing of the spoken words.
the frequency of the ear infections increases, speech disorders are pretty
natural. It basically impedes the developmental progression of the speech.
low muscle tone can potentially render a negative impact on the development
of speech. This can be corrected through intensive tongue and mouth
exercises that strengthen the oral muscles.
the innovative therapies, doctors suggest that child be encouraged to blow
bubbles which will help to strengthen the lip muscles.
similar benefit can be attained if he practices drinking liquids through a
can help the child by making him hold a sucker at any side of his mouth.
Make the child stand in front of the mirror, vary the position of the
sucker in and around his mouth and ask him to reach it with the help of
innovative and child friendly way is to drop a blob of peanut butter at
the back of his top teeth. The child will know its position and will
automatically try to reach his tongue to get it. This will help him get
the ‘l’ and the ‘th’ sounds.
It needs to be understood here that disorders
following due to these reasons do not necessarily mean that there is a