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Top 5 Ways to Know Speech Disorders in your Child

Speech disorder is a type of disability where the patient is unable to convey his feelings clearly or is unable to understand what others are saying. Speech disorder is mainly due to some developmental problems but it can be completely corrected with the help of aids. Early diagnosis is the key to complete recovery from speech disorder. For early diagnosis it is important to identify the main symptoms of speech disorder. Read on the ways of identifying speech disorder.

What is Speech Disorder?

It is important to first get a clear idea on what is speech disorder. It can be broadly defined as the disorder of the language. This refers to the child’s difficulty to either process it and express it or get it out, or his being unable to effectively articulate it. He seems to be completely lost while expressing himself while, this is also a fact that he is totally aware and conscious of what he actually intended to say.

Usually, this speech disorder occurs due to developmental factors and in most of the cases, the children manages to recover by themselves. And when they fail to catch up on their own, they require therapeutic aid but only after they are diagnosed. It is basically the parents who are in a position to effectively guide the child to practice properly and get over it, which eventually happens most of the cases in due time. Things turn out really well if the diagnosis happens at an early stage.

How Do You Know that Your Child is Suffering from Speech Disorder? Here are Top Five Ways to Identify It:

  1. Repetition

    The child tends to repeat words, phrases and sounds even when he has passed 48 months since birth. For instance when you find your child saying water, water, water repeatedly in a sort of uncontrolled manner, you need to understand that the child is having problems in expressing. All his other understanding faculties are found to be perfectly normal and you could make out that he wants to say a complete sentence like “mamma, give me water”, or so but ends up repeating himself.

  2. Frustration while Communicating

    You will find the child expressing frustration while he is trying to express himself. This irritability follows from the realization that he is unable to come up with what is really trying to say. This means that he is completely aware of his communicating disability and that is why is frustrated as he is not able to express his actual thoughts. If the child is quiet one, this frustration is expressed in a sort of silent way or though a mild reaction that will make it clear to you that he is seriously bothered with him self. And if the child is hyper-active, the frustration can be manifested through cries and screams and the condition is also liable to turn violent.

  3. Head Jerks

    The child will be found to jerk his head in an uncontrolled manner when he is speaking. This shows that the child is desperate to express him self in proper words and say it in a manner that is desirable. As he keeps fighting with himself in his attempt to come out clear, it gets expressed through the continuous head jerks.

  4. Frequent Eye Blinking

    The child will also blink his eyes when he speaks. This can be considered a follow through of the above condition where the manner of expression is different. The child actually blinks his eyes in an attempt to say the correct thing in the correct manner. And then when he finds that he is unable to do it, he keeps trying and in this excitement, he keeps blinking while speaking.

  5. Embarrassment While Talking

    A child with a speech disorder is mostly found to be embarrassed while talking. This is because he is well aware of his inability to speak in a ‘normal’ fashion and he does not really like himself for it. He knows that he is trying hard and his repeated failure simply breaks his confidence.  This is why children with speech disorders are found to grow into introverts and uncomfortable in social gatherings. 

What Should You Do?

Identify the problem as you as a parent can do it really fast as you continually interact with your child. Therapy is only effective way out. Spend time, know your child and help him bloom!

A number of researches have been conducted to get the truth behind speech disorders and it is interesting to note that there has not been any evidence to suggest that there is any possible connection between the genes of the family or that this disorder follows from any past traumatic experience. Even if there happens to be an emotional trauma, related to the incident that the child has witnessed, it is found to dissipate once the trauma is addressed. 

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Sean Pitters.6 years ago
Simple ways of identifying the speech problem in kids has been highlighted. These are very helpful. Teachers and parents can use these as a guideline to identify speech disorders.
Siena Miller.6 years ago
The information given here is very good. the ways to identify speech disorders in kids are simple and can be done by the parent themselves. for further confirmation, parents need to take their kid to a speech pathologist.
Reeva Jones.6 years ago
it is very important to know the speech disorders in a kid. speech disorders can harm the confidence and self-esteem of a kid so to tackle it, it is important to know about it.
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