Children who suffer from delayed development are
observed to show symptoms of delayed speech development as well. It is found to
occur in 5-10% amongst all children. Another interesting fact is that boys are
likely to have speech
disorder three to four times more compared to girls.
Can Get a Hint that your child is having or likely to have a speech problems
when you notice any or all of the following:
This is alternatively known as Disfluencies. The child
ends up repeating the sound, word or phrase continuously while speaking or even
when he is playing or just with himself. This condition is a lot akin to
stuttering and doctors opine that stuttering
is basically a serious version of disfluency.
repetition of sounds, words or phrases is observed in children who are
beyond four years old.
child displays a great degree of frustration
as he is unable to communicate in the manner that he wants to. This can
give rise to behavior disorder if the problem is not redressed on time.
child jerks his head and blinks his eyes persistently while trying to
speak. This is because he tries very hard to speak properly and puts in a
lot of effort in his attempt to come out clear in his utterances. This
behavior can turn into a mannerism as the child grows up.
child also shows a great degree of embarrassment as he tries to speak.
This is not only when he speaks at a public place but also within the
family. He can very well understand that he is not sounding as he is
expected to and that he is ending up saying the wrong way despite the fact
that he is trying his best not to. This leads him to withdraw from social
and personal communication and they are prone to turn into a recluse as
they suffer a huge loss of confidence.
Disorder – Also known as articulation deficiency, the child
makes incorrect and inappropriate sounds. He is into the habit of doing it
persistently and parents often end up scolding the child thinking that they are
being naughty and not following instructions. But one needs to realize that
this is not a behavioral issue but a disorder that requires speech therapy.
speech of the child remains unintelligible even when the child reaches his
third year, the period when any other normal kid would have developed the
basic conversation skills.
child shows a tendency to leave out the consonants that are at the
beginning of the words when he is around three years old.
does the same for the consonants that are at the end of eth words when he
is fours years old.
the time the child reaches seven, he shows continual problems in
is also prone to simply leave out certain sounds that are necessary in the
pronunciation of certain words.
is also prone to distorting the sounds in general and ends up substituting
the correct sound with an incorrect one, but unconsciously.
Disorder – The child shows symptoms of abnormality while
letting out a sound, that is, uttering a word or a phrase or saying a sentence.
The loudness, pitch and quality of the same are highly away from the desired or
can notice pitch deviations in the speech of the child.
quality and loudness of the voice also gets deviated while the child makes
a desperate attempt to speak properly.
Since one of the most primary means of communication
is speech, it is indeed difficult for a child when he develops speech problems.
The situation becomes all the more compounded when the speech is affected as it
acts as one of the benchmarks to determine the developmental progress in a
child. But a speech therapy can always help the child in overcoming this
difficulty and lead a normal life with a good deal of support from his parents.