Understanding whether your child is having a speech
problem or not can be a very as well as a very difficult situation. Parents
are required to first get this clear that the commencement of language
development in their child and their skill to properly communicate in a
multitude of ways develops prior to the period when the kid actually uses
simple words. So the tracking or the monitoring of the childâ€™s
developmental progress must be done real early if you want to ascertain
whether they are reaching their communication milestones
on time. The child begins to use his first utterance of words by the time he is
12 to 15 months old.
Here are Some
Simple Signs that help you Understand Whether your Kid is Having Speech
Problems or Not:
your childâ€™s behavior in his kindergarten or preschool.
Do you find his behavior markedly different from the other kids? Check whether
your child is retreated or communicating readily. You also need to note if the
other children or the teachers are finding it difficult to understand what your
child is trying to say.
your childâ€™s behavior during learning and play activities. These are wonderful
ways to detail and prolong your observation as in these cases, your child will
be required to follow directions and do the maximum of communication
with other kids as well as with the teacher. If you notice any sign of
frustration or irritation in the child while he is talking, listening or
following direction, you should know it is a cause of concern.
a retreating character or becoming inattentive is defensive measures that a
child adopts when he realizes that he is unable to communicate at par with
other kids of his age. Every human being right from the moment that he is a
child can automatically understand a basic fact that communication is
necessary. So when he finds that he is â€˜differentâ€™ from others and also aware
where the fault lies, he loses interest in the regular classroom activities and
play activities. He doesnâ€™t want to communicate at all.
Frustrated and Violent
his behavior and reactions during his various emotional moods are signs on
whether he has got a normal communication or a speech disorder. When the child
is happy, angry or excited and wants to say something but is unable to put his
words in the manner that wound like to, how does he behave? Does he feel
challenged while expressing himself? When this is the case, the child usually
shows mild to moderate signs of frustration and can even bite or hit other
children who are around him or teachers. He basically becomes violent.
Gesturing More than
you find your child gesturing instead of communicating with words most of the
times you should know that the child is actually not comfortable with speech.
He avoids calling people of objects by their names, lest they are not clearly
understood. Such kids are found to grab at objects that they want or tug at
people that want to be with. This is the preferred way of response and manner
they like to indicate his choices.
Difficulty in Following
you notice that the child is finding it difficult to follow instructions and
directions, however simple they might be, is a major indication that the kid is
having speech disorder. Also if you find that the kids always prefers to follow
procedures by watching others perform it rather than listening and following
instructions, you should know that this is a sure sign of speech disorder.
There is nothing to be disheartened as such children
can be effectively treated by a speech language specialist after a thorough
speech language evaluation.