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Speech disorders are becoming increasingly common in children. Many children are diagnosed with speech disorders and need intervention to assist them. Thankfully, early intervention is the key and many children will have their speech corrected before they start school
If you’ve noticed an irregular speech pattern in your child, you should get them assessed as soon as possible. Early childhood centres like ToBeMe offer speech pathologists in-house to provide the best resources to assist your child in their pivotal early years. Here are some of the more common speech disorders found in young children.
Stuttering is a common problem in children. A person who stutters may repeat the first part of a word or have difficult saying one sound inside a word. This interferes with fluency and being able to construct a sentence. It can also be frustrating as children have difficulty communicating their message. Stuttering is complicated, but it’s often treatable from a young age.
Apraxia is an oral-motor speech disorder. Also known as dyspraxia, children with this condition may have trouble forming certain speech sounds into words because of difficulty moving muscles in the mouth. Treatments for apraxia will vary from person to person and they will depend on whether the condition was acquired or developmental.
Articulation disorders can include a wide range of errors. Often, children simply haven’t reached the developmental stage to make a particular sound. However, sometimes children may have experienced hearing issues or enlarged tonsils or adenoids, which can contribute to difficulty with articulation. Lisps are also a form of articulation error that can be treated with regular speech pathology sessions.
What Can Help Common Speech Disorders in Children?
A speech pathologist is trained to assess your child’s speech patterns and identify what may be normal for their age, or a potential speech problem. They will form a treatment plan for your child, which may include regular speech pathologist sessions and a few tips to try at home. The more your child practices these exercises, the more likely they are to have success with improving their speech.
ToBeMe offers a shared consulting room for professionals including Speech Pathologists and Paediatric Occupational Therapists with access to specialist equipment in the gym. If you want a day care centre that is more than just a child minding centre, ToBeMe is there to ensure your child develops to be the best they can be. Through the four key connections of learning and teaching, your child is given the best opportunity to learn and grow. Contact us for more information today.