Why Speech and Language Therapy Is Important For Children?

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Language and speech play a pivotal role in mental as well as social development of human being. In an aim to develop strong communication skills, one has to be sharp in both receptive and expressive language which relates to speaking, reading, understanding or composing.

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The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy proves to be a blessing for those children and young people (having age among 0 to 19 years) struggling with speech, communication and language problems.

If your child is suffering from any of the below mentioned symptoms, then your child may needs a prompt Speech and Language Therapy.

  • Social Interactions/Meetings
  • Framing Words and Sentences
  • Clear Speech
  • Listening and Understanding the Language
  • Fluency in Speech
  • Swallowing or Feeding
  • Voice Problems

Majorly Speech Disorders Include:

  • Articulation Disorders: Difficulties while producing sounds or uttering words incorrectly that listeners aren’t able to understand.
  • Voice Disorders: Issues related to quality, volume, or pitch of the voice that distract the listeners from what’s being delivered. It causes pain for children while speaking!
  • Fluency Disorders: Stuttering, repetitions, abnormal stoppages, flow of speech and prolonging sounds are few of the common issues related to fluency disorders.
  • Oral Feeding Disorders: As the name suggest, it includes the difficulties with eating, swallowing and drooling.

Major Language Disorders Include –

  • Receptive Disorders: Difficulties related to understanding the language.
  • Expressive Disorders: Inability to use language, framing sentences, limited vocabulary or insufficiency to use language in social interactions.

The main purposes of Speech and Language Therapy –

  1. To help children and young people develop the best yet effective communication skills in the context of related health ailments. It can be related to spoken communication or learning communication aids such as signs, gestures and symbols.
  2. To up lift every child’s educational and social development, the process of learning to communication plays an eminent role. The Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) help assessing the child or young’s communication difficulties with proper liaison-ing with parents on how to promote the developmental skills.
  3. SLTs, often work in partnership with others to assist children and young people while developing their communication skills. It usually means a partnership with teachers, parents/careers, support assistants and child care unit.
  4. Special training sessions are extended to the victims to make them understand the nature and impact of communication issues. Advice is shared to assist parents in carrying out specific practice activities at home.

It aids in balancing and improving communication between the body and mind through visuals/audio aids such as LCDs, projectors and tape recorders.

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