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June 19, 2023

Does my child need Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is a valuable resource for children who are having difficulty with speech and language development.

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Jen Wirt

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Speech therapy is a valuable resource for children who are having difficulty with speech and language development. Early intervention is key when it comes to speech therapy, as the earlier a child receives help, the more likely they are to make significant progress. Here are some signs that may indicate that your child needs speech therapy:

  1. Delayed speech: Children develop at different rates, but if your child is significantly behind their peers in terms of speech and language development, they may benefit from speech therapy. This may include not speaking at all, or only speaking a few words by the age of 2.
  2. Difficulty with speech sounds: Children who have trouble producing certain sounds, such as "s," "r," or "th," may need speech therapy. This may also include difficulty with pronunciation or articulation.
  3. Limited vocabulary: If your child has a limited vocabulary, or struggles to understand and use words in conversation, they may need speech therapy.
  4. Difficulty with social communication: Children who have trouble initiating and maintaining conversations, or have difficulty understanding social cues, may need speech therapy. This may include difficulty making eye contact, taking turns in conversation, or understanding nonverbal cues.
  5. Stuttering: If your child stutters, or has trouble speaking in a fluid manner, they may benefit from speech therapy. Stuttering can be a sign of a speech and language delay or disorder.
  6. Struggles with reading and writing: Children who struggle with reading and writing, or have difficulty understanding what they read, may need speech therapy. This may also include difficulty with comprehension and recall.
  7. Trouble following instructions: Children who have trouble following instructions, or struggle to understand what others are saying, may need speech therapy. This may include difficulty with memory and attention.
  8. Physical difficulties: Children who have physical difficulties with speech, such as drooling, trouble swallowing, or frequent ear infections, may need speech therapy.

It's important to keep in mind that these signs may not necessarily mean that your child needs speech therapy. However, if you notice any of these signs in your child, it may be a good idea to have them evaluated by a speech therapist. The earlier your child receives help, the more likely they are to make significant progress in their speech and language development.

Speech therapy can help children overcome speech and language delays, improve their communication skills, and build their confidence. With the right support and resources, children can develop the skills they need to communicate effectively and thrive.

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