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How to address speech problems in kids

Is your child facing problems when it comes to understanding spoken language? Is he having
troubles speaking and formulating proper sentences? Then you might want to consider taking
him to a language specialist; only an expert will know the cause and he has the experience to
come up with an interactive plan that will help your toddler speak fluently.
Identify the problem
Verbal communication is the best way to learn, whether you’re child is in a classroom, at home
or on the playground. The truth is, both language and speech problem can easily interfere with
your child’s development and learning routine. Hence, oral language issues are often an early
indicator that your child is facing writing and reading problems. That’s why it’s compulsory for
the parent to spot the problem and find an adequate treatment that will help the child
overcome his language and speech problems.
In most cases, the teacher is the first person to observe that the toddler is having speaking or
listening skills that do not live up to the expectations of his age. When in school, your child
might be having difficulties in hearing questions or speaking when questioned. As a parent, you
need to stay in touch with the teacher considering that his observations will probably confirm
that your child’s speaking problems are real.
A child that has difficulties in expressing what he thinks in words might develop serious speech
problems later on in life if the problem is not treated from early age. Some of the symptoms
your child might be having are: inability to form a sentence and speak fluently, irritability when
trying to speak, nervousness, bad pronunciation, and more.
Evaluate the problem
The moment your child start developing oral language problems, you are advised to take him to
a therapist. Both speech and language issues can be extremely serious, and they can interfere in
your child’s growth as an adult. Some parents might have the tendency to ignore these issues
because they believe their toddler’s speaking abilities will eventually develop properly. That’s
wrong because you can never know what’s inside your child’s mind if you don’t attempt to talk
to him and see what’s going on.
You can choose to have your child’s speaking abilities tested at school or you can hire a private
practitioner. Either way, it’s important for the child to feel comfortable and not pressured in any
way. A therapist will be able to make a profile of your child’s strengths when it comes to
learning and speaking.

You can always choose to take your child to the pediatrician or to a psychologist. In most cases
the speaking problems are not serious at all, and they emerge because of a shy personality.
Every child is different and some of them do not have the courage to speak for themselves, and
when they do they get really nervous.
A language and speech evaluation can include interviews with the teachers and parents to
assess the child’s behavior. Together, the therapist will try to make up a plan that will trigger the
communication skills of the child. Some of the most common categories utilized by specialists to
determine the severity of your child’s speaking problems are: expressive language, articulation,
and receptive language.
To be sure that your child has speech problems, you need to eliminate the other causes of his
shyness. Hence, a visit to the pediatrician is compulsory. The child might have other issues that
have nothing to do with speech such as sleep patterns, nutrition, hearing, etc.
How to find a language and speech specialist
Prior to deciding on a speech specialist for your child, make sure to request a language and
speech evaluation from the school. Although not every school will be able to give you
such an evaluation, at least you can talk to the teacher to make sure that a speech
evaluation is required and that your child really has problems when speaking.
Afterwards, it’s time to find a language specialist that will help your child develop his speech
skills and become more articulate. You can start asking your friends first, and if they have kids
too they might know someone you can trust. You pediatrician might also have the contact of
someone reliable and trustworthy. It’s critical to consider a language specialist that is good with
the kids. Speech problems in children between the ages of 7 and 10 tend to develop other
conditions such as severe shyness and nervousness. After a couple of sessions the child will gain
confidence, he will have to take up some language lessons from the therapist and he will
definitely manage to overcome his speech problems.

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