Speech Impairment Tips:
There are four major areas in which speech and language impairments occur:
- Language disorder describes an impaired ability to express needs, ideas, or information, and/or understand what others say. Improper use
of words and their meaning, inability to express ideas, inappropriate grammatical patterns, reduced vocabulary, and inability to
follow directions are all characteristics of language disorders.
- Articulation impairment is where the child produces sounds incorrectly or has difficulty making particular sounds. The sounds may be
changed, added, left off, or distorted, which makes it hard for people to understand the child.
- Fluency disorder is when a child displays disruption in the rhythm and flow of speech. Stuttering is a communication disorder in which sounds, syllables, words and phrases are repeated.
- Voice disorder refers to an abnormal quality to pitch, resonance, or loudness in speech. People who have voice problems often notice
changes in pitch, loss of voice, loss of endurance, and sometimes a sharp or dull pain connected with voice use.
Therapy Parent Tips:
Work with your child at home because parents are a child’s first and best teachers. Show your child that reading can be fun. Read to your child every day. Visit the library frequently. Point out words on billboards and traffic signs as you drive, on food labels at the grocery store, on packages, mail, and letters. Play word games. Set an example by giving your child a chance to see you reading and writing at home.
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-WE will assess a child/ young person’s communication skills before deciding how to support any difficulties & promote more effective communication.
-WE usually work in partnership with others to help a child or young person to manage and develop their communication skills. This often means working with parents (and other family members), teachers, support assistants, staff, childcare workers or anybody that the – youngster has regular contact or support from.
-WE offer training and coaching sessions that teach people to understand the communication difficulty and provide them with ideas and strategies to help promote and maximize a youngster’s communication skills. Some training sessions are structured half or full days.