Albeit to a limited few, language or speech problems among children pose huge concerns to teachers and parents alike. It is convenient, therefore, if you notice unusual speech progress from your kid to act immediately.
One of the surest and safest ways is to seek services of a certified-speech language pathologist. Apart from diagnosing the speech disorder, in case of prolonged speech failure, the pathologist will usher your kid to speech delay treatment. This is normally applicable to kids or adults whose speech problems went undetected during the earlier stages.
Just like other medical procedures, speech-delay treatment is an integrated approach and requires commitments from parents, pathologists and kids. The process may entail but must not exclude:
This is the first approach towards overcoming delayed-speech problems. As part of the treatment, the pathologist may attend to a child as an individual or collect them in a special room before the session.
Commonly used techniques are:
This is a one-on-one approach. At this juncture, the pathologist will interact directly with the children through gestures, books, pictures, or question as a way of stimulating language development. Alternatively, the pathologist may challenge the grammar or vocabularies levels among the children and use repetitions so as to foster understanding.
This is an exercise that entails training children to articulate or produce words properly. It is mostly done when the children are in playful mood. The pathologist will arrange children according to their age brackets and needs and teach them how to make some of the sounds. Physical demonstration such as tongue rolling is done during the process.
These are exercises that are done to specifically strengthen the mouth’s muscles of a child. Some of the exercises that the process entails are; lip, tongue, facial massage, tongue and jaw exercises. Additionally, the pathologist may also introduce a child to foods of different textures and temperatures. As part of the larger exercises, these techniques contribute greatly towards improving child’s oral awareness.