Does your child have difficulty in pronouncing few words?
This sounds cute in the initial stages but if not addressed on time, it can leave your child behind compared to their peers’ performance wise.
Act before it is too late.
In anyone tells you, or if you notice yourself that your child is facing problem communicating, or if you have noticed an occasional stutter or stammer while your child is talking, consider taking a professional aid.
Speech Therapy: Help your child speak more clearly
This is because your child has problem with either speech or language skills.
NOTE: First try correcting your child at home. If he/she doesn’t change the way of pronouncing/articulating, only then seek professional aid.
What does a Speech Therapist do?
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I’m sure this question is revolving round your mind from the day you have felt your child needs professional help.
Relax! We have tried our best to throw some light on what a Child Speech Therapist does.
Speech Therapist helps the child with
- Articulation: Articulation problem is when the child has a problem in pronouncing syllables or words in a way the listener understands what is being said.
- Fluency: A therapist can help the child in keeping the fluency of the speech intact without stuttering.
- Resonance: Resonance disorder is when the child has problem with volume, pitch, or quality of voice. The therapists can train the child in attaining the scale of speech which does not distract listeners.
- Oral Feeding Disorders: If your child has problem with eating, drooling or swallowing, a speech therapist can professional help in minimizing or completely solving the problem.
- Language Disorders: There are 2 types of language disorders which can be addressed by a Child speech therapist.
- Receptive Disorders: The child might have problem in processing and understanding what is being said.
- Expressive Disorders: In this case, the child will have problem putting up words to express in an appropriate manner.
If you find any problem with respect to your child’s speech, make sure you visit your child’s paediatrician first before consulting a Child Speech Therapist.
Whatever be problem, if addressed in the initial stage, you can gift your child a healthy and confidant life.
Your child will learn the initial and basic conversational skills from you, the parents, and family.
FACTS TO REMEMBER:
Your child will first speak the language that he hears at home.
If he hears Hindi, he will speak Hindi.
If he hears another language, he’ll speak that language.
If he hears two languages, he’ll speak a mixture of both.
If you’re thinking of joining your child to an English medium school, then you’ll need to speak to him in English at least three months before he joins the school.
Continue when he joins school.
The beauty of it is that Indian children are most often bi-lingual and they speak two languages almost with equal ease.
Upto the age of 2, it is presumed that your child will speak mostly in his mother tongue.
From 18 months to 2 years your child will have a vocabulary of 30 words.
They’ll soon learn the ability to combine two words like ‘ball gone’, ‘where daddy’.
You can help your children by teaching them new words.
For example: – Use adjectives with nouns- ‘good boy’ and adverbs with verbs – ‘run quickly’ etc.
By now your child should have a vocabulary of 200 words.
Their attention span is longer than before.
They tend to listen to your explain and answer your questions.
They may still mispronounce words and may lisp.
But as they gain confidence and fluency they’ll get better at it.
You can help them increase their vocabulary by using unfamiliar words in such a way that they can guess the word’s meaning.
At this stage you can introduce English.
Bring home word and picture charts and books.
Point to objects and name them in English.
Ask your child to point in the same way and to repeat the words after you.
Your child will pronounce correctly, if you do so.
Children will enjoy learning new words at this age.
They carefully listens to adult conversations and can describe how they feel by using words like ‘cold’, ‘hot’, ‘on’ and ‘under’.
Their mind is racing ahead of their ability to form words.
Sometimes your child may stutter if it’s severe, it might be advisable to consult a speech therapist.
Children of this age talk a great deal.
They tend to boast and exaggerate and also have imaginary friends.
They love conversations and tend to ask questions not so much to gain information as to make you talk.
So you can improve their vocabulary by indulging and engaging them in a quality 2-way exchange.
Your 5-year-old asks innumerable questions, and now starts to really seek new information.
Children of this age love to be read to and want to say things correctly and will often ask you for proper grammatical pronunciations and usage.
They understand opposites and will be able to define words if you ask them.
Important Takeaways from this article:
Word games like scramble are an excellent mental exercise at this age.
These enable them to think clearly resulting in lucid speech.
Encourage your children to read books as they constantly provide food for your young and curious minded kid in the form of knowledge and also improving their vocabulary.
The most important thing for children is their parent’s attention; this is one thing they cannot do without.
It’s very important that you pronounce the words correctly yourself as your child learns most of his language skills from you.
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