6Speech Delays And Language
These problems are believed by experts to be the most common form of developmental delay. Although they may sound really similar to each other, the fact of the matter is that they are both different types of issues. The term speech signifies the sounds that come out of an individual’s
For this reason, children who experience a speech delay may have trouble saying words the right way or may even stutter. On the other hand, the term language refers to the meaning of sounds and gestures. Children who have language problems are known to have trouble expressing themselves and/or understanding others.
There are many different reasons because of which delays in these skills may come up. These are inclusive of:
- Problems with a child’s tongue or the roof of his mouth that make it hard for him to form words and sounds
- A developmental disorder like autism spectrum disorder or cerebral palsy
- Hearing loss in case the child suffered from extensive ear infections
- A learning disability
In the case you think your child has a problem with his language or speech, it is necessary for you to get in touch with his doctor instantly. The doctor will test his hearing and then make suggestions as to whether your child should see a professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.
The specialist that you will be referred to is called a ‘speech-language pathologist’ or ‘speech therapist’. The specialist will focus on studying the ways in which your child expresses himself. This includes things like what all he can understand, the words he can say and the ways in which he tries to express himself.
Your child may need therapy
In case your child is diagnosed to have a delay, there is a good chance that he will need to take up speech therapy. For this, a therapist is going to work with him on how to pronounce sounds and words. With time, the therapy will also strengthen the muscles in his mouth and face.