Every year, a surprising number of children are born with a communication disorder, something which hampers their ability to conduct speech clearly and causes issues swallowing. These disorders can, if not properly handled, becoming a detriment to the growing child’s quality of life and develop into a severe impediment if not treated.
Thankfully through speech pathology, most, if not all such disorders can be treated using various forms of language and speech therapy. Language therapy itself is a series of practices and procedures developed by speech pathologists to teach developing children to work around their speech impediments so that eventually they can outgrow them. These practices can be used to treat a number of needs which can arise from things such as a hearing impairment, cognitive delays, various birth defects and even weak oral muscles.
A number of disorders that can be helped at a young age with the assistance of a speech pathologist pertain to difficulties swallowing and also respiratory issues, which can be alleviated through therapeutic or surgical means.
Most of these impediments can be caught and diagnosed early on in life, whether by parents or teachers, and more and more schools every day employ either a licensed speech pathologist or are in close communication with one. The therapy itself can often be done at the school, or specialised clinics, where the language therapist can work either with a single child or a group, using specialised procedures developed specifically to retrain the children’s speech.
Often times, a speech pathologist will integrate lessons a child would already normally be learning in school, but in a manner by which to be used as language therapy, such as reading aloud and focusing on problem sounds or tones, or on the other end of the spectrum listening to speaking so that they can focus in on those sounds which may be unclear.
Through the use of speech pathology, a child’s communication disorder can be cured, even if caught at a later stage in development. Speech pathologists are sincerely devoted to the work they do, and are dedicated to improving the quality of life for those children that they work with. Speech therapists work always to improve upon current practices, and develop new and more efficient means by which to combat communication disorders. With speech pathology and language therapy, there is never a need for a child to go through life hampered by a communication disorder.
If you have questions about children’s speech pathology contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns. Contact Us Today!