Is your child having difficulty speaking?
This center offers a summer intensive preschool language program that is toward developmentally delayed preschool children who are 3 to 5 years of age. This program facilitates expressive and receptive language skills.
My preschool child is stuttering, what should I do?
When your preschool child suddenly begins to stutter it can be alarming. One day they are talking just fine and then next, they can’t seem to get their words or sentences out. Most preschoolers go through a period of stuttering as they learn to speak. The amount of stuttering that a child has is not a sign that they will keep stuttering.So before you panic, here are some of the risk factors that a Speech Language Pathologist will look at to determine if therapy is warranted.
- Is there a family member who stutters?
- Are there other speech or language issues?
- Does the child avoid certain words or talking?
- Is the child is showing signs of facial grimacing, arm and leg movement, or other movements of their body when stuttering?
- Is the child repeating parts of a word (e.g., “Ge-ge-get some”)?
- Has the child been stuttering for longer than 6 months?
My son is not talking, should I wait?
According to The Hanen Centre,
- At 18 months old, a toddler should have approximately 20 words varying in nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives, and social words.
- At 24 months old, a toddler should have approximately 100 words and be able to combine two words such as “thank you”, “bye bye”, “all gone”, and “what’s that?”.
What should you do?
- Contact a certified Speech Language-Pathologist about your concerns
- Get your child’s hearing evaluated
Phonemic Awareness Training
- Phonemic awareness skills are the building blocks for learning to read, write and spell effectively. Programs are offered to children, ages 5 to 7, who are demonstrating difficulty with sound/symbol relationships, segmenting and blending sounds. This training can be conducted in a group setting or on an individual basis.
- Is Phonemic Awareness the Same as Phonics?
- Phonemic Awareness is often confused with Phonics. They are not the same. Phonemic Awareness involves oral activities while Phonics involves both print and sound activities.
- Phonemic Awareness is considered a meta-cognitive skills. Once the concept is learned, it can be generalized to other words. In English, Phonics requires the memorization of 26 letters and approximately 98 letter sound combinations. This takes memorizing and practicing until all combinations are quick and automatic.