Why might my child benefit from speech and language therapy?
Does your school aged child have trouble understanding what others say or difficulty sharing their thoughts? They may have a language disorder. Parents often think speech therapy is only for articulation but it is not. If a child has trouble with language, he struggles with understanding what he hears. Your child may find it difficult to find the right words when they are telling you about their day. They may miss important details or present them in a disorganized manner.
Does your child have trouble producing speech sounds correctly or hesitate or stutter when talking he may have a speech or fluency disorder.
The impact of language or speech sound disorders in the classroom.
When a child has a speech-language disorder their learning in the classroom can be impacted. A child diagnosed with a receptive language disorder, will have difficulty understanding and processing verbal information. When the classroom teacher presents information verbally that they are to remember for home or school, it can be difficult for them to not only understand what was said, but also remember it. This inability to understand and remember verbal information correctly can significantly impact the child’s ability to complete tasks or assignments for school. If the instructions are only given orally and if they contain multiple words and/or steps it will be very difficult for them to accurately complete the assignment.
A child diagnosed with an expressive language disorder may have difficulties in describing, defining, and retelling stories. Due to a lack of vocabulary a child may use empty phrases and non-specific words. Expressive language difficulties may also impact the students’ ability to formulate their thoughts and ideas in an organized manner in writing and speaking. Difficulties may be noted in the formulation of full sentences and in the understanding of multiple word meanings. They may also struggle with social language skills such as establishing and maintaining peer relationships.
Children who have problems with speech-language skills may also have difficulty learning how to read and spell. Foundational reading skills require children to associate sounds with letters and segment and blend them in order to successfully learn to read and spell. These skills can be extremely hard for children who struggle with a speech-language disorder.The research has shown that verbal skills have a significant impact on developing reading skills..