Work & FinanceHome & LifestyleBeauty & FashionHealth & FitnessHolidays & EventsCrafts & HobbiessCooking & EntertainingPregnancy & ParentingLove, Life & Relationships

Pregnancy & Parenting Home > Parenting > Kids Health

Children and Speech Defects

Age appropriate delays in speech pattern are normal and are not a concern for treatment. Speech defect patterns often run in families. If you believe that your child may have a developmental delay in speech, proper assessment is crucial. Your child’s pediatrician can assist you in assessing whether your child has a speech impairment.

Although omissions in speech patterns, such as a missing or mispronounced “r” or “p,” may appear cute, they often signal a more severe situation. Quite often, these mispronunciations are indicative of speech impairment. Fortunately, solutions are readily available.

Most school districts have a professional speech therapist available to administer speech therapy to a child who has been diagnosed with a speech impediment. Private speech therapists are also available and generally charge by the half hour. Once diagnosed, speech therapy should be started immediately.

A child with speech problems may experience frustration due to the inability of others to properly understand him. It is important to the child’s self-esteem that you begin therapy immediately. A trained professional generally provides therapy; however, it is crucial that someone at home reinforces the therapy.

Related Links:

Tips to Build Self-Esteem in Your Child

Make learning enjoyable

Teaching children to say 'Thank You'

Star Chart - Encourage Good Behavior

Teaching your child the importance of money

Cooking & Entertaining | Home Decorating | Gardening | Weddings | Beauty & Fashion | Health & Fitness |
Holidays & Events | Crafts & Hobbies | Pregnancy & Parenting | Work & Finance