Kids Speech Therapy
Speech and language problems are not uncommon in toddlers and young children, with one in five children showing some sort of delay by the age of 2. This delay disadvantages developing children and can impact their self-esteem and ability learning to read and write by the time they reach school.
For these reasons and others, early intervention is crucial. If you think your child has a speech or communication delay, speaking to a speech language pathologist, such as the Paediatric Occupational Therapists at Kids OT located in Frenchs Forest on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Kids OT is a great option in helping them to function confidently, optimally and independently.
How Your Child May Benefit from Speech Therapy
So many of our experiences in the world are built around communicating with others, sharing thoughts, ideas and emotions through words and sentences. Being able to articulate, speak and understand language is paramount. Children learn from an early age to express themselves through language, which allows them to form relationships with their peers and helps them develop at school. However, a speech or communication delay can negatively impact this development and cause a child to fall behind others of a similar age, which is why early intervention and action is so important.
Toddlers and young children who have speech or communication delays or a language disorder will often work one on one with a Paediatric Occupational Therapists as part of their speech therapy. Speech therapists are trained professionals who specialise in a variety of speech, language and communication disorders for people of all ages, not just toddlers and young children. Speaking to the professionals at Kids OT will give you the insight as to what treatment would best suit your child, whether it be in a group environment or one on one with a Therapists.
What a Speech Pathologist Will Do
If your child has a speech, communication or a language problem, a Paediatric Occupational Therapists will assess their abilities and design a program tailor made to help develop the skills, abilities and confidence they need. During the assessment, the Therapists will talk with you to find out exactly what your child is having trouble with or what is holding them back, as well as learning their medical history and whether anyone else in your family has had speech or communication problems in the past.
The Paediatric Occupational Therapists might look at how your child responds to and understand instruction or questions. They might also listen to your child talking to grow their understanding of the words and speech sounds your child uses and how they communicate with others. They will then design a professional development program and work with the children and their families to enable them to achieve their true ability and excel in their communication skills.
How to Identify Speech or Communication Delays
Does your child:
Use fewer words than other children of a similar age?
Find it hard understanding what is being said to them?
Find it hard remembering or following instructions?
Show signs of frustration when they can’t express themselves?
Have a lisp?
Mispronounce words and sounds?
Struggle with reading, spelling or comprehension?
Speech Therapy at Home
If you suspect your child has a speech or communication delay we recommend taking them to a professional first, such as the Paediatric Occupational Therapists at Kids OT located in Frenchs Forest on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, 17 minutes drive from North Narrabeen and 40 minutes from Palm Beach.
However, there are speech pathology methods you can use at home.
Firstly, you should download the Linguisystems Guide to Communication Milestones: https://www.slideshare.net/ksfithian/milestonesguide-44505048
This guide summarizes current research about what a child is typically able to do at certain ages, assuming they are developing at an average rate. This will help you identify which skills your child may need help with and give you a place good place to start improving them at home.
When starting out, you should pick 2 or 3 of your child’s areas of weakness that need improving. The best way for parents to decide which areas they should focus on is to pick what’s impacting your child and family the most. Try to avoid choosing areas that are well above your child’s age level or well above what he or she is currently able to do.
If you have any questions about our services or would like to get started with child’s speech therapy, feel free to contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9451 5735 to speak with our health professionals. We look forward to meeting with you and your family to help them achieve the many benefits that effective communication can bring. It is never too early to seek advice!