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5 Tips to Prevent Speech and Language Disorders

It is a good news that a majority of the speech and language problems could be prevented. You as a responsible parent or caregiver of the child should follow these preventive tips so as to keep speech and language disorders at bay: Avoid alcohol and smoking during pregnancy. According to speech therapists at a clinic for speech therapy in Kolkata, the intake of alcohol and nicotine affects the foetus, and hampers its proper development. Do not neglect or abuse your child. It is harmful for the child’s speech and development. Paediatricians and speech pathologists at renowned centres for speech therapy in Kolkata are of the opinion that breastfeeding is very important for the child till 9 months of age. Keep your child away from gadgets – these prevent intellectual growth of the child. Engage your child in real-life games instead, and spend as much time with him/her as possible and communicate with him/her often. According to speech therapists at recognised clinics for speech therapy in Kolkata, the child’s environment also contributes a lot. If a child is grown up in a chaotic surrounding or a negative atmosphere, he/she is likely to have speech or language disorders, because his/her brain is affected with negative thoughts. Therefore, you as a responsible caregiver of your child should keep in mind the above preventive measures for speech and language disorders. You must, however, remember that there is no magical solution for preventing your child from speech and language delays or disorders, and there can […]

Types of Speech Disorders: Causes and Management

Are you or your child facing speech and other communication problems for some time and you are clueless about how did it occur, what to do and whom to consult? Don’t panic! Your problems can easily be cured!   My Child is Still not Showing Signs of Speaking! There are many children who develop speech and language problems at a critical age. The first few years is very crucial for a child to learn and develop communication skills. It is because the synaptic density – that is, the neural interconnections – is the maximum at the age of 2-3 years, which means that the learning capability of the child attains its peak point at this time. So it is very important for you as the parent of a child with speech or language difficulties to intervene into the matter as early as within first 3 months of age, and to start a proper treatment at a recognised speech therapy clinic in Kolkata as early as possible. If a child is deprived of a good hearing health, then he/she might suffer from delayed speech problems. So it is your responsibility to make sure that your child is given full access to the hearing world and at the appropriate time, delaying which will result in a delay of all the major developmental skills necessary for the child. Therefore, you must participate in early intervention programs to diagnose if there is any hearing disorder present in your child. Hearing loss is a major […]

Puberphonia : Causes and Treatment

Have you ever come across a person, especially a male person having a female-like voice, and worse still, have you ever bullied or made a bad joke for his having such an adolescent voice? If you have, STOP NOW! The person might be suffering from a more serious medical complexity. Don’t make it so difficult for the person; he is already having a hard life! And if you are the one suffering from such a voice disorder, and is facing such awkward situations in your day-to-day life, then you are probably suffering from Puberphonia! Do not panic, as it can be cured completely, and you will soon be having an attractive voice, which everyone would love to hear! What is Puberphonia? Puberphonia is a type of voice disorder which is characterised by the habitual and continuous use of prepubertal high-pitched voice of a child even after puberty. In other words, according to many Speech Language Pathologists at any renowned voice disorder treatment clinic in Kolkata, Puberphonia is the inappropriate persistence of adolescent, and often female-like voice even after one has attained puberty. This condition is also known as mutational falsetto or functional falsetto. Incidence and Prevalence Puberphonia, sadly, is commonly seen in males more than females. It is uncommon in females because the laryngeal growth spurt normally occurs in males. According to studies, the incidence of Puberphonia in India is about 1 in 900,000 people of the total Indian population. What are the Common Signs and Symptoms? People suffering from […]

Can Bilingualism Cause Language Delay?

It is a common myth that teaching a child two languages simultaneously might cause language delay in him or her. We understand that you as the parent of a child who is at a stage of learning some language/s, is worried whether bilingualism is a benefit or a detriment. However, according to Colin Baker, a researcher in childhood bilingualism, is of the opinion that – “Raising children bilingually is sometimes believed to cause language delay, though evidence does not support this position. Raising children bilingually neither increases nor reduces the chance of language disorder or delay.” There are quite a lot of cases reported by Speech Language Pathologists at well-known clinics dealing with delayed speech treatment in Kolkata, where children raised up bilingually did not show any language delay, and above all, have learnt both the languages quite well. Delayed language is seen in children for many other complications, and not because he or she is influenced by bilingualism. Rather, bilingualism has more benefits than hindrances in the child’s developmental skills.   Fun Facts About Bilingualism At least half of the world’s population is bilingual or plurilingual. A study showed that even while in the womb of a bilingual mother, the child not only prefers both the languages over others, but they also develop the ability to recognise and tell the difference between the two. Bilingualism actually develops the grey matter in the language processing centre of the brain, especially when the child have learnt two languages before five years […]

Signs and Symptoms of Stammering

Stammering or stuttering is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted involuntarily. A stutterer’s speech is characterised by frequent repetitions, prolongations of sounds, syllables, words, phrases or even whole sentences. It occurs mainly in children at a very young age. Studies show that stammering affects young boys more than girls. The sooner you as the parent of a stammering child start a treatment, the sooner he/she will have chances of recovering. Professional Speech Language Pathologists advice early intervention for stammering children to be done at a good stammering therapy center in Kolkata. A majority of the stammering problems can be cured if treatment is started as early as the stutterer learns to speak. If the symptoms of stammering appear at a very young age, then the stutterer would require immediate attention. Following are some of the common symptoms of stuttering, which should not be neglected: Frequent repetitions of sounds, syllables, words, phrases and even whole complex sentences Prolongations of certain sounds, syllables and phrases, therefore taking time to finish Interruption in the flow of speech, which is involuntary Words or phrases may come out as jerks or spurts Frequently rearranges words or phrases in a sentence, thus saying the same thing over and over again The stutterer finds it harder to start some sounds, words, phrases and a whole conversation as a result The stutterer feels tensed while trying to say something Frequently hesitates or pauses before trying to speak Some health professionals at a good […]

Defeat Voice and Speech Problems with speech therapy

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Stammering is one kind of Speech Problems, usually considered as a tough fight of an individual to get the words out. So, it makes completely different from the usual non fluency that we all experience. Stammering varies tremendously from person to person and is often likely that a stammering person is fluent at one minute and struggling to speak the next. Stammering is a serious communication problem. It can adversely affect a person whether he is an adult or child. It can erode their self confidence and self esteem which consequently affects their interactions with others as well as their education and employment prospects. However you should not have much reason to worry. Speech therapy has proven to be very effective and at Speech Plus in Kolkata, we have a specialist team of speech language pathologists, trained to help with speech, voice or language related difficulties and challenges in everyday, business and academic settings. Speech Plus is a unique speech therapy clinic in Kolkata. Our main aim is to treat each patient as a distinctive case, observe and analyze them and get into the root of the Speech Problems. Speech Plus also provides professional Voice disorder therapy in Kolkata. Colds, allergies, bronchitis, exposure to irritants such as ammonia or cheering for your favorite sports team can result in loss of voice. Voice therapy is an individualized combination of vocal hygiene recommendations, modification of vocal behaviors and exercises designed to address specific vocal problems. We have an expert team of voice […]

Bollywood Superstar Hrithik Roshan overcame Speech disorder with Speech Therapy

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Is your child suffering from speech or language disorder? We can well understand the anxiety and mental agony you have to undergo as a result of your child’s problem. Just because your child suffers from the problem, does not mean end of the road for him or her. There is much hope. You would be happy to know that Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan too suffered from Speech disorder and was able to overcome it with Speech Therapy.  What is stammering and how it affects children? Stammering also known as stuttering, is a speech disorder in which your child may be repeating a letter or word and is not able to speak fluently. Thus as a result he or she may be unable to communicate effectively. As a result of the problem the child may suffer many psychological problems, which may include lack of self confidence. The academic performance of the child as a result may get adversely affected. He or she can become withdrawn. The problem needs to be treated effectively. With early intervention and right speech therapy complete recovery is possible. The recovery of Hrithik Roshan is a glaring example of complete recovery from the problem, which we are sure would give you hope.  How Hrithik Roshan overcame stammering? All of us admire celebrities. We find that their lives are perfect in every way. But in reality not everything may be perfect for them too. They too have to deal with problems and overcome them. One such example is […]

New technology could screen your child for speech & language disorders

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Is your child suffering from any type of speech and language disorder? If so then you would be happy to know that researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a special computer system. This special computer will be able to automatically screen young children for speech and language disorders. It would thereafter be able to offer special diagnosis which would help to treat the disorder. Early detection and intervention helps in treatment in a big way We can well understand your anxiety in regard to your child’s speech and language disorder. Many times it seen that the problem remains untreated because it remains undetected till long. With the problem con-tuning it could make a big difference in their later academic and social success. Research shows that early intervention in treating the problem goes a long way in the recovery process. Thus this new technology could indeed make a big difference in effectively treating of speech and language disorders of many young children. What this Computer System is all about? Researchers who developed this computer system used a computer that looks for patterns in the large sets of training data to diagnose speech and language. For conducting the test children are made to undertake a standard story telling test. Here they are first presented with a set of images and an accompanying narrative. They are thereafter made to retell the story in their own words. These are recorded and the system analyses them. The entire system is fully automated and uses very simple tools. You […]

New technology can help in treating language disorder after stroke

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When a person has a stroke or other injury that affects the left side of the brain, it typically disrupts their ability to use language. This happens mainly when it affects the left side of the brain. This condition is known as Aphasia, which is a language impairment which makes it difficult to use language. Studies show that the language we use is stored in the left side of our brains. Thus when a stroke adversely affects the back part of the left hemisphere we have much difficulty to understand what we hear or read. The situation is somewhat similar to visiting a country where they use a language you do not know. You would know that they are using words and sentences. But you may not be able to follow what is being spoken.  In fact a recent study reveals that Aphasia is a language disorder affecting about one-third of stroke survivors and can virtually eliminate speech. So it is indeed a cause of concern for those suffering from stroke. But new technologies have been developed to treat the problem of language disorder from stroke. New Technologies can be of great help  Virtual Reality is slowly but surely making its inroads in our lives. This new revolutionary technology which has already made significant advances in gaming and the entertainment industries. It is also making its impact felt in the medical world too. EVA Park is a multi-user virtual world, which allows people suffering from Aphasia to engage in conversation with each […]

Articulation Therapy in Kolkata to treat Misarticulation

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Are you aware of Articulation Therapy? Teaching kids to utter speech sounds that they cannot produce is called Articulation Therapy. Some children may have difficulty uttering certain sounds. He or she may omit or improperly alter certain sounds, during the course of their speech. Young children sometimes may have certain issues related to their articulation. They should be able to outgrow these with age. But if these disorders persist even when they grow older then you must approach a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) to detect and treat the problem. The sooner the problem is detected the better is the chance of recovery. In this blog we will try to make you aware about misarticulation and how you could have it treated. Types of Articulation Problems In order to detect an articulation or voice disorder you need to understand the types of disorders. You need to consider 2 important factors in regard to speech or articulation. These are as follows: The type of speech sound error(s) your child is making Your child’s age When it comes to articulation disorders, generally it is common in children in the age groups of 3 and 6 years. Gradually as your child grows he or she develops the ability to pronounce different types of sounds. Studies have shown that for a child of 2 years, 50% of what he or she speaks may be intelligible. By the age of 4 years there must be a considerable improvement in the same. By 7 years a […]