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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 […]

Causes and Treatments of Swallowing Disorders?

Swallowing disorder of Dysphagia is a medical condition in which the affected person faces difficulties in swallowing solids or liquids down the food pipe or esophagus to the stomach. It is often termed as a symptom or sign of some other disease or disorder. However, as it is gradually increasing among many, it can be treated as an issue that needs distinct attention and should be dealt with separately. Swallowing disorders treatment in Kolkata varies according to the symptoms, causes and the severity of the disorder. There can be many causes of Dysphagia, some of which are – Damage of the nervous system caused from – Strokes – a disease in which damage to the brain from interruption of its blood supply. Brain injury – in patients with traumatic brain injury, the anatomic and physiologic status of the swallowing mechanism may be impaired, thus resulting in Dysphagia. Spinal cord injury – Dysphagia is caused from acute cervical spinal cord injuries. Cerebral palsy – a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting movement, muscle tone or posture. Parkinson’s disease – a long-term disorder of the central nervous system that affects motor system, which controls movement of a person. As a result, the person may suffer from frequent tremors, and might experience rigidity of body, slowness of movement and difficulties in walking. Alzheimer’s disease – a progressive disease that destroys memory and other mental functions of a person gradually, hence resulting in a breakdown of the general mental health of the affected person. Multiple sclerosis – […]

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 […]

Learn to speak like a boss: Corporate Language Pathology for better success in your corporate life.

In India, the competition in the corporate sphere is intense and ever difficult. Here, it is not only your skill and contributions in work that decide your ascent in the game but also your personality and presence. Speech is considered the base of persona, and it is with speech that many suffer. This keeps some of the brightest and the most hardworking people from finding the improvement in the corporate sphere that they deserve. Here is why and how you can pave way for better success in your corporate journey. Diction and Throw Diction and throw is extremely important in speech. It makes speech clearer and lets the speaker communicate freely with more dominance. This is extremely important in the corporate professional sphere as each word you speak shapes your experience there. Many people have speech problems like stuttering, pronunciation and lisping problems. This results in decreased confidence in them which in terms becomes a barrier in their corporate life. Many go through this ordeal and are stuck in a rut because they are not aware of the fact that these problems can be worked upon and improved with the help of speech and language therapy. At Speech Plus, there are specialized corporate speech language therapy courses designed especially for these problems. The integrated courses aim at achieving the best results in the quickest time possible because time is very precious and little at hand considering the present corporate scenario. Enhanced Personality Speech contributes to at least over 60 % […]

Hoarse for the long course: Why Singers and Voice performers should consult a voice and speech therapist regularly

    “The only thing better than singing is more singing” – Elle Fitzgerald   But more singing may also cause troubles. One very common voice problems among singers and vocal performers is that of hoarseness. The hoarseness of the throat can be because of multiple reasons. Hoarseness could result out of an infection, inflammation, dryness of vocal cords, allergies, stress, cysts or nodules, and improper speech techniques. Of these singers and vocal performers mostly suffer from hoarseness due to dryness of vocal cords, over stress on vocal cords, and at times improper speech technique. While performers and singers at times do consult speech therapists, vocal coaches or doctors when they are affected by voice disorders as hoarseness, it is not a common habit for them to consult with vocal coaches or performers regularly. But that should be the case. Here are a few reasons why. Hoarseness can be prevented Singers and voice performers can prevent voice disorders like hoarseness of the throat from happening. Yes, it is preventable.  Recently, a reputed underground singer had lost her voice midway through a show and that caused a lot of panic. She is now undergoing voice therapy in Kolkata. This could have been prevented if she was consulting a voice therapist regularly. A regular visit to the voice therapist or speech therapist really helps as the therapist can conduct a complete evaluation of the condition of the vocal cords and diagnose if there is a risk of developing any kind of discomfort […]

Having speech problems? What you should do?

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Are you having speech problems? You may also have a young child who may be suffering from language disorder. Whatever may be the speech problem you must not neglect it and take steps to treat the same? Speech Plus is one of the leading speech disorder treatment clinics in Kolkata. We will try to give you a basic idea about types of speech disorders. We will also provide you with solutions for such problems related to speech. Different types of Speech problems: Speech disorders may be of different types. It could affect the way a person creates sounds to form words. Certain voice disorders may also be considered speech problems as well. One of the most commonly experienced speech and language disorder is called stuttering or stammering. Other types of speech disorders include: Apraxia: This is a motor speech disorder caused by damage to the various parts of the brain which are related to speaking Dysarthria: a motor speech disorder in which the muscles of the mouth, face, or respiratory system may become weak or have difficulty moving There are persons with speech disorders are aware of what they would like to say. However they may be unable to articulate their thoughts. This could lead to self-esteem issues and even cause depression. Speech disorders can affect both adults and children. Research shows that in most types of Speech problems early treatment to a large extent can correct these conditions. What you can do to treat the speech problems? Generally it […]

How Speech Therapists helps in treating language disorder in Kolkata?

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It is estimated that about 11 to 12 million people suffer from stammering in India. It is a common problem which affects many. However, with Speech Therapy under a competent Speech therapists, this speech and voice disorder can indeed be overcome. This is especially true if it is detected and treated early with the right speech language pathology treatment. In this blog we will try to make you aware about the many benefits of speech therapy and about speech therapy in Kolkata. Let us however first try to understand who a speech therapist is. Speech Therapists: Who they are? Speech therapists is also known as a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLPs). According to Wikipedia “Speech and language therapist, or speech therapist, is one who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders, cognition, voice disorders, and swallowing disorders“. How speech therapy is helpful? Speech therapy can help treat speech disorders in many ways. This includes Articulation Skills and treating Speech Intelligibility. Intelligibility refers to how well people are able to follow a child’s speech. If a child’s articulation skills are compromised for some reason, his or her intelligibility gets decreased in comparison to that of other children his age. They can also help to improve the child’s expressive language skills. Listening skills are important for speech. A SLP can help a child to develop listening skills and also the child’s ability to listen and understand languages. Stuttering is a very common speech disorder affecting many. It is characterized by […]

Relation between Hearing ability and Speech development

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It is a well recognized fact that there is a close relation between hearing ability and speech development. It has often been seen that children having hearing problems also suffer from speech problems. If this hearing loss develops early, then there would be more serious effects on the child’s speech development. That’s why according to speech language pathologists, early identification of any type of hearing loss is essential in children so that early intervention can help treat the problem. Hearing loss and speech development in children There are four major ways in which hearing loss affects children: 1.  Hearing loss may cause a delay in the development of receptive and expressive communication skills both i.e speech as well as language. This means vocabulary development gets delayed in hearing impaired child. The gap in vocabulary in children with hearing loss and normal children starts to widen as the child grows old. Thus the child may not be able to express him or herself easily. Apart from these children suffering from hearing loss may not hear their own voices while they are speaking. Speech Language Pathologists say that for this reason they may speak too loudly or not loud enough. The child may also have a speaking pitch that is too high. They may sound like they are mumbling. This is because of poor stress, poor inflection, or also poor rate of speaking. 1.    The child suffering from hearing loss also has speech language deficit. This in turn causes learning problems that […]

Treating Voice disorder with Voice Therapy

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Most of us take our voice for granted. We normally never think about how the vocal cords produce voice. We therefore are often unable to detect voice disorder. According to Wikipedia , “The human voice is specifically a part of human sound production in which the vocal folds (vocal cords) are the primary sound source”. Voice is produced when air is exhaled from the lungs. This exhaled air passes over the vocal cords and make vibrate. The sound produced by the human voice depends on the muscular changes of the throat, palate and mouth. Voice Disorder: What it is and its symptoms If you see an abnormal change in the way your voice sounds then you could call it as a voice disorder. If you also have experiences of pain and discomfort in your voice, then also it could be termed as the same. The symptoms may include hoarseness, a change in pitch or even a voice crack. In case of singers they could also lose their vocal range because of the problem. If you need to clear your voice very frequently then it could be a result of this disorder. Inflammation and swelling of voice, misuse of the voice and upper respiratory problems are all the causes of this problem. Laryngeal Cancer is another cause of voice disorder which requires immediate treatment. Studies show that about 3 to 10% of the general population suffers from the problem at some point of time in their life. But certain individuals are more […]

How You Can Overcome the Fear of Crowd Speaking

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Crowd Speaking or Public Speaking has become an important part of Corporate Success. Many people suffer from the fear of public speaking. In the Corporate world we often need to make public speeches and presentations. So we need to be very effective public speaking. Often the fear of public speaking grips us and acts a major hurdle in our success. We may become nervous while speaking in public. Sometimes when we are to ask our boss for promotion, the same fear grips us. Some indications about this may be sweating, heart pounding. So we need to overcome the fear of the same. In this blog we will provide you some vital tips. These will help you to overcome the fear of crowd speaking. Know your Topic Thoroughly. It is said that knowledge is power. Our sound knowledge on any topic gives us confidence. So we must always put effort in preparing our topic. This will ensure that even if there are questions we can handle them smoothly. We could also prepare the answers to probable questions which may be asked. Practice the Presentation. We must practice the presentation several times. This will build our confidence and help to overcome our fear. We may also make the presentation before some close colleges to seek their feedback to help improve our performance. Getting Organized is important. While preparing the topic we must be organised. We must know the exact sequence which is to be followed during the presentation. The more organized you are the less nervous you […]