There are some complications of the body and mind that can only be resolved through early detection. Of course, there are many which slip underneath the radar and fly far too long. When it is finally detected, the damage has already been done. Speech disorders in children fall in this category. More often than not, due to lack of awareness among parents or even teachers in school, the speaking faculty of children is ignored as being ‘normal’. This blog is about speech language problems of children and what their parents should know about it.
Speech Disorders FAQ
In this post, our experts at Speech Plus jot down some speech issues that all parents must be aware of. Let us look at them in a brief overview.
Selective Mutism is a speech disorder that many do not know about. It usually manifests itself a condition where the child speaks normally around people they are comfortable around. When in the company of people they do not know, or dislike for whatever reason, their speech stutters. This stutter is not noticeable, or even there at all, when the child is around comfortable company. Selective mutism can be psychological condition where therapy plays a pivotal role in recovery.
Speech delays are a reason why speech issues in children often go unnoticed. Most parents feel that their child may be a late talker and they do not take the problem seriously for a few years. It is true that there are cases of children starting to speak well beyond their normal time. However, there are also cases where children were not able to speak properly and by the time help arrived, too much delay has already been done. You need to consult a speech therapist to know for sure if your child is on the right route.
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder is quite common among children, through the awareness of it among parents is not high enough. It is a condition when the child is unable to use their tongue properly during speaking. The tongue, as evident, plays a central role in speaking. That requires using the tongue to form words and guide air through the mouth. In this condition, the child finds the tongue rigid and immovable at times. Therapy can make the tongue more flexible and put it back in control of the child.
Other than these conditions, there are numerous others where parents can take note and introduce a therapist into the mix.