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Activities to Encourage and Promote Speech and Language Development at Home

You are a parent of a 2 year old baby or above and you are having a hard time teaching your kid speech and language skills! But don’t worry! There are many easy techniques which would help your child learn speech and language skills in an enjoyable manner. So follow these few tips and watch your kid use words well and gradually to form whole sentences! The most common techniques used by mothers are parallel talk and self-talk. It is the most effective method and is recommended by professional speech language pathology in Kolkata, as it promotes good speech and language development skills. Parallel talk refers to that technique in which the parent describes what the child is doing or seeing. In other words, the parent acts as a broadcaster – he/she describes the child’s activities without expecting a response or asking any questions. For example, if the baby is playing with a toy car, you can say, “My baby is playing with his favourite yellow car. Now you are turning the key and look how fast your car is going!” Self-talk is another strategy where a parent describes what he or she is doing – without expecting a response from the child. For example, if you are writing the letter ‘W’, you say, “I start here and go down here, and again I go up, down and up again.” The idea behind these techniques is that the child will learn by associating several things – and above all – […]

Living with Aphasia : Tips for Talking to People With Aphasia

Can you imagine a world without speech? Can you imagine how it would be without being able to speak? Imagine a life where you cannot express your emotions which you are desperately trying to! Imagine a life where you are not being able to participate in all those intellectual discussions and debates, where you are not able to get a chance to share your opinions. Or imagine a life where you cannot read out bedtime stories to your grandchildren! Now just imagine the scene when you are having to see your loved one suffer and struggle painfully through this situation. You probably feel nostalgic about the good old days when you used to share beautiful moments with your loved one who is now missing all those wonderful activities due to Aphasia. At the same time you are not sure what to do to help your loved one move out of this condition. This is what is like living with Aphasia. Life isn’t very easy for you having to live like this, without getting the essence of such beautiful things on this earth, especially if you are a stroke survivor and is suffering from Aphasia. As you already might be knowing, Aphasia is a language disorder in which a person’s ability to communicate gets affected. In other words, it is the inability to comprehend or formulate language, or both, due to damage in the specific centres of the brain responsible for the production of language and speech. Aphasia symptoms ranges from […]

7 Speech Therapy Ideas to Try at Home

While there are so many recognised and experienced Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) at almost every recognised speech therapy clinic in Kolkata to help you out with the speech disorders of your child, one important thing to keep in mind is that you as a parent has a lot of responsibilities! You are the best teacher of your child! How to do Speech Therapy at Home! There are certain tips which have been proven effective and are being recommended by professional SLPs worldwide. These fun activities are not only interesting but have been fruitful as well in improving your child’s communication skills – Don’t have the TV on in the background while speaking with your child! Spend quality time with him or her, and make sure there are no distractions. Having a one-to-one conversation in a quiet room is a good idea. Keep the child focussed and engaging. Make the conversation funny and playful. Skilled SLPs at any recognised speech therapy clinic in Kolkata suggest that, while teaching something, you can try doing it in a rhythmic sing-song way – this will make things interesting and easily comprehensive for the child. Teach your child how to use gestures. Gestures allow a child to express themselves better with the help of hand movements. Sometimes, a child might fall short of appropriate words, and therefore might find it difficult to explain certain things. So, even though your child can speak, if not well, but quite better – you must combine using gestures along […]

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 […]

Speech Therapy Types And Benefits For Kids With Stammering Problems

There are times when the child is unable to understand and express languages or finds it difficult in pronouncing the words that might divest in language development as well as communication skills. There are numerous kinds of speech defects that happen due to different problems. The most common type of speech problem that is spotted with children is the delayed speech and language development. Speech defects can occur due to severe injuries or some medical condition as well. Speech therapy is a method with the help of which one can improve their child’s ability to understand and remember the language with the help of different types of methods and learning techniques for improving communication skills and language development. Speech therapy consists of two methods that enhance the language development: Verbal Technique: In this type of speech therapy technique, mouth coordination is done to produce sounds that make words and sentences. This particular method is to control the fluency and volume of a child. Comprehending the alphabets and its consecutive uses for the formation of words and sentences is very important. The verbal technique helps the child to understand the basics of the language. With a little bit of hard work and determination from both the speech therapist and the child, the language can be understood easily in a convenient way. Understanding And Expressing Technique: This technique trains the child to address the language with the help of written signs and include pictures. These days, there are numerous interactive and engaging […]

Treating Misarticulation With Speech Therapy

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Are you aware of Misarticulation? A person with this disorder produces sounds, syllables or words incorrectly so that the listeners are unable to understand what the speaker is trying to speak. Verbal communication forms a very important part of our lives. It determines the progress of our lives in a big way. For effective communication the correct articulation is necessary. Articulation is the process where in the speech organs like tongue, palate interacts after air stream comes out of the Vocal Chords and produce sounds, syllables and words. However a disorder in proper articulation may happen which may be on account of omissions, substitutions and distortions. We at Speech Plus being a leading speech therapy clinic in Kolkata would try to explain to you the basic things you should know about Misarticulation: Misarticulation Causes: There may be various causes for misarticulation. It may be on account of Cerebral palsy which arises out of weakness or disorder in the brain. This is a leading cause of Misarticulation in children. Cleft Palate is another cause for it. Other causes for Misarticulation may be for hearing loss, dental problems too. Along with physical causes for this problem there may be certain faulty articulation defects too. These happen because of faulty learning practices of speech in some cases. Research has shown that for a child as young as 2 years, about 50% of what he or she speaks may be intelligible. In case of 4 years old child the articulating capacity must be still much […]