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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 […]

Researchers have found a way to predict autism in infants

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neuro-developmental disorders which leads to significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges for the person suffering from ASD. Thus autistic children are often self absorbed in their own world. They are generally unable to communicate and interact properly with others. Autistic children may have difficulty in developing language skills and understanding what others say to them. Studies show that early detection of the disorder can make a significant effect on its treatment. So detecting and treating autism it as early as possible is very important. Researchers now can detect Autism in children A recent study was published last week in a leading science journal. The study states that it is now possible to identify which infants with older siblings with autism, will be diagnosed with autism at 24 months of age. The study made use of Magnetic-Resonance Imaging (MRI). The study was done at the University of North Carolina in USA. It used the scans taken at 6 months, 12 months and 2 years to examine the brains of infants at high risk of autism. The researchers were able to predict with an 80 percent accuracy rate which babies who had an older sibling with autism would be later diagnosed with the disorder. A senior researcher felt that early brain development biomarkers could be very useful in identifying babies at the highest risk for autism before behavioral symptoms emerge. Experts in the field feel that this is a path-breaking breakthrough in the treatment of Autism in children. With early detection treatment […]

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 […]

Detecting Late Speech in children and treating it

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Are you having a child aged about 3 years or younger? Are you worried that he or she is not speaking? Are you noticing that the child does not seem to listen? If you see these in your child then your child may be suffering from Late Speech Problem or language or hearing disorders. Through this blog we will try to make you aware of ways to identify if there is a speech disorder and how you should treat it. Identifying early signs: The following are some typical symptoms of determining Speech disorder in young children: If the child is around 3 month’s old and if the baby does not smile or interact with others. The baby should babble at an age of 4 to 7 months. By the time he or she is between 7 to 12 months he or she should make gestures like waving or pointing at things. Between 12 months and 24 months of age the child should respond to sound and should be able to vocalize. If it is observed that the child prefers gestures over vocalizing by the age of 18 months or more than there is cause for concern. At the age of 18 months the child must be able to imitate sounds.  After two years of age the child should be able to produce words or phrases spontaneously. If the child is still merely imitating speech and gesturing then there is a possibility that the child is suffering from speech disorder. Other symptoms include if you observe […]

Stuttering And How It Can Be Solved

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Stuttering is a speech disorder which causes the forward flow of speech. The speech interruptions are involuntary and prolonging sounds, syllables, words or phrases in the person is a result of this disorder. The causes of this disorder may be many. Genetics is a primary cause for the same. Others reasons may be various developmental factors as well. The lack of development of speech during the preschool years may lead to this problem. In case if you find that your child is suffering from this speech disorder it is natural for you as a parent to worry. Even if you are very worried you must not express this before your child. Any stress on your child in regard to the problem may actually aggravate it. So make sure that you are supportive to your child and encourage him or her always. Stuttering may have various kinds of psychological effects. In this blog we will try to point these out and also guide you in ways in which this disorder could be treated. Stuttering has deep rooted psychological effects Beyond the standard audible and visible symptoms of stuttering there are psychological symptoms may have long term effects. The first being fear. Often the fear of embarrassment of stammering every time a child speaks is enormous. So the child feels shy and tends to get withdrawn with shame. He or she therefore speaks as less as possible. Thus he or she leads a life of quiet desperation. Often the child as a result […]

Detecting Autism and Treating It

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Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) is a serious neurodevelopmental problem in children. This disorder impairs the child’s ability to communicate and interact with others. For recovery from the disorder early detection and treatment is essential. One major problem for detection is that there is no single symptom. Autism leads to a group of ailments. Autistic children encounter problems both in verbal and non-verbal communication. Research reveals that early intervention with treatment may bring in a significant impact on recovery. So as a parent you need to be alert regarding your child’s behavior. With the slightest indication of any problem you must seek help. Through this blog we will try to make you aware of the common symptoms of Autism and how you can arrange for early treatment if there is a problem. Autism: Some Early Symptoms  An autistic child may often not respond his or her name when called for. The child may lack any facial expression. He or she may also have poor eye contact. Another symptom of ASD may be if the child speaks with an abnormal tone or rhythm. In autism there is also a tendency of repeating the same words or phrases without understanding them. So in case this is observed regularly you must seek treatment.  The child may also suddenly behave aggressively or inappropriately at social gatherings. Another indication of Autism is delayed speech in children.   Apart from these the child may often continue making repetitive movements at times. He or she may be very stubborn and resistant […]

Why Corporate Speech Language Pathology Is Gaining Importance

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Is your communication skill weak? Is it becoming a hindrance in your corporate progress? If so you need corporate pathology. No matter how good you are at your job but the quality of your communication is vital in the current scenario. At your workplace you have to work in a team. Whatever be your role, you as the boss to lead the team or as a subordinate to work in the same, your communication skills are essential to accomplish any job. With globalization companies have come together worldwide. This means that you can no longer work in isolation. Instead you must interact with your counterparts in other companies as well. Besides in the corporate world you are required to make presentations. You have to make international conference calls. At senior levels you must develop team building skills as well. In case you have problems doing any of these then Corporate Speech Language Pathology is important for you. Corporate Speech Language Pathologists:What they do? Corporate Speech Language Pathologists are expert communicators. They have knowledge and expertise in different areas of communication. They provide Communication training. They generally do so to freshers, who are new to the corporate world. However it is not necessary that only the new entrants require their services. Even experienced candidates too may often lack proper communication skills. They may be scared of public speaking. So both freshers as well as experienced candidates would benefit from Corporate Speech Pathology.  The Benefits of Corporate Speech Pathology: The benefits may broadly be […]

Public Speaking – Overcome The Fear

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For the average person public speaking is one of the top fears in one’s mind. Yet being able to successfully speak in public is so critical for the success of your professional, social and personal life. Often it so happens that when you are to speak you may feel nervous; your palms begin to sweat, heart starts to pound. All of these are indications of fear of public speaking. This may not just happen, when you are making a presentation, or you are speaking in public but even when you are to ask your boss for a promotion. Be it business deals or any other situation, getting your point across is a key to your advancement in your professional life. If you are not able to do this owing to this common fear, it could be a major stumbling block in your career progress. We at Speech Plus being into corporate speech language pathology, have identified fear of public speaking as a common problem and recommend in this blog, some simple steps you could take to overcome it. Public Speaking Preparation: Get Organized: You must have your thoughts and materials well organized prior to your speech. This would give you a clear thinking and help you deliver the speech by concentrating one point at a time. Besides it will also help you focus your mind on the job at hand rather than fearing it. Preparing extensively and practice repeatedly: It is always advisable to have a fully written script or your […]

What is Misarticulating ? Is Speech Therapy Helpful?

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Have you ever wondered if Misarticulating can be treated? Well we have the answer. Communication forms an integral part of our lives now. It determines our progress in life in terms of cracking job interviews, the way we conduct our business, even our relationships with near and dear ones depends a lot  on the way we communicate. Verbal communication is perhaps the most important part of communication. In verbal communication articulation is one of the keys of effective communication. It is the process the speech organs like tongue, lips, palate interact after air stream comes out of the Vocal chords and produce sounds, syllables and words. A person with a disorder of articulation produces sounds, syllables or words, incorrectly, so that the listeners are unable to understand what he or she is trying to speak. The defects in articulation may include certain disorders like errors types of omissions, substitution or that of distortions. The Causes of Misarticulating: The causes of misarticulating may be many. These may be cerebral palsy which means a weakness or problem in the brain. This is what affects many young children leading to Misarticulating along with other defects. Cleft palate also causes misarticulation. Some other causes of misarticulating may be because of hearing loss or dental problems. Though the problem of articulating though arises on account of physical disability, certain functional articulation defects may arise out of faulty learning practices of speech sounds may also be the culprit in many cases. Studies have shown that in case […]

Questions to Ask Speech Language Pathologist

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You have to be vigilant and careful about the progress of your child when you engage a speech language pathologist (SLP). As a parent, you have a right to know what is happening on the progress. Moreover, there are innumerable ways in which you can help the process of speech therapy. It is common sense that the therapist will not be around for the entire day to help your child! You have to chip in with some valuable practice sessions. Detailed Study by Speech Language Pathologist In order to make your role more useful in the speech therapy process, you need to ask some questions to the therapist. These questions have multiple purposes. To start off with, you need to ask the therapist about the progress within the context of a time frame. You know, of course, that these speech language therapy sessions do not and cannot yield instant results! In fact, it may not be months before you actually find something improving. Consult the therapist about progress in a year and compare the results. Evaluate the participation and cooperation of your child. Are they responsive to the lessons or are they losing interest within minutes? Often, what works for one child does not work for another. The therapist must understand this differentiation. There is a date when the therapist has to bunk a theory that is not working and try something else. You have to come in as a parent if the speech language therapist is not being able to […]