A lot of children will exhibit speech problems growing up. With time, most of these issues can resolve themselves, and the child will have virtually no problems effectively communicating with those around them.
But some speech issues may require a hands-on approach to help the child overcome them. If you’re concerned that your child has a speech problem, you may implement a few key home speech therapy methods to address them and improve their communication skills.
What Speech Problems Your Child Could Have
Before you start to work on speech techniques to help your child, it may be beneficial to identify what sort of issues they have and establish some speech and language goals. Some common speech and language development issues children can display include:
- Articulation issues – this is one of the most common speech problems young children have, but most generally grow out of it.
- Stuttering – appears as repetitions of prolonging of certain sounds, usually coupled with hesitation or pausing;
- Language delay – not developing language skills at the usual age most children do, typically seen between the ages of 2-7;
- Expressive Language Disorder – not finding the right words, and not formulating proper sentences;
- Receptive Language Disorder – difficulties understanding spoken and written language;
- Expressive-Receptive Language Disorder – a combination of the two disorders.
- A combination of any of the above
It’s important to note these issues can have varying degrees of severity. If you are worried your child’s speech and language development issues are serious, you should reach out to a speech and language pathologist for additional help.
At-Home Speech and Language Tactics
Parents can employ different tactics to help the child develop better language skills and improve their speech.
Some examples include:
- Practising sounds – if the child has problems pronouncing some sounds, such as “l,” try teaching them how to pronounce the sound by itself, then slowly incorporate it into syllables, then finally into full words;
- Encourage and praise – it’s important to make the child feel comfortable when doing therapy at home. Don’t rush the child to talk, or scold them if they forget the correct pronunciation. Provide encouragement and praise even for small victories;
- Change your speech – you can teach your child how to talk by using the same speech and language skills they want their children to have, such as pronouncing words with clarity, avoiding grammatical mistakes, etc. This helps the child have good speech and language models to rely on.
Can We Help?
Speech and language development can be different from child to child, but in some cases, parents may need the help of a speech therapist to ensure your child’s learning is on the right path.
At Gen Physio, we offer at home speech pathology services and can help your child’s speech and language skills through engaging one-on-one sessions. Reach out to us online to find out more, or call 1300 122 884 to book a consultation today.