Speech Impediments Treatment – How to Get Back on Track?

Speech ImpedimentsSpeech impediments, another term for a speech disorders, are a disruption of normal verbalization due to stuttering or lisping, thus preventing a normal fluency of a simple sentence. A phonological disorder such as speech impediments or expressive language disorders may lead to psychological issues such as low self esteem as well as deferred vocational and emotional development. Stuttering in children projects a social stigma which can form a child’s level of self confidence for the rest of his or her life. In fact, any speech disorder which will manifest obvious speech impediments like verbal apraxia, stuttering or cluttering, will compromise a child’s confidence in any area of their young life.

When a final speech disorder diagnosis is made a parent along with a speech and language therapist can begin focusing on treatment methods which will give the child positive results. Programs for children as young as preschool age are designed for developmental disabilities including speech impediments and more. Such programs can be found in public schools as well as private schools which are specifically for children with speech and language disorders. A therapist will use various exercises and techniques for oral motor skills, articulation, and language intervention.

Parents also play an important role in the treatment for speech impediments for children of any age. Babies should be encouraged to imitate sounds. Reading to a child is beneficial. Speak often throughout the day. No matter what activities are on the agenda, continuously identify objects whether at the park, at the store, or when taking a walk. Make a conscious effort to speak to your child as much as possible. Call their attention to everything you are doing, even when preparing dinner. Although a child’s replies to a parent’s prompted conversations may be laborious, the repetition is just what is needed to overcome a speech impediment or any other type of expressive language disorder.

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