I often wonder what it is that triggers parents to make the decision to bring their child to a speech pathologist. So many parents are under the impression with talking, that it is better to ‘wait and see’ if they catch up or let them develop ‘at their own pace’. I wonder if this ‘wait and see’ approach would apply if the child was not walking at 2 years of age or was not toilet trained by 4?
As speech pathologists we know that the best thing to do if you are concerned about your child’s speech or language skills is to ‘address it today and not to delay’. In fact, the timing of visiting a speech pathologist is actually crucial.
Research shows that from birth to 5 years, children learn language through back-and-forth interactions with their parents. The less a child speaks or the less intelligible they are, the less these interactions occur. Check out the full article written by the Hanen Organisation about ‘Why it is important to start early’.
However, I am as guilty as the next parent at putting my head in the sand and hoping things will just work out. So for argument’s sake, I have put together the top 3 reasons ‘for’ and ‘against’ taking your child to see a speech language pathologist.
Continue reading “A word on speech. “She’ll grow out of it…won’t she?””
Ever wondered when your two year old says ‘tup’ for ‘cup’…is that normal? Or when your eight year old says ‘fank you’ instead of ‘thank you’? We all have a bit of a giggle when the character Barry Kripke, from The Big Bang Theory talks but for kids, at what age is that normal and at what age should we be concerned?
Just like many skills in life, children learn how to say speech sounds correctly in a developmental sequence. Continue reading “When will my kids know how to say all their sounds?”
Don’t worry, “A banana a day keeps the speech lady away” is not a real saying so how could a banana be relevant in the field of speech pathology? We are actually talking something commonly known as the ‘speech banana’. Sharing an interest in this are audiologists, as the speech banana refers to the banana shape that you see in audiograms. Continue reading “Banana and speech – how could the two possibly relate?”
We hear this comment frequently from parents, often with kids ranging from 2 years up to 8 years of age. What is a lisp? When it is normal? When should it, if at all, be treated? Continue reading “HELP! My child has a lisp”
Remember the much loved Looney Tunes character, Tweety? “I twat I taw a puddy tat!” was his or her catch phrase and was full of speech errors (a recurring theme in many Looney Tunes characters). A little birdie once asked me…. “When does it stop being all b’s and d’s?” She was referring to her then two and half year old son’s speech and his speech pattern reminded me of Tweety. So is this normal?
Continue reading “Help! My child sounds like ‘Tweety’…”