How To Communicate Effectively With Children Suffering From Speech Disorder

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Speech and language disorder in children can lead to physical impairments, learning disability, brain injury, neurological disorders and hearing loss. All this can effectively contribute to communication disorders in a child, which is a very common issue. A child may have greater expressive skills than receptive skills, or vice versa, but it’s not always the case. Speech disorder can interfere with the rhythm of speech, causing dysfluency. Several combinations can lead to voice disorders making it difficult for the listener to understand some wordings.

Some of the most common traits of speech disorders include lack of verbal and non-verbal ability, reduced vocabulary, improper grammatical patterns, lack of expressiveness and improper use of words. A combination of these may occur in children who suffer from such disabilities. They may understand what others are saying, but are not able to give it back.

How Can Professionals Help In Overcoming Communication Disorder?

Earliest attention to treating language disorder in a child is very important, and it can be effectively done with speech language therapy. Studies have shown that 70% of preschoolers are likely to respond well after the treatment, which includes:

Psychotherapy: If emotional issues are arising as a result of speech, you may want to see a psychologist for a psychotherapy session.

Speech Therapy: In order to improve the grammar and build the vocabulary slowly and steadily, a speech therapist can work with your child, and may also show you how to do it one-on-one.

There are plenty of special education services, including social skills training and speech therapy that can help your child in a great way. Teachers can also help a lot in modelling your child as per his condition. Say for instance, when a child is asking a question with a single word sentence, the teacher can respond correctly with the full sentence, so that he can hear it in correct order. Similarly the teacher can limit the questions to Yes or No types, just to make it easier to answer.

You can request for such informal supports, where teachers can act as a role model for the child. This will give them adequate time to grab things quickly, and respond normally, just like any other child.

What Can You Do At Home?

In order to complement what has been taught at the school and boost oral language skills of the child, you need some extra effort at your home too.

  • Communicate more: You need to be interacting with your child more than anyone else, since you have to make them used to the way you talk to people at home. Get him/her interested in music and teach them to repeat your wordings. Talk about everything around you, and make sure to answer all the questions they might have in their mind. At the same time, listen to your child as to what he is trying to say. Give him enough time to respond, without being impatient to fill the silence.
  • Make your child read books, which has pictures in it. This way, you can spark their imagination and encourage them to add a new ending to the story.

Contact Dr Samadi for a professional consultation on this issue!