Join us in the new episode of The Fatherhood Challenge Podcast, where we discuss what a speech pathologist actually does, why parents might need one for their child, and how to help children's speech & language development while bonding.
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A speech-language pathologist is someone who helps people communicate, covering a big scope of practice like:
helping people with their language, and their ability to understand language, such as following directions and answering questions;
helping people express themselves, their wants their needs, and their thoughts;
helping people with swallowing difficulties, voice skills and memory skills, problem-solving, and others.
If you or your child are having one of the difficulties mentioned above, consider speaking with a professional as soon as possible. There are multiple options available for people looking for a speech-language pathologist, such as:
traditional in-person speech therapy, where you need to make an appointment and wait three to six months for an evaluation (before you actually get the treatment);
online speech therapy, where you can reach a therapist and get set up with an SLP from your state the very next day.
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Once your baby is born keep talking with them, telling them what you're doing, and talking to them in a loving, supportive way. This way you're offering them your vocal support, you're offering them this incredible information of emotion, the emotional intelligence that they are loved, that they are supported. There's a bond that is happening and you're offering language -the language of emotion, the actual language of English or whatever language you speak in, the language of vocal.
Some of the red flags to watch out for with your children's speech & language development:
your baby is not engaging with you, you start to see that they're not making noises, they're not localizing the sound, or they're not head-turning and not wanting to communicate with you;
once your baby starts to hit two or three years old, if you're noticing that they're sticking only around one or two words, or if they're sticking only by a few sounds, those are red flags that you absolutely want to reach out to a speech-language pathologist.
It's really important that you notice these right away as their language grows and contact a speech-language pathologist. At Better Speech, we offer online speech therapy services convenient for you and tailored to your child's individual needs. Our services are affordable and effective - get Better Speech now.
About the Author
I am ASHA Board Certified Speech Language Pathologist and Chief Knowledge Officer with Better Speech. Since obtaining my CCC’s in 2010, I have worked with individuals of all ages from little ones who are learning to understand and express themselves to adults who want to improve their speaking skills and become a more fluent and effective communicator. I love to teach and educate others, in my spare time I like reading, cooking and traveling!