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What is Speech Therapy?
Speech therapy is an assessment of a child’s speech and language competence, performed by a SLP (Speech-Language Pathologist), coupled with treatment of any speech disorder, language disorder, or communication problem that would inhibit the child from speaking as a person would without a speech condition.
Speech therapy can help children with speech and language disorders conquer their speech issues through practice and repetition, giving them the confidence to carry on normal conversations in everyday life without the fear of embarrassment.
When Should I Consider Speech Therapy for My Child?
While kids develop differently, and environmental factors will play a big part of speech development in children, you may want to consider consulting with a speech pathologist for children if your kid does not follow a typical language development timeline:
Newborn: 1 Year: Newborns, up to the age of one, should start forming the sounds they will need for speech. While some newborns may begin to mimic words before the age of one, it is extremely common for children to be unable to speak coherent words during this time frame. However, if your child shows no signs of speech development (such as babbling, interest in people speaking, non-verbal signs, etc,) it may be time to consider speech therapy for your kid.
1-2 years: If you are asking "When should kids start talking?", this would be the appropriate time frame. Speech development in toddlers varies, but this would be the answer most child speech pathologists would give you. The majority of toddlers under 3 start learning their first words in the beginning of this time period, and their vocabulary/wording structure will slowly start to expand during this time. By the age of 2, most children begin to form word combinations in order to better express what they want, such as “my bottle.” This is the time frame where speech delay in toddlers can present itself, and the most appropriate time for early intervention speech therapy.
2-4 Years: This time period will be crucial to identifying the need for a pediatric speech therapist, as your kid graduates from toddler to preschool age. Your child’s vocabulary should steadily increase from ages 2-4, and the kid should be able to start speaking (at least) fragmented sentences by the end of the period. They should also have a firm understanding of directional words, such as “here”, “there”, “on top”,”under”, etc. Mispronunciations are still common during this time, but once a kid reaches the age of 4, it should become clear whether the child is working towards pronouncing the words correctly, or they may have an underlying speech disorder. Children with speech delay should be easily identifiable during this time frame.
Should Others Be Able to Understand my Toddler?
In addition to the other guides on this page and in our blog, one of the other ways we can use to measure child development is their understandability. What if someone – a distant cousin, a new neighbor, the pediatrician – doesn’t understand what your child is saying.
If some people don’t seem to understand your toddler, that’s probably okay. While toddlers will develop at their own pace in general, there is a good scale of understandability that you can use to help you make a determination if you think your toddler might have a speech delay or other concern.
AGE IN YEARS / 4 x 100 = % UNDERSTOOD BY STRANGERS
Child aged 1 = 1/4 or 25% intelligible to strangers
Child aged 2 = 2/4 or 50% intelligible to strangers
Child aged 3 = 3/4 or 75% intelligible to strangers
Child aged 4 = 4/4 or 100% intelligible to strangers
(Source: Flipsen, 2006)
What this means, is that, for example, a 2-year-old in conversation with an unfamiliar listener (distant relative, a pediatrician who sees the child twice a year) would only have 50% of what they say understood.
This guide gives you another way to determine if your toddler’s speech is progressing typically, or if you should consider exploring speech therapy services.
Common Speech and Language Disorders with Kids
Resonance - Resonance disorders occur as a result of blockage in the mouth, nose, or throat area, disrupting the normal voice vibrations that determine voice quality. Causes of resonance disorders include velopharyngeal dysfunction, cleft palates, and swollen tonsils.
Fluency - Fluency issues affect the rate and rhythm at which the child speaks, and is most commonly associated with stuttering. Any prolongations, repetitions, interjections, and other blocks that occur regularly could be considered a fluency disorder. The exact causes of fluency issues are unknown, but it has been noted that the disorders may worsen during times of stress of anxiety. Parents can consult with a children's speech therapist to determine the best course of action to resolve their fluency issue.
Articulation - Articulation disorders occur when the child has trouble saying words correctly. Articulation disorders are commonly associated with speech delay in children, as they both focus on the physical act of speaking rather than language. The most common instance of articulation disorders are seen when a child repeatedly substitutes one sound of a word for another, like saying “wain” instead of “rain”.
How Does Speech Therapy Help Children?
Speech therapy for kids can be thought of as intensive speech and language practice, tailored to the specific speech disorder that your child has. Speech therapy for children differs from speech therapy for adults in practice, but the principle remains the same. The treatment for your child will depend heavily on the condition, but all treatments have two things in common: repetition and home practice. It takes practice to overcome each speech disorder, and constant repetition will be key to developing the proper speech habits in toddlers, kids, and adults alike.
Pediatric speech therapy treatments include one-on-one sessions that focus on forming commonly mispronounced, interjected, or blocked sounds and words, which will address your child’s speech disorder directly. It is also a great idea to practice the methods taught by the SLP with your child in your spare time, as the more time spent addressing what you and your speech therapist are working on, the more likely your kid will be to overcome the disorder.
In the long-term, overcoming a speech disorder can lead to less feelings of embarrassment and frustration, as well as a greater sense of confidence within your kid. Communicating with peers will be much easier, and can have a positive impact on both their personal and professional lives.
Why Choose Better Speech?
With over 100 online speech therapists ready to help your child, there is no waiting needed to get started. No more "pediatric speech therapists near me" searches, and no more long drives to see a specialist. A speech therapist is ready to provide your kid with their first speech therapy session as early as tomorrow, and we have the most experienced and compassionate team in the industry.
Better Speech speech therapists have delivered thousands of online speech therapy sessions for children over their years of employment at Better Speech. Each of our employees are state certified, and trained to handle the delicate situations that come with the frustrations from children enrolled in speech therapy. If you are looking for an online speech therapist that truly cares about your kid’s progress in speech therapy, you’ve found the right place!
Consult With a Speech Therapist
When it comes to your child and speech disorders, identifying problems early is crucial. The longer a kid continues with speech issues, the harder it will be to break these habits. Ages 0-4 are arguably the most formative years when it comes to speech therapy in children, and consulting with a speech pathologist for children can help you confidently identify if your kid needs speech therapy during this formative time. Contact an online speech therapist today to discuss the best course of action for your child, and the proper treatment to overcome their specific speech disorder.