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Signs That Your Child Might Need Speech Therapy

by Soledad Gomez

Learning to speak clearly takes time for children and it's to be expected that they might mispronounce words, have difficulty with certain letters and letter combinations, and struggle to find the right words at times. While most children will outgrow these habits and learn to speak clearly over the years, some children might benefit from speech therapy. Working with a speech therapist can help them to overcome certain difficulties they may experience and to speak more clearly. Note when your child might need speech therapy to help them catch up with their peers and speak clearly and properly.

1. Even you don't understand what they're saying

When a child is learning to speak, it's not unusual for their parents to become accustomed to their pronunciation of different words during this process. However, if even you don't understand their sounds and words, they may need speech therapy. They may be struggling to pronounce words or may not understand how to put sounds together to form words, so much that even those who are around them every day, meaning their parents and siblings, cannot become familiar with their attempts, and they may not simply outgrow this struggle on their own.

2. A toddler can't combine words to make phrases or sentences

A very young child learning to speak will learn single words at a time, but by the time a child is a toddler, he or she should be able to put words together to make phrases, and then eventually sentences. For instance, the word "home" should eventually be combined with other words so your toddler might say, "Go home now?" and even phrase it as a question. If they struggle to do this and continue to communicate only in single words, a speech therapist can work with them to identify how to put other words together to more clearly communicate.

3. They don't socialize well

If your child's struggles with speech are affecting their socialization, it's good to send him or her to a speech therapist. You may find that their "baby talk" is cute and may understand their words and pronunciation of things, but a child should be able to freely socialize with peers and will eventually need to learn to communicate clearly with those outside the home. Not being able to speak clearly with others can cause embarrassment and even hinder them from fully participating in school and in social settings, whereas a speech therapist can help them catch up to their peers and feel more comfortable with their speaking.

For more information about enrolling your child in speech therapy, contact a company like communiKIDS.