Most parents with non-verbal children assume that such children do not need speech and language services. To them, of what use is a speech and language therapy to a child who is non-verbal.
This assumption is wrong because augmentative and alternative communication is has been found to be very important for people (children and adults alike) with such conditions. As a matter of fact, ongoing speech and language therapy are very important for anyone with limited communication so as to help the person learn how to communicate with others.
In this article, we shall be looking at the various benefits of ongoing speech therapy for non-verbal children:
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Taking care of a child with autism isn’t an easy task but as a parent, it is your duty to help your child with autism live a healthy, happy life.
First and foremost, I must state that it is usually depressing to learn that your child isn’t as healthy as other kids. But you should know that proper care and professional help often lead to an improved life for children with autism.
That said, here are some parenting tips that can help you to take care of a child with autism.
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The first step is to equip yourself with enough information about the disorder and how you can go about improving your child’s quality of life. That is why we dedicate time and resources to provide you with information about autism and other common disorder suffered by children.
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In our previous post, we looked at the common speech problems in children and what to do to help an affected child to overcome any of these conditions. Read More
Today, we shall focus on examining the second aspect of speech-language disorders, which is actually the language aspect of such disorders in children.
Generally, language disorders occur when a child uses fewer words than children of the same age. A language disorder may make it hard for a child to find the right words to compose a complete sentence. It can also make it difficult for the affected child to comprehend what others are saying.
Language disorders are loosely classified into three different kinds – Expressive Language Disorder (ELD), Receptive Language Disorder (RLD), and Expressive-Receptive Language Disorder (ERLD).
Speech-language disorders occur when a child finds it difficult to make the sounds of speech, or understand and speak with other people. According to a report released by the United State’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, speech-language disorders are very common as 7.7 percent of children (that is 1 in 12 children in America) have either a speech or swallowing disorder. Read More
In part one of this series, we will be focusing on common speech disorders in children and solutions for children facing these challenges.
Generally, children with speech disorder find it hard forming the sounds to produce speech or putting words together to form sentences.
In a previous post, we discussed the various speech-language milestones that children are supposed to hit at diffe...
Learning disabilities, learning disorders, or learning problems occur when a child’s brain is wired to receive and process information differently. This means that the child hears, sees, and understand things in a way that is different from a generally accepted viewpoint, thus making it difficult for the child to learn new information and skills. Read More
Identifying learning disability in children isn’t so easy, especially if you’ve not handled a child with a learning disability. While there are red flags to watch out for, it is important to note that an inconsistent display of such a sign may mean that your child has no problem.
However, there are warning signs that are more common than others, especially during different development stages of a child.
In our recent post, we discussed the di...
The first problem you may encounter as a parent is being able to detect whether your child is developing at the appropriate pace or lagging behind. Read More
Though children develop at different paces, it is pertinent to note that at different stages of life (ages), a child is expected to hit certain learning milestones. You should start to feel concerned and possibly seek intervention when a child shows a consistent inability to meet these milestones as they grow.
Below are the learning milestones to watch out for as your child grows:
Preschool age (2-6 Years)
At this age, your child should be able to pronounce words as well as learn alphabets, numbers, shapes, days of the week, and colors. He or she should also be able to follow directions, learn routines, and rhymes...
There are different types of speech disorders encountered by children. The problem is, it takes training and experience handling such conditions to be able to unravel the actual speech disorder that a kid may be suffering from. Read More
In a previous article, we highlighted the difference between childhood apraxia and late-talking. In the post, we explained that while apraxia has more to do with developmental delays leading to the inability to coordinate the muscles used to produce speech, late-talking is a disorder caused by having a limited spoken vocabulary for a child of certain age bracket.
In as much as this explanation and similar ones that you can find on the internet is useful...
A simple search for “late-talking” will find you hundreds of posts by concerned parents seeking guidance for their late-talking kids. The first problem is that most parents find it difficult differentiating between childhood apraxia and late-talking. Read More
It is important to note that while the former has more to do with developmental delays leading to the inability to coordinate the muscles used to produce speech, a late talker has no problem with understanding language and developing social skills, thinking skills, and motor skills.
The problem encountered by late talkers emanates from having a limited spoken vocabulary. It is a puzzling condition because there is no consensus explanation among researchers as to what the primary causes of late-talking are...
Every child—with a learning disability or not—possesses their own unique learning style. Some can learn best with their eyes by seeing or reading, others with their ears by listening, and while others by doing. You can help a child with a learning disability by recognising his or her primary learning style.
Is your child a visual, an auditory, or a kinesthetic learner? Once you’ve learned your child’s learning style, then you can take steps to ensure that the learning style is promoted in their classroom and during home study. The following will help you identify what type of a learner your child is.
Is your child a visual learner?
If your child is a visual learner, he or she:
- Learns best by seeing or reading
- Excels when the material is presented and tested visually, rather as ver...
Has your child been diagnosed with a learning disability? Do you worry about how your child will be able to cope with school? While it’s important to want the best for your child and ensure that he or she have a happy and fulfilling life. Academic success needn’t always be the end goal.. With your encouragement and other people’s support, your child can establish a strong sense of self-confidence and a solid foundation for lifelong success.
When it comes to learning disabilities in children, let us look at the big picture.
All children need love, encouragement, and support, and for children with learning disabilities, positivity can help them to have a strong sense of self-worth, confidence, and the determination to improve despite the difficulties.
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