If you notice that your child has signs of a language disorder, it is very important that you get your child evaluated by a professional speech therapist, like Midtown Manhattan Speech Therapist, Stacey Miller, SLP as soon as possible. Both receptive and expressive language skills are essential for social interaction and are necessary for communicating needs and wants. If your child has a speech problem, it can negatively impact the quality of his or her life. Children who are unable to express themselves will get frustrated because they are not being understood. The sooner your child is evaluated and diagnosed, the sooner the therapist can put together an appropriate effective treatment plan to help your child. Speech therapy services should be started as soon as a problem is discovered.
There are different types of speech and language problems. The age of your child plays a large part in whether or not a problem exists or how severe it may be. There are different milestones for language development. Children use specific language skills at different ages. There are warning signs of a speech or language problem. If a child is not utilizing certain language skills by the age that is within the norm there may be a problem. You will find a general list of warning signs by age group on Stacey Miller’s website. However, although milestones exist, there is room for individualization. A specialist would be able to determine that. Our Midtown Manhattan Speech Therapist, Stacey Miller, SLP has the expertise to determine if your child’s speech is within the norm for his or her age group and is able to diagnose and treat speech disorders.
There are different types of speech disorders. Some children are able to pronounce words clearly but cannot speak in full sentences (expressive disorder). While others may have an oral-motor disorder. When a child has an oral motor disorder, he or she has difficulty controlling his or her lips, tongue and/or jaw muscles, making mouth skills difficult to master. Mouth skills include anything from sipping from a straw, to eating and even talking. These are physical issues however; they often have a neurological component. There are 2 types of oral-motor disorders: Developmental Spraxia of Speech (DAS), also called dyspraxia of speech, and articulation disorders. In DAS, children have difficulty coordinating different parts of their mouths to create words. Articulation disorders are different. When a child has an articulation disorder, he or she may have fast-paced speech; leave out consonants or substituting one sound for another when speaking. Children produce different speech sounds at different ages in all words and phrases. In order to determine if it’s normal for your child’s age or if it’s a speech disorder, you need to get your child evaluated by a specialist. Our Midtown Manhattan Speech Therapist, Stacey Miller, SLP would be able to determine whether or not your child is not producing a certain speech sound due to age or if there is a possible speech disorder.
If you suspect that your child may have a speech or language problem, or another type of learning disability, you can help your child with early intervention. The sooner your child is diagnosed and works with a speech language pathologist, the better. Our Midtown Manhattan Speech Therapist, Stacey Miller, SLP is a caring; professional who is passionate about helping your child. Stacey Miller, SLP has over 10 years of experience helping children with different types of learning disabilities.