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According to studies, in the last year, one in twelve children between the ages of three and seventeen have experienced a voice, speech, language, or swallowing impairment, and only just over half of these children receive the help they need. According to the research, children with communication impairments struggle with voice, swallowing, speech, language, or all four, and roughly one-third of them combine two or more of these issues. When communication is a challenge, Square Peg Therapies can help!

Early Diagnosis is Everything

In our line of work, we witness firsthand how untreated communication impairments frequently result in more serious social, academic, and developmental problems. Those closest to a kiddo with a communication impairment are frequently their greatest resource. Regrettably, a lot of parents and caregivers miss the warning signs or ignore them too quickly. It is imperative to identify speech, language, and hearing problems early on in order to enhance social and academic results as well as an individual’s quality of life.

Maybe They’ll Grow Out Of It

Strong communication abilities need to be nurtured but many parents misunderstand warning signs. They are under the false impression that speech or language impairments typically “grow out” of youngsters. Sadly, this is far from true. While it is true that some kids are “late bloomers,” treatment is frequently required as well. Effective communication is essential for behavior, education, literacy, social skills, and forming friendships. Early treatment of speech and language impairments is far simpler, more efficient, and less expensive. Our Speech-language pathologists can effectively diagnose and treat issues related to speech and language. If your youngster is not repeating words and noises, speaking sounds incorrectly, or exhibiting other challenging behaviors, the sooner you find treatment, the better!

 

Warning Symptoms in Young Kiddos

  • Does not babble (4 and 7 months)
  • Merely makes a few noises or motions, such as pointing (7–12 months)
  • 7 months to 2 years old; does not comprehend what others say.
  • Speaks in brief phrases (12–18 months)
  • Says the words “p,” “b,” “m,” “h,” and “w” incoherently (1-2 years)
  • It takes time to understand words (18 months–2 years).
  • Does not combine words to form sentences (1-3 years)
  • Says k, g, f, t, d, and n in words (2–3 years) incorrectly
  • Even while speaking to acquainted individuals, produces confusing speech (three to five years)
  • Repeating a word’s initial sounds, such as “b-b-b-ball” for “ball,” regardless of age
  • Extending the sound, such as “fffffarm” for “farm” (any age)

Getting treatment is never too late, even though it ideally starts early. After receiving treatment, the vast majority of kiddos report noticeably improved conditions.

Children Are Children

Every kiddo has different traits and aspects of themselves that make them different and unique. That does not mean less than or wrong. Some children are born deaf and require a hearing aid or cochlear implant to hear. Some children are diagnosed with non-verbal conditions and require a speech generating device to express their wants and needs. Others have difficulty walking and require walking aids or a wheelchair. No matter the difference that is present, all of these children are still children. They deserve to be heard and understood, even when it is difficult. Although treatment ideally begins early, it is never too late to get help. Contact Square Peg Therapies today and let’s discover your child’s unique potential today.

 

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