Does your baby babble? It’s always a good sign if he or she does.
It is normal and healthy for babies to babble and experiment with vocals even before they recognize words,” says Janelle Hiester, MS, CCC-SLP/L, a speech-language pathologist with Good Shepherd’s Pediatrics Program. “A baby’s lack of ‘babble’ or ‘baby talk’ could be an early sign of a speech delay or disorder.”
To recognize signs of a speech disorder, pay close attention to a child’s speech patterns. Some signs of trouble may include:
Inconsistencies in the way a child pronounces words. A child may pronounce the same word two different ways from day to day or even in the same sentence.
Difficulty getting words out. This is especially noticeable when you know what your child is trying to say, such as “milk,” “mommy,” “daddy,” etc.
Understanding language more than he or she is able to verbalize. Typically, the understanding of language and expression grow together.
Difficulties with longer words or sentences. A child with a speech disorder may have more difficulty with sentences than single words.
Problems with speaking can be frustrating for a child, as it would be for anyone. That’s why it is important to recognize the signs of a disorder and begin treatment early.
“Speech therapists at Good Shepherd know that no two children are alike, so they take an individualized approach to improvement,” says Hiester. “Treatment is child-centered and differs for each child based on his or her learning preferences and the parents’ wants or needs.”
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