How Long Does A Child Need Speech Therapy

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Children should be keenly studied and upon identification of impediments, must immediately be enrolled in speech therapy. There is a marked improvement in children enrolled in speech therapy before the age of 5 years over children who have been enrolled after 5 years of age.

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Speech therapy is a therapy aimed at solving speech impediments disorders of voice language swallowing and communication. The disorders may be cognitive as well. Therapies are recommended according to the unique needs of the child and may vary widely. The reasons for speech disorders are multiple and can range from brain injury and birth defect to autism. Children should be keenly studied and upon identification of impediments must immediately be enrolled in speech therapy. There is a marked improvement in children enrolled in speech therapy before the age of 5 years over children who have been enrolled after 5 years of age.

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How long a child will need speech therapy depends on a variety of factors: The child may be suffering from a simple impediment. It may even be due to a lack of self-confidence. On the other hand a child may require speech therapy due to the effects of an underlying disease that is actually the source of the impediment. Different reasons necessitate different lengths of speech therapy in children:

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Underlying cause - A speech disorder can be corrected very easily in case of an absence of underlying causes. For example if a child has a brain injury it will take much longer for him to recover than one who stutters. Concurrent disease -If a person has a concurrent disease like autism the speech impediment will be influenced by it and thus autism becomes a factor. Such types of speech impediment take time to recover. Severity of the disease - If a child has advanced cerebral palsy speech articulation will be extremely difficult. The child may also face ankyloglossia as a result and face huge problems. These children will take time to recover.

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Motivation of the child -If the child has no other problems motivation plays a big role in speech therapy. It depends on how motivated the child is and how fast the child wants to overcome the impediment. A motivated child will take less duration of speech therapy while a passive child will require a longer time. Parental involvement - To help their children overcome speech impediments parental involvement is essential. They must completely push the child to become better. Constantly talking and addressing the issues at home also plays a definitive role in improving speech impediments. Facing pressure from the family in the right way improves the performance of the child and begins to cure the speech impediment.

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Age of start of therapy - There is a marked improvement in children enrolled in speech therapy before the age of 5 years over children who have been enrolled after 5 years of age. This has been scientifically proven and this indicates that any speech impediment must be identified at the earliest. Time is of the essence. Parental communication with therapists -Parental communication with therapists is also important. The child may have a very basic impediment which is extremely minor and is surgically correctable. Until that is done the impediment will not be addressed. For example if a child has “ s hor t lingual fr enulum ” certain sounds that need lifting of the tongue cannot be created. It is easily treatable through surgery and immediately any existing impediment may be addressed. For parents to know this regular communication with physicians is helpful.

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Adherence and discipline - Discipline and consistency is key. The child must attend all the sessions and must rigorously and religiously follow all the instructions. Once a child follows the instructions this way the speech impediment will start to get cured. One should continue to perform the lessons learnt whether at school or home continuously and not only at specific sessions. A disciplined child requires less speech therapy than a child who is disinterested and not disciplined. Source https://jesswilliam.kinja.com/how-long-does-a-child-need-speech-therapy-1835058665

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