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When is it recommended that a child get speech therapy?

When is it recommended that a child get speech therapy?

Speech therapy: Speech develops in children gradually, but there are specific milestones we look for to see if they are developing normally. If there is a concern- not speaking at all, difficult to understand, or other problems of communication- it is best to get a speech evaluation. When these problems are identified early, it is easier to work with them and help your child. ...Read more

Dr. Suresh Gupta
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Speech Therapy (Definition)

Whenever there is a concern about a baby not meeting developmental milestones, it's wise to have a conversation with a healthcare provider to discuss what is happening, why, and what, if ...Read more


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If speech unclear, would cutting the frenulum and speech therapy help if the child is 15 years old ?

If speech unclear, would cutting the frenulum and speech therapy help if the child is 15 years old ?

Depends on situation: A speech pathologist will usually do an oral/motor exam to see if the tongue can reach all the places in the mouth needed to make the sounds needed for coherent speech. If the sp finds that your kid is normal, it is unlikely the procedure would improve things.If no one has done that exam, that would be my first step. ...Read more

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Caring for a Special Needs Child (Checklist)

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Would speech therapy help a shy child with selective mutism?

Would speech therapy help a shy child with selective mutism?

As above, and . . . : Selective mutism is a sign of anxiety disorder - a form of agoraphobia. But a well trained speech therapist could be a helpful participant in the overall care of this type of patient, coordinating with psychologist and physician. ...Read more

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Would speech therapy help a child with selective mutism, if he already speaks fine when he wants to speak?

No: No, speech therapy helps to correct functional problems with speech. Selective mutism is psychological/developmental in origin, and should be addressed as such. ...Read more

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My child has a cleft palate. Will she need speech therapy?

My child has a cleft palate. Will she need speech therapy?

Cleft speech therapy: Most, but not all, children with a surgically repaired cleft palate will need some speech therapy. A smaller number will need a second operation plus speech therapy to achieve normal speech. The goal is to have normal speech before starting first grade. ...Read more

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How does stroke speech therapy work?

How does stroke speech therapy work?

Trains new paths: There are pathways in the brain that conduct spoech a stroke affects these areas. Therapy establishes new paths. ...Read more

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What is stroke speech therapy exactly?

What is stroke speech therapy exactly?

A type of treatment: Stroke usually impairs functions of the pharynx and laryinx (voice box) as well as soft palate and tongue in that it pertains to swallowing and speech. Speech therapy's call is to help a stroke patient to recover some of the above functions. A licensed speech therapist will work with such a patient by teaching him to use his tongue and throat muscles to be able to swallow safely and regain speech. ...Read more

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