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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

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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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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?

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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4 year old has speech delay. We speak 3 langs at home and she doesn't interact w other toddlers. Can pre k+ speech therapy fix/help?

4 year old has speech delay. We speak 3 langs at home and she doesn't interact w other toddlers. Can pre k+ speech therapy fix/help?

Should: Multilingual kids should still progress with speech & language at the same pace as others. I would contact the local public school special services department & arrange an evaluation. They have a program called Child Find which is designed to find such kids and work with them to prepare them for school entry. ...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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How to fix my lisp wtihout speech therapy?

You can search : online for methods that are effective for different types of lisps, but nothing beats direct instruction & practice, practice, practice. Ask your dentist if you have a tongue thrust for which an appliance will help. Call the Speech/Language Pathology department of your closest university or med school & ask to work with a grad student if cost is an issue. ...Read more

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Why do I need speech therapy after a stroke?

Get back, where left: Speech defect/ loss, a very common finding after suffering from a stroke. Usually a good recovery, with good speech therapy. It is just like getting back to childhood, learning again. ...Read more

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What can be done about a lisp without speech therapy?

What can be done about a lisp without speech therapy?

May be difficult: Is there a reason you are trying to avoid speech therapy? A speech therapist can be very helpful in helping you to change your speech patterns. It will also require lots of practice yourself outside of scheduled therapy sessions. Speak with your primary about getting a referral. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to cure my lisp with out speech therapy?

May be difficult: Is there a reason you are trying to avoid speech therapy? A speech therapist can be very helpful in helping you to change your speech patterns. It will also require lots of practice yourself outside of scheduled therapy sessions. Speak with your primary about getting a referral. Good luck. ...Read more

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Stroke at 90 . At this stage, would a speech therapy help her?

Worth trying: It could help. Depends on the size and density of stroke. Very reasonable to try. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to fix my lisp wtihout speech therapy?

Techniques to reduce: frontal, interdental, lateral & palatal lisps are available online, but only proper dental or maxillo-facial and speech/language diagnostic evaluations guide optimal individual treatment. If cost is an issue, seek treatment at the closest school of dentistry & speech/language pathology graduate school program. ...Read more

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What happens in a speech therapy of stammerers? Is it effective?

What happens in a speech therapy of stammerers? Is it effective?

Seek a referral from: your Primary Care Provider to a Speech/Language Therapist for evaluarion & therapy to learn to slow down your speech & regulate your breathing while speaking. Also seek referral to a psychotherapist to reduce anxiety about speaking. Medications are a useful adjunct for fear of public speaking Long-term efficacy of electronic devices has not been proven. Read out loud in private 30 minutes/day. ...Read more

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Can a lisp be helped with speech therapy even when you are older?

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Speech: Sure. Ask your doctor for resources regarding speech therapists in your area. ...Read more

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How to talk clearly in speech therapy?

This is what : Speech therapy teaches you to do. Can't teach you that in 400 characters or less (plus I am not a speech therapist.). ...Read more

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What speech therapy activities can I do with someone who has pronounciation problems?

Speech therapy: It better be left to a speech therapist and let them work on it.It depends on the age and what the problem is and they are the only ones who can advoce you. ...Read more

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Will speech therapy help me with my emotional problems?

Yes, but indirectly: Speech therapy may help will self confidence. Also, if you can reduce the number of times you experience anxiety while speaking, you can focus on other aspects of relationships ...Read more