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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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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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Toddler speech delay and arm flapping autistic or not?

Toddler speech delay and arm flapping autistic or not?

Needs evaluation!: Bring your toddler in to your pediatrician and voice your concerns about his development. We screen for a variety of early behaviors that increase risk. Does your child smile and interact with others? Does he gesture and point? Does he seem to understand what you say? How is his hearing? Does he have good eye contact with you and others? What does his preschool teacher think? Best of Luck! ...Read more

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How can applied behavioral analysis therapy help an autistic child?

How can applied behavioral analysis therapy help an autistic child?

AUTISM: Treatment for an autistic child had improved a lot since there was emphasis on autism. They can live and function a normal life with various therapy available. ...Read more

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Daughter age 5. Speech and language say she has understanding, vocabulary, processing, poor concentration and her language is disordered what is wrong?

Daughter  age 5. Speech and language say she has understanding, vocabulary, processing, poor concentration and her language is disordered what is wrong?

Hard to say: This is a complex issue that cannot be addressed without a complete evaluation of the child.Physical exam, testing and the input of speech and language pathologists are needed.Even then, the problem may be defined but the origin may remain elusive.Some kids have this as part of another set of developmental problems while others are otherwise normal.Look for answers with a developmental specialist. ...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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Is sign language effective for nonverbal autistic children?

Sometimes: Each child with a diagnosis of autism is truly different from others. Some will respond well and vunderstand signing, others will not. Certainly worth a try. ...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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Would teaching my 5 month old sign language delay his speech ability? Also any sign language tips?

Would teaching my 5 month old sign language delay his speech ability? Also any sign language tips?

No Delay: There is no evidence that teaching sign language would delay speech ability in the long run. The american sign language association has numerous helpful tips; please review them and discuss this issue with your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Will hyperbaric oxygen therapy help a child with autism?

Will hyperbaric oxygen therapy help a child with autism?

Sorry, no.: The only evidence-based treatment of autism is intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy geared at the child's developmental age. When a young child is ready, "peer therapy" is effective, adult-supervised play with a neurotypical peer in multiple settings. Group therapy at age 6 & > is repetitive, rote training in basic skills. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a speech therapist, speech coach, and a speech pathologist?

What are the differences between a speech therapist, speech coach, and a speech pathologist?

Speech/Language: Pathology is the field of specialty of American Speech-Language- Hearing Association - certified Speech/Language Therapists. Speech is the motor aspect of language, including articulation, prosody & phonation. See www.asha.org. I guess a speech coach is a psychologist or therapist who helps deal with anxiety associated with stuttering, not an ASHA-certified SLT. ...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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Do children with downs need speech therapy for tongue placement and eating?

Do children with downs need speech therapy for tongue placement and eating?

Often: Downs syndrome babies can have feeding problems and speech problems and often will require help and/or therapy. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old autistic son has the vocab of a 5 yr old however his language doesn't flow. Will speech therapy along with preschool be able to help him?

Prosody is the term: For pitch, tempo, intonation & rhythm of speech. Difficulty with both prosody & pragmatics, the conversational, turn-taking aspects of language, is seen in autistic spectrum disorder (formerly asperger syndrome). Your school district's child find team can assess your son for eligibility for early childhood special education. An inclusion" a pre-k class with neurotypical peers + slt will help. ...Read more

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Does a speech and language delay effect kids in terms of pretend play?

Does a speech and language delay effect kids in terms of pretend play?

It shouldn't impact: representational play, using one environmental object to represent another.A 12-mo.-old feeds, rocks or "reads to" a doll or stuffed animal. A 16-mo.-old sets a table with play dishes or "blows out" birthday candles on a plastic cake. Use developmental screens & M-CHAT on firstsigns.org. Share results with your pediatrician & Early Intervention Program Speech/Language therapist to get an answer. ...Read more

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Help please! could child abuse delay speech?

Help please! could child abuse delay speech?

One study indicates: That abused children who live with their families do not seem to have speech delay unless they are also subjected to neglect. However child abuse effect differs from child to child. Here is a website re effects of abuse and neglect on development: http://www.Dshs.Wa.Gov/ca/fosterparents/training/chidev/cd05a.Htm seek help for abused/neglected children and children with delayed speech. ...Read more

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What happens in a speech therapy for stammerers?And can one speech therapist work on differnt handicaps like dumb and deaf peaple along with stutteres

Stuttering: Speech therapists have special techniques to teach stutterers how to slow down their speech patterns, etc. Teaching a person who is deaf to speak would be challenging for a general speech therapist without specialized training and a team approach. ...Read more

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Can cognitive behavioral therapy rewire your brain?

Can cognitive behavioral therapy rewire your brain?

Yes: Rewiring the brain is how we learn things, and how we change behavior of all kinds. We strengthen certain connections between neurons (brain cells) and weaken others. ...Read more

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Does music therapy help for a child with persistent tics?

Does music therapy help for a child with persistent tics?

No: Persistent tics in children are best ignored in most cases. If the tics are disruptive, then safe medications can be used. Avoiding caffeinated drinks and chocolate can help diminish tics. If other conditions are present with the tics (ocd, anxiety, ad/hd) then treatment directed at those conditions may help. This might be where music may be soothing enough to calm an anxious child. ...Read more

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What's cognitive behavior therapy?

What's cognitive behavior therapy?

Therapy for Thoughts: Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) is a psychotherapy in which the therapist and the patient work together to revise problematic thinking patterns that lead to emotional and behavioral problems. This is essential because one's beliefs affect one's view of self, others, and one's future. What one believes, whether it is true or not, affects every aspect of our lives. "disputing" is one cbt skill. ...Read more

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