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Toddler 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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would speech therapy help a child with selective mutism, if he already speaks fine when he wants to speak?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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