Speech therapy presents an excellent potential cure for many people with speech difficulties, regardless if they are children or adults. There are people, especially children, which have certain troubles controlling and managing their language skills. Namely, they might be having problems with pronunciation regarding certain obstructions in their speech capability, or they may be unable to construct meaningful sentences by combining different words. Naturally, there are more additional speech problems regarding this condition. Therefore, it is very important to start the treatment at an early age, while, the child is still acquiring language, in order for the therapy to have the greatest effect on the child later.
Characteristics of Speaking Difficulties
First of all, the speaker may have problems with voice regarding speed, rhythm, volume, pitch and similar aspects of language. Secondly, there might be some problems regarding fluency where people may stutter or pronounce some syllables or words longer or shorter than they should. Additionally, they could have some pronunciation mistakes fossilized in their vocabulary, therefore uttering some words incorrectly. Also, one's extremely limited vocabulary may stand in way of their language creativity, therefore making their sentences hard or impossible to understand.
Finally, difficulties in eating and swallowing, or some inborn defects regarding one's organs of speech along with certain mental disorders all add on to the list of possible causes of speaking difficulties. For all of the reasons mentioned above, it is best to have your child diagnosed for some of them and start the adequate treatment in order to correct the ongoing speech problems.
Possible Therapy Methods
In order to boost the child's language creativity, the therapist may involve him or her into analyzing numerous different books and other items, helping him or her realize the difference between the meanings of different words and helping the child learns how to combine these words into meaningful sentences introducing important syntax exercises through fun and games.
In cases of mouth problems regarding eating and swallowing, the therapist will try to teach the child how to eat correctly and will emphasize the usage of jaw muscles, extremely important for speech as well as for eating.
However, although therapists are trained to help your child, you may contribute as well, by doing some interesting exercises with him or her while spending time together. Namely, if you desire to practice a specific sound your child is having problems with, try to motivate him or her to find all the things in the house which have the troublesome sound in their pronunciation. Talk with your child often and provide him or her with comic books, short stories or some linguistic games which will help him or her develop language skills better.