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Help Your Child Build Confidence With Speech Therapy

If your young child has a speech or language disorder, you’re likely seeking help to alleviate problems as he or she grows older. It doesn’t take an expert to see that children can develop emotional and psychological issues stemming from a lack of self-esteem when their speech is impaired. 

At Little Wonders Pediatric Therapy in Charlotte, North Carolina, our highly-trained speech therapist, who is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association-certified speech-language pathologist, is an integral part of our team. She works hand in hand with our occupational therapists to help your child improve his speech/language deficit. 

Speech therapy helps improve communication and speech disorders in children and adults. 

Speech/language disorders come in many forms. Your child may have autism. He may not be able to process what others are saying, thus inhibiting his responses. He may have an expressive disorder and find it hard to form sentences as a result of a hearing loss or other medical issue. Fluency may be a problem, causing your child to stutter. It could be an articulation issue, an inability to pronounce letters correctly. 

Speech/language deficits cause emotional, behavioral, and psychological problems

Very young children who can’t verbalize at an age appropriate level may suffer from excessive separation anxiety and temper tantrums, which are symptoms of frustration at not being able to make their needs known. 

Older children may refuse to read aloud at home or in school, withdraw socially, or act out and rebel against expectations at school or at home. They’re associating the activity with fear and dread. They have reason to be fearful; they’re at high risk of being bullied at school

Speech therapy and follow-up practice at home improve speech/language skills 

Our Little Wonders speech pathologist works with your child one on one and in small groups to have him practice new language skills. The activities are fun and engaging, so your child is motivated to learn. She asks you to practice speech strategies at home with your child. She explains how you can incorporate therapy into exercises that are fun for your child. 

Parents who follow speech therapy recommendations at home help children improve their communication skills. A study of toddlers and young children between 18 and 60 months found that parents who followed recommendations for speech/language intervention improved their child’s receptive and expressive speech skills. Research shows that children who engage in recommended speech activities at home usually see the most progress. 

Improving communication skills builds independence and friendships, which helps improve self-confidence

Once your child sees that he’s making progress in speech therapy, he’ll most likely be motivated to continue working hard to make even more progress. Improvement builds increased self-confidence. 

Once your child feels he can communicate better and be understood, he won’t have to rely on you to be the interpreter for his wants and needs. This new independence fuels self-confidence. Your child may begin to engage in social activities he shunned previously.  

When your child feels that his communication skills have improved, he’s much more likely to reach out to talk to other children. New friendships may form, along with new forms of play.  

Call or message Little Wonders Pediatric Therapy today to make an appointment for a consultation to help improve your child’s communication skills.

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