Speech Development Blog

5 Things You Need to Know About Your Toddler’s Speech Development

As parents, we always have questions about our children’s development. What is normal? How can I help my child talk? Here are a few things I think every parent should know about speech and language development in toddlers:

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Speech and Language Development: An Overview

What is speech and language development?

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Everything You Need to Know About Stuttering in Simple Terms

We all have disfluencies in our speech. We use “um”, “uh”, “er”, and pausing, but what is stuttering? Stuttering affects the fluency of speech. It usually begins in childhood, and in some cases, lasts for a lifetime. The disorder is caused by disruptions in the productions of speech sounds, also called disfluencies. While it is true that most people have these disfluencies from time to time, it isn’t a problem until they impede communication and a person produces too many of them.

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Why You Shouldn't "Wait and See for Speech Development"

Most parents that have a child who has difficulty with speech or language often hear the saying: “Wait and see, he’ll grow out of it”. They might even try to reassure you by saying that someone they knew different talk until….” Most all parents that enter their child into speech therapy will admit to some “wait and see” advice. This “wait and see” advice is so prevalent because sometimes, it is right. Unfortunately, it isn’t always correct and to those children that were given the extra time and did not grow out of it, have then lost precious time that has set them even further back from their peers. It is important to note that there are never any adverse effects from helping a child who might grow out if it, but there are significant risks to waiting on a child who will not.

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Ten ADHD Myths and Speech Development

If you’re child has been recently diagnosed or you have a suspicion that your child might have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and are confused as to what this means, read these ten myths that surround this disorder and the scientific facts to dispel them. These two conditions are now both referred to in the medical community as ADHD.

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Speech Therapy Apps

Technology has become part of our daily lives as well as our children’s lives. Technology is so amazing in that iPad and iPhone application developers have created motivating apps that target many speech and language problems that some children face. SpeechTails is also compatible with the iPad and can be used when on the go as well. While there are literally hundreds of apps out there, here are a few apps that help target some specific speech problems such as improving or maintaining vocabulary, articulation, and pragmatic and language skills.

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Dyslexia and Speech Development

Dyslexia is a type of specific learning difficulty in which a child has difficulties with language and words. The most common characteristic of dyslexia is that the child has difficulty reading and spelling for no apparent reason. Your child might be intelligent and able to achieve well in other areas and subjects but is unable to read at the expected level. Spelling, comprehension, reading, and identification of words are all common problems that children with dyslexia face. It is important to acknowledge that dyslexia is not a symptom of low intelligence and, in fact, many highly intelligent and creative people such as Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison both struggled with dyslexia.

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Can a Speech Pathologist (Therapist) help my child?

Many people do not realize just how many disorders or conditions that a speech pathologist can treat. These are some general categories and specific conditions that can benefit from speech therapy. While this is by no means a complete list, it should give you a good idea of the many children that can be helped by a speech language pathologist.

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Phonological Processing Delay vs. Articulation Delay

Many Children have difficulty pronouncing words correctly. This is referred to as an articulation delay or a phonological delay. We have covered articulation delays in previous posts and have given information about speech milestones. But what is the difference between an articulation delay and a phonological processing delay?

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Speech Therapy Myths

When you first started researching speech therapy and speech disorders, chances are you might have come across some misguided information along the way. You might hear that your child will likely grow out of his speech disorder, that you should never use “baby talk” with an infant, or that living in a bilingual household is detrimental to your child’s language development. Never hesitate to talk to your speech language pathologist about these issues. The following are some speech therapy myths:

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