For some children, they were simply born to be the life of the party, bursting into rooms and enthusiastically approaching the first kid they see. Others are much more quiet & reserved, waiting to be approached or clinging to their parents. But when does shy become too shy?
The first 8 years are the most important in forming our communication skills, so promoting good communication in your baby will lay the foundation for the rest of their lives. So whether or not your child is having difficulty communicating, below are five tips to help encourage your child to communicate.
In order to raise awareness about autism, April has been designated as Autism Awareness Month. Now in its ninth year, the campaign will kick off on Sunday the 2nd of April, the official Autism Awareness Day. Thanks to campaigns such as these, the general public are now much more informed about what autism is, but many still struggle to understand how to approach communicating with an autistic person. This blog will lay out some of the top tips for communicating with autistic children.
Cleft lips and cleft palates affect roughly 1 in 700 newborns in Ireland, or roughly 92 a year. Understandably, clefts can have an impact on a person’s ability to speak, so this blog will look at how speech therapy can help overcome these issues.
Complications with speech may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), but the reality is it can have a major effect. Fortunately, speech therapy can help children with ADHD overcome the challenges they face, improving their expression, comprehension, and social skills.
Apraxia is a speech disorder which makes it difficult for a person to speak in a manner which is formed correctly and consistent. This may be a developmental problem or caused by some damage to the part of the brain responsible for speech. This disorder ranges from mild to severe depending on the individual.
Mumbling may not be a serious medical condition, but it can still have serious effects. Fortunately, because it is not a serious problem, mumbling is something most people can address by using the tips outlined below.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes it difficult for people to read and write. While it has been known to run in families, the exact causes of dyslexia are not yet certain, and it is believed that environmental factors may also play a role.
Stuttering is when a person involuntarily repeats or struggles to make a particular sound when speaking. Although research into the causes of stutters is ongoing, scientists have identified several possible causes. It appears that stuttering could be related to speech-motor control, which also means that stutters often run in the family.
Traditionally, children develop their social skills by observing their family and those around them. They listen and pick up words, turns of phrase and social etiquette from their daily interactions. Regular exposure to different social situations allows children to develop a bank of conversational behaviours to draw upon.
Lisping can be a cause of concern for many parents, who worry that their child may be bullied or may grow up keeping the lisp if it isn’t addressed early. This is an understandable reaction for a parent to have to any issue, but is lisping really a cause for concern, or is it something that will go away with time?
Blowing bubbles is a fun activity for both parents and kids alike, but it may come as a surprise that it is also a popular pastime of speech-language therapists too. While it may appear to be completely unrelated to SLT, blowing bubbles can actually have a wide variety of benefits patients who have conditions such as autism
Parents want the best for their young children and naturally want to ensure that the choices they make now will benefit them as they grow up. With that in mind, many parents have asked the question in recent years - does the traditional practice of giving pacifiers and sippy cups to children in fact contribute to a delay in the normal development of their speech and language skills?
For most of us, idioms are something we pick up naturally as we go through life, but for others, it can be a struggle to understand these seemingly random strings of words.
Lots of parents worry that their child is not developing at the same rate as other children around them. Talking is one of the most common causes of this worry, as learning to talk is generally regarded as one of the most fundamental aspects of a child's development.
Huntington's Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterised by the gradual degeneration or death of neurons in the brain. It affects people both mentally and physically, with motor control and cognitive ability both gradually weakening over time.
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder in which nerve cells in the brain begin to either break down or die. The exact causes of Parkinson’s disease are not yet known. While both genetic and environmental factors have both been observed to play a role, no specific cause has been identified.