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.
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?
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?
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.
Aphasia is a condition that makes it difficult for the sufferer to communicate. Aphasia affects oral communication, both speaking and comprehension, as well as written communication, both reading and writing. In this article, we will look at the causes, symptoms, and various types of aphasia.
Speech therapy may not be the first thing people think of when they hear about autism, but it is an extremely beneficial treatment for autistic children. Other than the obvious benefits of improved communication, speech therapy can help autistic children better interact with others, build relationships, and integrate into society.
Most people tend to believe that a lisp is a speech condition where a person’s “s” and “z” tend to be substituted in their speech, resulting in distorted conversation. While this is true to a certain extent, lisping impediments are much more complicated than most people think.